Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

Weeding Out Your Writing

An accepted fact with any garden is that there will be weeds. Some have a lot and some have a few. However many there are, one thing is for certain. People pull them out, and throw them away. Weeds drain needed moisture and strength fromrepparttar plants that will producerepparttar 129521 harvest we are expecting. But weeds do have a purpose, and a very important one at that. Sometimes itsrepparttar 129522 weeds that giverepparttar 129523 gardenerrepparttar 129524 incentive to go out torepparttar 129525 garden and tend to his plants. The plants, in turn, getrepparttar 129526 needed attention they deserve and they grow better and produce more. So, weeds are not all that bad!

When we write, we plantrepparttar 129527 seeds of ideas in articles, stories, and other written material. They begin to grow with embellishment such as descriptive language, conversation, and subplots. Many times we sit back to admire our handiwork and lo and behold! there are weeds. Spell check was having a bad day, or your embellishments describe a glacier instead of a small mountain stream. It’s time to get out there and weed. Mayberepparttar 129528 conversations are too long and there are too many unfamiliar phrases that are only understood by those in certain parts ofrepparttar 129529 country. One thing to remember is that your book or article may be read by people all overrepparttar 129530 world. If you use “local” language, it may take some readers “a bit” to figure it out. As for descriptive phrases, they must be kept in perspective. A wild, ferocious, angry puma is by no means inrepparttar 129531 same class as that nasty neighborhood cat that claws your screens and climbs your trees. Of course, he/she may appreciaterepparttar 129532 build-up but your readers might getrepparttar 129533 wrong impression. Or, on another note, maybe this cat is a supercat with super powers and thereforerepparttar 129534 description is right. Only yourepparttar 129535 writer can make that call!

The Writer's Mind

Written by Jeff Heisler

The Writer's Mind

I've always felt that writers aren't smarter or more creative than non-writers. I thinkrepparttar difference between a writer and a non-writer is that a writer doesn't have enough sense to know this should be difficult. Writing and creativity are products ofrepparttar 129518 mind- not extraordinary minds- every mind. You can also tap into this creative power by learning a few simple tricks. Recognize that your brain is awesome, but it has limits. It has a difficult time changing gears from one mode of thinking to another. Remember trying to get through math class right after lunch? Your mind was focused onrepparttar 129519 social realm and until it completedrepparttar 129520 transition, math was unnaturally difficult. The same is true for creativity. Learnrepparttar 129521 creative modes and keep them away from each other. Never try to do two of these atrepparttar 129522 same time. Each has it's own place. Here arerepparttar 129523 modes: • Creative Freestyle- If you''ve ever sat down and scribbled out a great poem without much thinking, this isrepparttar 129524 mode you were in. This is alsorepparttar 129525 mode you’re in when you’re in "the zone." When you’re actually enteringrepparttar 129526 prose and your mind opens like a floodgate- that'srepparttar 129527 freestyle creative mode. In this mode there is no logic and no criticism. If you’re thinking critically or in logical, sequential terms- then you’ll and hamper your creativity. • Logical Freestyle- This isrepparttar 129528 plotting and outlining mode. You should be thinking in practical terms here. Times, dates, events, orders, locations. This isrepparttar 129529 mode of structure and planning. It is creative, but only inrepparttar 129530 sense that you creatively organize. Criticism is still out, and if you find yourself immersed in creative thought that’s not related to logical planning- you're inrepparttar 129531 wrong zone.

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