Writing Everyday

I thought after graduating college would give me a million opportunities or as least a couple but nope nothing.  I keep getting job offers for sales jobs, which made me, want to crawl in a hole and die. I’m a writer, author, someone that knows there way around words, I need to write everyday to be happy.  Which as we all know can be hard sometimes but I finally got an opportunity to write everyday. I have a love hate relationship with it though, you see I write random articles all day and that can get boring but it gets me to write everyday.

The only down fall besides the low pay is that I haven’t really worked on any of my other stuff.  I have short stories I want to write and a book that I need to work on but I just stuck.  I sit down to work on them and then just stare at the page.  I’m starting to thing that something is wrong with me, I love to write and these stories are great and I want to finish them so I can see how the turn out but nothing is moving forward on them.  This makes me doubt my ability to write, have I lost it or am I just going through writer’s block?

I have replaced writing in my spare time with reading, which is great because I have a lot of books that I want to read.  That is how I am going to get out of my writer’s block, I’m going to write and write reviews, that’s the only thing I can think of that will help me get through this slum.  I have recently read a couple books recently that I will write reviews on shortly, so stay tuned for my reviews and thanks to all that read my blog and listen to me rant.

 

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Editing And Rewriting

As writers we are always writing and rewriting our work.  I figured out something today, as I was looking over my works for my portfolio, I noticed that I missed some simple stuff, the last time that I was edited it.  Simple things like awkward sentences, weird words in places and other things that I should have caught the first time.  Over the past couple years, I have figured the best ways to edit your own work.

1. Use text – speech on your computer.

It’s already on your computer and it is a great way to hear mistakes you missed.  You can also pick different voices to read to you, which is kind of fun.

2. Have a friend that you trust read you work.

Over the past few years, I have meet a couple people that have help me a lot with editing and rewriting my work.  Yes , Ali and Charles, I’m talking about you.  This is a big help and fresh eyes can find errors that yours can’t sometimes.

3. Read it out loud to yourself or someone else.

If you not a fan of having a computer talk to you, you can just hear your story in your own voice.  This will help you identify those awkward sentences and errors you missed when you read it to yourself.

4. Read you work backwards.

I know this might sound weird and I thought it did too but it works.  When you read it backwards you see things in a totally different light.

These are the some of the methods.  What do you do when you’re editing your work?