Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My 3 Simple Rules for Writing

I'm sure you've heard the three rules for buying real estate. No? Well, here they are:

1) Location
2) Location
3) Location

Now, you don't have to be a real estate agent to understand how important location is for buying property.

What do the rules of real estate have to do with writing? Not much, although I like the simplicity, which is a good motto for writing most anything. 

What about the redundancy? 

Sometimes it's necessary to get the point across. As I thought about redundancy and my three simple rules for writing, it became clear.  Here they are:

1) Write
2) Read
3) Write

Ha! You thought all three would be write, right? Okay, enough fun with that.

Yes, it's a no brainer that to learn to write you need to actual sit down and spend some serious time putting words in the computer or on paper. But it's also very important to read. And read everything you can get your hands on: the paper, the ad on the cereal box, fliers, magazines, that annoying letter from Aunt Marion who brags about her kids, just EVERYTHING.

The reasons are many, but I'll focus on one...inspiration. 

Inspiration comes from all sorts of places. You can be inspired from a novel that takes you to a different planet or you can be inspired by the athlete on your corn crunch cereal. Inspiration can come from the flier the neighbor dropped off about dogs running free on the block, and inspiration can come from a striking model in a fashion magazine. 

And that annoying letter from your aunt...well...hmmm.

Okay, how about you tell me, how could an annoying letter from someone be used in your manuscript? 

Be creative. 

And the letter doesn't have to be annoying, maybe it's a note or email from someone...oh, what if it's from someone who has died (hand from the grave sort of deal) or some long lost love your MC hasn't heard from for years...

See how it works? 

Become inspired and write, read, write!


  1. Love this, Kathi! Very well said.

  2. I completely agree! When I'm actively reading - really any type of book, but especially fiction - it helps keep my creative juices flowing in my own writing.

  3. Stacy,
    I know what you mean. Sometimes when I'm reading a completely different genre than what I write, something will strike me and off I go.

  4. I agree, Kathi. Reading is so important. I read magazines, non-fiction, fiction, blogs, online articles--you name it. It enriches me.

  5. Jill,
    I know what you mean. I read as much as I can. It's always good to get other perspectives of the world around us. Helps the writing too. :)



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