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Writer’s Block Tips

 

By Britney Pieta
All of us writers have experienced writer’s block and know the frustration it can cause when you are in the middle of writing a story that is just starting to get good. Here are some tips that can help not let anything stop your masterpiece from being finished.

Writer’s Block Tips:
According to: http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/tips/writersblock/
• Taking notes—jot down ideas and phrases as they occur to you. Free yourself from paragraphs and sentences for the moment—use flow charts, arrows, boxes, outlines, even pictures.
• Freewriting/Brainstorming—when you’re not just blocked, when you’re stonewalled, try freewriting. Sit down for ten minutes and write down everything you can think of about your topic.
• Piecework—sometimes, starting at the beginning induces Perfect Draft Syndrome. It may be easier to get started if you approach the task sideways. If you’ve got a plan for the article or manual, choose a section from the middle or a point you know well and start there.

My tips:
• Remember to relax before you start writing and during the writing process itself.
• Set reasonable small goals each week.
• Don’t worry about saying it perfectly right away, as the best ways to say something will be revealed with time.
• Choose one idea and see how it develops, if it doesn’t work well choose another.
• If choosing one idea is too difficult, ask those around you their thoughts on how something sounds.
• Keep in mind how you think your audience will perceive your writing and interpret it.

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Write a Time Capsule

 

By Britney Pieta
 
A new year has already arrived. This new year comes with many more possibilities and opportunities. Even if you don’t like to think too far in advance, there’s still a part of us that wonders if life will be the same five years from now. Here is your chance to not only reflect on what this New Year has to offer, but for the years to come in your own personal time capsule!
 
 
  • Lists of favorites. What do you like most today? What are your favorite movies, books, television shows, songs, moments, people, celebrations, surprises, lessons, quotations or achievements?
  • Important questions and feelings. What are the big unanswered questions currently in your mind? What feelings predominate in these times? How do you feel about your life and the world around you? What do you enjoy about today? What are you thankful for?
  • Goals and aspirations. What do you pursue today? What is the vision for your future life? What are the things you’re looking forward to? What are your hopes for your future self? How much or in what way do you expect to be different when you get the letter?
  • ‘A Day in the Life…’ How’s your everyday life? How’s a typical day at work? At home? Who do you interact with daily? What do you enjoy doing every day? What are the daily trivialities you’ll miss tomorrow?
  • Highlights of the year. Which funny facts do you want to remember or laugh about in the future? What were this year’s 10 best things/worst things that happened to you? How would you describe this year in one sentence? In one word?
  • Lessons learned and advice for yourself. What advice would you give to your future self? What important lesson did you learn recently and don’t want to forget?
Find a place to hide your time capsule and remember not to peek at it until five years has past. Then re-open it every five years and see how life changes!

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4 Steps to Creating Your Own Lyrics

By Britney Pieta

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and wanted to write your own lyrics but didn’t know how? Here are some steps to get started on creating your own lyrics. Who knows, maybe you will hear your own original lyrics being sung on the radio some day!

According to: http://www.essortment.com/write-song-lyrics-60774.html

1. Write down who your audience is. You will need to keep this in mind while writing the lyrics so you can target them. After all, if you were writing a song for children you would certainly avoid adult material of any kind.

2. Next, write down the subject of the song, the idea or the message you want to convey, and the story the song will tell. The subject of the song might be falling in love; the message might be that there is someone for everyone; the story might tell of a man and a woman who meet and fall madly in love with each other. This is a good time to write down the words to the chorus of the song. The chorus is a bridge or connection from one verse to the next. It must make sense to sing the words of the chorus in between the verses. From the chorus, you will also need to make-up a catchy title for your song.

 
3. The next step is to write a rough draft of the first verse of your song. This verse should draw attention to your song and make your audience want to listen. Don’t worry about it being perfect at this point; you will refine all the verses and the chorus later. Now, of course, you will need to write the second verse. In this part you will need to continue to tell the story and explain what the action is. Don’t be too detailed; this is a three minute song, not an opera. Next comes the third verse. Tell more about your story here, and add relevant information to your story. You really want to enhance the story line from verses one and two, because the next verse will close the song. It’s time to close the song by writing the fourth verse and bring it all together like the last chapter of a book.

4. Finally, read over your lyrics and change your sentences into lines. After you have lines, you will need to go back and change the ending words so they will rhyme. Do this with the chorus too. Every lyric should be of relatively-equal length so the song will glide along and not be choppy.

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