Tips for the Writing Impaired

**********Another recycle because I feel like it.

A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly

1.  The number one tip is to not plagiarize.  Even if it is a dark and stormy night or the best of times and the worst of times, never use another’s idea and present it as your own work.  Just because you purchased it off the Internet does not mean it is truly yours!

2.  Put air in your text, either by using short indented paragraphs or by putting an extra space between paragraphs that are placed flush margin left. Preferably, that air is unpolluted, cloudy, and even stormy.

If you write in one continuous, dense, sentence-thick block of text, your reader’s eyes glaze over and the weight of the words forces the reader to either skim or give up on your brilliant, innovative writing.

See, now doesn’t all that air make you feel better?

3.  Only write with narrow margins, big font, and with really short chapters if you feel like…

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About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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2 Responses to Tips for the Writing Impaired

  1. I guess I’m guilty of plagiarism, for I often take “used” ideas and relate them in my own words. If we writers had to find an idea that’s never been used before, we might as well throw in the keyboard.

    Actually, so do most songwriters. After all, what was “Biplane Evermore” but another version of “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”?

    I do detest lime peaches and cream!
    I do detest them; they make me scream.” 🙂

    • 🙂 It all depends on intentionality and how closely the ideas are. I once had a student submit “Mending Wall” by Frost for a blank verse assignment. A bit too close!

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