Tips on power, characterization, and being concise today. Let’s start with power:
- Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner) writes about 7 Ways You Give Away Your Power–and How to Avoid It. While this piece is focused on the world of writing, her points can be generalized to life in general.
- Carol Tice (@TiceWrites) adds what could be yet another way in Unleash Your Writing with This Trick from the Movies on Write to Done. At first it might seem that what she’s offering here isn’t anything new–it’s been said many times before–but if you turn her suggestion to “suspend disbelief” to mean disbelief in your own abilities, you’ve just added to your own power.
- Jan Dunlap has a t-shirt that reads, “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel.” Maybe you do, too. Her point, of course, is that we writers pick up The ‘Real Stuff’ of Character Building everywhere we go and from everyone we meet. Jan not only uses traits, she sometimes uses real people (with their permission), and this piece tells how she does that.
- Finally, Clare Langley-Hawthorne picks up on something Kim Weiland (@KMWeiland) wrote about yesterday: bad writing. In this case, though, she’s channeling Strunk and White as she tries to Omit Needless Words! in her own writing. Be sure to scroll down to James Scott Bell’s (@jamesscottbell) comment quoting Sol Stein: “1 + 1 = 1/2. What this means is that when you use two words or phrases to describe the same thing, the effect is not cumulative, it’s dilutive. It makes the sense weaker (because readers are actually trying to process too much information).” That’s good stuff!