Do Away Awkwardness

Do Away Awkwardness

A Lesson by Camille Corbett
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Because It's always repulsive to look like you're trying too hard.ALWAYS

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1. Do not use a word if you do not know it's precise meaning, it is a huge turn off if a word is misused.A GARGANTUAN one .

2. Learn what parallelism is, I have read too many writings that could have been fixed if they practiced this simple rhetorical device. This can usually save even the crappiest of writings.
LOOK IT UP!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhetorical_device

3. Read it aloud while editing it, it prevents awkwardness.

4.Never be offended by criticism, even if it is preposterous. Take it in, you may need it one day.

5. READ! Read good books, by good writers.
ex. If you wish to write erotica, do not read in the rubbish bargain basement erotics!Read Philipa Gregory and the likes.
Or.
ex. If you wish to write for Children's/ Teens don't read the new modern crap! Go to the classics or at least read the books that will be classics! (Harry Potter, Spiderwick, Pendragon)

6. Don't EVER adjust your style because you think someone has a better one, make yours the best.

7.Stay attentive for things, sights, and puns that you can put in your writing. Keep a folder of them, make it your goal to write down at least one thing a day. Or make a quote folder, of your own witty or powerful quotes you have said, it's not egotistical, it's your job as a writer.

8. If you hear something and you wish to write about it, sit on it, good ideas come sweeter with age, bad ones rot.

9.Long, drawn out descriptions are always boring, even if you are a good writer these will make your writing worse. ALWAYS.

10. Always try to refine your style, you want a person to know, when they read your writing, without even glancing at who wrote it, that it's yours.

Okay! That's all the tips I have for today. I will post a new lesson every Wednesday. Add me as a friend on here if you ever wish for me to edit or if you have any questions.

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Posted 7 Years Ago


the beauty in all of this is poetry has no rules and like unlined paper we are so free to just place the pen on the paper and just let poetry be -- i am so glad that you sat out to help your fellow poet

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Posted 7 Years Ago


ok so you said that descriptions were boring. Would you look over my writing and tell me if its too descriptive please? Because i think its ok.
Thanks though, your tips were great! :)

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Posted 7 Years Ago


Okay, you really should have thought this through and read it back to yourself before hitting the "post" button. You have many things that should have been fixed. And come on, babe. Do you have some grudge against putting a space after you put a period and before you start typing the next word? I don't mean to be rude but it sort of bothers me that you posted something that is supposed to tell people how to become better writers when you type like a 13 year old. The main point that made me decide to even comment was number nine. Who are you to say that someone can not pull off descriptions? I've read many descriptions that were not boring at all. It's all about the details that one focuses on and the way that the writer presents them. It also depends on the reader and what they like. Not everyone likes the same things, so as a writer you should know that long descriptions can indeed be pulled off without being a bore. Don't give your own opinions as advice, it just sort of makes you look arrogant.
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Posted 7 Years Ago


thanks this was soooooooooo much help! i like how u reminded me that i dont have to copy other people's writing style, i just have to make mine the best. b/c unfortunalty i tend to do that a lot and i forget that i have my own unique styleofwriting. i love all ur tips, they are so original and useful and i dont think i could have heard it better from anyone else. thank u!

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Posted 7 Years Ago


Oh I love how you said to write down things you have said! I always say stuff and think "oh, I should write that down." but I never do because I always figured it would be egotistical. So now, I think I'll start doing it! :3

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Posted 7 Years Ago


6. Don't EVER adjust your style because you think someone has a better one, make yours the best.

Awesome : P

By the way, I love Harry Potter and Pendragon xD Go me!

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Posted 7 Years Ago


11. Think for yourself.

12. Try new things.
a. This may mean writing in a style or genre that you are not familiar with.
b. Alternately, imitation is how most "writers" establish their own voice, and it might even be subconscious.

13. Ignore the critics/people who think they know more than you.

14. Figure out why you're writing (publication/catharsis/etc). Without having a clear idea of purpose, no critique or input will ever truly help you. In my opinion, "To get better" is not a goal, unless you have a coinciding goal as well.

15. Just write. You need to practice just to become coherent and fluent. Once you've achieved that, it's infinitely easier to become a "good" writer. Write bad stories and poems. Nurture any idea you have. The first shot doesn't have to be the best one.

16. Relax. It's not a race.

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Posted 7 Years Ago


Illuminating!
loved the "See something good, make yours better" bit!

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Posted 7 Years Ago


Some of your tips are subjective and do not apply to all. But realyl good advice =]
Kudos to Number 6.

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Posted 7 Years Ago


Great advice. Succinct, to the point. Me likeys :)

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Camille Corbett
Camille Corbett

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I'm a 21 year old Fulbright ETA writing to kill the time and find my sanity. I have been gone for a while. But I have returned, so watch out for some new stories.