One of my favorite quotes on writing comes from Alexander Pope (1688-1744) in his poem “Sound and Sense”: “True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, / As those move easiest who have learned to dance.” There are no accidents when it comes to writing – every writer has thought about every word and manipulated them into being with great skill and practice. When we read a book, essay, or poem and relish in its seeming flawlessness, we may forget just how difficult it was to create that finished product. The writing process is hard; it requires diligence, patience, and quite a bit of time. Without a solid approach to writing, it’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut and begin to feel frustrated with the experience as a whole. Every writer has their own method but there are many shared tips and tricks that are invaluable tools to anyone looking to complete a writing goal.
It’s fascinating to see how other writers work. There are so many ways to approach any given writing situation, and sometimes a little friendly advice from a fellow writer is just what the doctor ordered. Writers are a unique group of individuals that are wonderfully supportive of each other. We all endure the same highs and lows that come with producing work and enduring criticism. From where to what to why and how, each writer has their own way of covering the expanse between first and last page. This video shares 12 helpful strategies for accomplishing your writing goals, such as how to envision a character and ways to put yourself into the world that you’re creating in your story. We especially like Tip #10! What are some of your own tips for successful writing?