Tuesday Ten: How to View Your Work With Fresh Eyes

I bet you’ve heard that age-old advice about how to get perspective on your manuscript. Put it in a drawer. For a year—or however long it takes you to forget what you wrote.

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Great advice, right? Except that most of us don’t have a year, or a month, to sit on a manuscript before tackling a rewrite.

You’ve probably guessed by now that I tend to blog about my current writing challenges, and this is no exception. I last rewrote my manuscript in July, but even with several months to gain some distance from the story, I’m finding it difficult to edit/rewrite text when I practically have it memorized.

So how do you re-read your writing with fresh eyes, when your eyes aren’t anything like fresh (at least, not with respect to this particular manuscript!)? Keep reading for ideas!

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Evergreen Blog Topics: 10 Ways to Keep ’Em Fresh!

Last week, I wrote about how some topics appear time and again—and why readers don’t care. So all you bloggers out there don’t have to bother with originality, right? Right?

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BZZZZT!! 

Maybe the basic topic—character, dialog, marketing, plot—can stand repeat coverage, but you have to bring something new to the picture. Great in theory…but I’m the kind of gal who likes specific examples. Check out these strategies for breathing new life into questions that writers have probably been discussing since the first stick of charcoal marked the first cave wall.

Ways to Keep Old Classic Topics Fresh

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Blog Topics: Original or Commonplace?

The past few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of catch-up reading—you know, finally digging into that growing pile of magazines that got ignored during the end-of-the-year frenzy. This means that I’ve been reading several issues of a magazine in rapid succession.

And I’ve noticed something. Every magazine I read publishes basically the same articles month after month after month.

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In every issue of Self magazine, you can read ways to eat healthier, lose weight, have better relationships, be happier, squeeze in more exercise. In every issue of Real Simple, you can read how to become more organized, how to declutter, how to decorate, how to cook, how to save money. In The Writer,  you’ll find ways to work more efficiently, ways to sell articles/short stories/memoir/etc., ways to drum up freelance work, ways to become more creative.

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Tuesday Ten: Ways Writers Procrastin…Recharge

Is it Tuesday already? That seems to be my reaction to every day lately. Well, not “Is it Tuesday already?” but “Is it [fill-in-whatever-day-it-is] already?” Unless I forget which day it is, but that’s another post…

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Science fair projects, finals week, Christmas shopping, choir and orchestra concerts, parties—have you noticed how December is the month when everyone tries to cram in twice as many activities and to-do’s as usual? Lest you feel too productive this month, let me share with you a few of my favorite ways to procrastinate recharge when the weather outside is frightful and the days are short and you feel like you’re trying to live two lives simultaneously!

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