The Writing Muscle

Looking at the title of this post and the tips listed, I couldn’t help but think about physical exercise.  Working the upper and lower body for a good tone, and cardio to strengthen the heart.  But for writing, working out different areas to improve upon skill.


Think of your current writing skill. Would you say it is weak, untrained? Would you say that it could stand strong on it’s own but could always seek further improvement?

Think of your writing skill as a muscle. You can work out in many different ways to earn many different results and gain strength. Skip leg day and you will be a disproportionate human.

Here are a few ways to work your writing muscle:

1. Read

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Read the good, the bad and the ugly. Absorb it and try to read in such a way that you shine light on what the author was aiming to capture. Digest all writing techniques used and learn from it or try to discern where they went wrong.

As a reader, you gain a bystander’s insight in the situation. This will help you improve your own writing technique in little ways so that when…

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Writing Tips from Jodie Renner

I love Jodie’s advice.  Especially items 1 and 2 about staying in character and out of your own head when writing.  When I look back at some of the things I’ve written here, I can clearly see the difference between times when I felt, thought and experienced the story as the character as opposed to just writing about what I thought the character would feel or think.

She also has good points on pepping up story dialogue.

Getting Good Critiques pt 1

This was a nice post on the difference between a critique and a review. I also liked the idea of giving suggestions for the feedback.

The Well-Rounded Writer

One of the most useful things we can get as a writer is a good critique. It helps us grow by showing us how we can perfect our craft. On the other hand, a bad critique can leave us feeling frustrated and angry. So what can you do as a writer in order to ensure that you get an insightful and helpful critique? Obviously (or at least I hope it’s obvious), you start with good writing. Good writing may get a bad critiques sometimes, but bad writing will get bad critiques all the time (except usually from family and maybe some friends).

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of getting good critiques, I should take a moment to specify what I consider the difference between a critique and a review. While researching this article, I found several websites that used the terms interchangeably, and I don’t want to confuse anyone…

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