Writing Tip #5-Tell Yourself The Story

I love writing. I love teaching. I love teaching writing. I love listening to writers talk about their manuscripts. I love problem solving with writers. I love the delicacy and boldness of writing. These tips are things I’ve learned over the years that have held me in good stead and kept me going through the hard dry times. I hope they help you.

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“Someday, I need to write Stephen King a letter and tell him how much I love his craft book ON WRITING.I remember I came to it with trepidation. Like he was going to-what?-scare me into writing by saying mean and horror-filled edicts to the tender hearted writer. Uh, no. It’s a wonderful book. It feels like he leans toward the writer reading his book and says, “hey this is how I did it. It worked for me. Try it.” One of his counsels that I quote the most often is: Tell yourself the story. That’s the first draft. I love that bit of advice. Tell yourself the story. That’s the first draft.”