If you are the kind of writer who wants clicks and readers, this is the podcast for you. Yes! A helpful podcast from us weirdos. I know, right?
Here’s the first one.
Get Rid of The Crap
Seriously. Get rid of the words, the repetition, the flowery language that exists JUST to be flowery but has nothing to do with your message, your character or your plot.
Don’t have people nod and say yes at the same time. One is enough.
Don’t have people think to themselves. We know they are thinking to themselves.
Unnecessary words are blah. Nobody wants to be blah. Nobody wants to read blah either except maybe that one fourth grade teacher and maybe your honors freshman English teacher, the one who yelled about James Joyce a lot.
Let Your Title Be a Promise and a Gift.
That’s right. Give your readers something. Your title is a promise and a gift.
Think to yourself: Why would anyone care about reading this?
For this podcast, the answer to that would be that people care because they want the tools to be a better writer. Figure out why you’re writing what you’re writing and give that to the reader.
This goes for books too. Even if your answer is just – I want to provide readers an escape. It works.
Actually Write Your Story
Don’t just talk about writing. Write.
Don’t stare at the blank page. Write.
You can always revise. Revision is good. But you can’t revise a blank document or a page full of nothing.
I once had a reporter who was THE BEST guy. He was my best friend. I loved him with all my heart, but he would have writer’s block all the way up to deadline. I’m a chill human. I hate being demanding, but I would have to go into his office every deadline and implore him to write.
“My lede isn’t perfect,” he’d say.
“Done matters. Perfect doesn’t matter.”
I would write ten stories to his one story, over and over again. And the thing was? People liked my stories better. That quest for perfection makes us crazy. But it also keeps us from getting things done.
Don’t Try To Be Someone Else
You should write like you. Not like Anne Lamont or the million other lovelies out there. Not like T-Nehisi Cotes who is brilliant.
You have a unique experience and voice. Use that in your stories. Be brave. Be absolutely who you are. Don’t be shy about it, shout your voice into the world.
WRITING TIP OF THE POD
Write. Be yourself. Don’t write extra words just to be extra or fill up your word count. And your title is a promise to your reader/listener. Don’t break the promise.
DOG TIP FOR LIFE
Focus on your wants. Don’t add fluff. Don’t be fluff.
The music we’ve clipped and shortened in this podcast is awesome and is made available through the Creative Commons License. Here’s a link to that and the artist’s website. Who is this artist and what is this song? It’s “Summer Spliff” by Broke For Free.
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