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Tuesday Tips

November 27, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                 

 

 

 

 

                       

                     One of the toughest things for me as a writer is to keep from editing 

                     while I’m composing. I want to get it just right, and if I change that

                     word, cross out that part, rearrange these, etc...

 

   But if I do all those things (which I’m struggling with as I write this)

   while trying to express what the work needs to express, what happens

   to my focus or the passion of the writing?

 

   Give yourself permission to “just write”, let it pour; at this point,

   it doesn’t matter if it makes sense or something’s misspelled or

   out of order. Use this as an opportunity to go “deeper” or “further”

   in your writing.

 

   The Mulberry Bird, by Anne Braff Brodzinsky, is a beautiful book

   about a mother bird struggling to care for her baby all alone; when

   the baby almost dies in a storm, the mother finally chooses to place

   it with a flock of other birds where it will be safe.

 

   I could say the book is well-written, has lovely illustrations, and     

   portrays reasons a mother might decide on adoption: all true. But

   if I let you know that my husband and I adopted our kids, and that 

   I can’t read the story out loud without crying, we’ve gone to a 

   much deeper level.

 

   Too much editing while composing can interfere with the heart of

   your message. You can tackle the editing later. But first, let it flow.

 

                                            

                                                                                                                           Cindy                                            

         

These tips may be geared more toward writers, but we also welcome

submissions from artists, including musicians and photographers.

 

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