Read, Write, and Blue

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With VE Day, in the beginning of May, and Memorial Day at the end of May, crimson, white, and blue are the colours of May. They can guide you on your writing too.

Read… What have you read lately? If you are trying to write, it is sensible to read. In the words of Stephen King:”If you do not have enough time to read, you do not have time (or the tools) to write. Read inside your genre to discover what makes it tick. Read the classics to find out what generates staying power. Read widely and read frequently. You may write historical fiction, but scifi could still teach you an interesting lesson about successful dialogue. Or, you could write spy thrillers, but reading a love might help you learn about the principles of nonverbal communication.

Write… Write, even if it is a paragraph. As soon as you write something, the rest will follow. In the words of Chinese philosophy,”A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”.

How does this use? Write something that’s true. Am I suggesting that you simply write nonfiction? But, writing and research wisdom have demonstrated that if it is possible to insert truth in your writing, the reader will have the ability to connect better. In the words of Ernest Hemingway:”All you need to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you understand.”

If you keep things too vague or general, it’s more challenging to establish a relationship. Yes, they probably never fought in battle in WWII or painted a Renaissance portrait, but they may very well understand the smell of wood smoke on a winter’s day or the crunch of leaves when walking through the woods. And, obviously, in the event you also write historical fiction like I do, your writing will require much truth and research.

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