Wednesday, April 25, 2012

#Writing Summaries, Tips & an Exercise from @WritersDigest

Because I'm trying to shift focus just a bit so that Fb page and plog (poetry + blog) are not just about poetry. After all, the name is Poets and Writers

Yes, I could have started with a survey or crowdsourcing and a FAQ page or something about shift and project. They are on the list, which, so far, has contributing more to procrastination than progress. Just do it time.
novel writing techniques | laura whitcomb authorOne of the challenges writers face when writing a novel is balancing scene with summary. Today’s tip of the day focuses on what you should not include when summarizing a scene or event. Plus, try your hand at writing summary with a free exercise from Novel Shortcuts.

Try This: A Summary Writing Exercise
(I shared this exercise with the Manzano Mountain Scribes, writing group and plan to adapt it for my online ESL self paced study and writing group. Handy for NaNoWriMo too)
Take a year of your life and try summarizing it into one paragraph. See if you find the most significant aspects to highlight. What changed that year? What would someone need to know in order for the next year of your life to make sense? Read it to someone else and see if they get a sense of that shortened journey through time. If you have trouble with a year of your own life, try summarizing a year of someone else’s life, a season of your favorite TV drama or comedy, a season for your favorite sports team. Repeat until ease sets in.

5 Tips for Writing Summaries From Novel Shortcuts |

PS no I haven't forgotten about Billy Brown's Fixed & Free or other area events ~ working on that post too.

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