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Mark David Major – 10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer @markdmajor

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

By Mark David Major, Co-author of An Infinitesimal Abundance of Color

10.       Read in diverse abundance.

9.         Always edit out your favorite sentence, part, or passage.

8.         Editing is not about achieving perfection but diminishing imperfections.

7.         Getting feedback is important but it’s more crucial to learn when you should listen to feedback and when you should ignore it.

6.         Shakespeare was always revising his writing. Don’t be afraid to put it out there and revise later. But don’t be sloppy about it either.

5.         Write character profiles for yourself to better understand the characters you want to create.

4.         It can be incredibly helpful to ‘cast the film’ to better understand your characters. Bonus: because you are a writer, you’re not limited to today’s actors but can cast anyone living or dead, famous or not.

3.         Anything can be a source of inspiration: the key is to observe, not ignore.

2.         Stop talking about it, just do it already.

1.         Write what you love, love what you write, and the rest will take care of itself.

An Infinitesimal Abundance of Color, written by Mark David Major and beautifully illustrated by Layce Boswell, tells the simple story of a father answering his daughter’s questions at bedtime.

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Genre – Juvenile Fiction/Bedtime and Dreams

Rating – G

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