Writing Prompts

Even though I am working on a novel, I sometimes want to change the scenery, so to speak, and write something different.  My intention is to keep the prose fresh by exercising other types of writing. Yesterday was such a day.  I was running through my twitter feed and found a writing prompt from @prompt_fairy (mahalo, by the way).  The prompt was for a flash fiction, but I used it in a poem.  It’s a little dark, not my usual style, but I enjoyed writing it.  You can read it here if you’re so inclined.

So, in my usual early morning writing session today, I put down 836 words, including the beginnings of a new subplot.  This is why, for me, writing outside of the main project once in awhile helps expand my creative flow. What “devices” do you use to increase your creative flow?

-AH

 

New Freelance Writer Blog

I have added a new blog to my repertoire today… Being a freelance writer as well as a fiction writer, I decided to add my freelance writer blog under my real name and not my nom de plume. After all, the two genres are separate and I am certainly not the first to write under more than one name.

I plan to post today, so please visit me at http://kauaidaze.wordpress.com. I look forward to see you there as well as here.

-AH

New Blog

I have added a new blog to my repertoire today… Being a freelance writer as well as a fiction writer, I decided to add my freelance writer blog under my real name and not my nom de plume. After all, the two genres are separate and I am certainly not the first to write under more than one name.

I plan to post today, so please visit me at http://kauaidaze.wordpress.com. I look forward to see you there as well as here.

-AH

 

Differing Writing Styles

I am one of those people who writes for different venues.  I have been a technical writer of manuals and policy docs, a poet, a prose writer of fiction and non-fiction.  Each style of writing has different conventions and requirements.

I write about this now because I am struggling with switching between styles and how this affects my writing projects.  Because I am writing two different projects right now (a new article and my novel) I am having trouble shifting.  I also have such a long history in technical writing that the conventions of that style leak into all my prose.

As I write my novel, I notice my prose can become quite succinct.  This style is great for a manual or a procedure, but it doesn’t lend itself to creating the space in which the plot is taking place. So, I find myself adding more scenery and more action to the chapters as I go back to reread them.  I think this is one of the reasons it is taking me so long to write it.

As I work on my article I shift between writing the hard facts and setting the scene so the reader can get the feel of the place while understanding the subject.  While my background lends itself to writing the facts, I continually struggle with setting the scene.  I wonder if I am getting to poetic or vivid in my descriptions and if that takes away from the facts.  I have so much to learn about writing articles.

I know there are others out there who write for different venues.  How do you handle the switch between styles?

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