Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Writer's Diet

I've been very busy lately with final university assignments and trying to keep up with my writing and critiquing duties (which I'm seriously failing at at the moment). Whenever I get this busy, I get rather sloppy with what I eat... usually spending time in front of the computer eating chocolate and drinking coffee.

So, I've been doing a lot of thinking about fixing my diet and getting ready for Summer (since it just finished I've got 3/4 of the year to get ready... that's plenty of time).So, it's diet time and not just for eating right.

I've also decided to start the writer's diet. What is a writer's diet? Well, it consists of three parts.

  1. Read:
    Read as much as you can. This will help you know what's being published and allow you to see the different styles out there.
  2. Review:
    Even if you don't properly publish the reviews when you finish reading the book, by looking at what you liked about it and if there were any negatives will help you develop your writing skills. Another good way is to join a critique group. Besides from getting reviews from your novel, you'll also be able to critique the other members and learn to pinpoint little mistakes in your own writing.
  3. Write:
    The most important part of the diet. It's important to write and get into a habit of writing regularly. This is the only way your skills will be able to review.

So, that's the diet I'm starting. Who's with me?


Kyra Lennon said...

I like this diet idea a lot! Particularly the part about reviewing - I never thought of it helping to develop my own writing skills!

Renae said...

Now this is a diet I can stick to!

Misha Gerrick said...

I love this diet. Except for the reviewing idea. Critting people, on the other hand...


Baiba said...

this sounds fun :D :)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Does critiquing count as reviewing as well? I may be starting on that very soon...

Unknown said...

Sounds like my kind of diet. :D

Alleged Author said...

Reading and reviewing are SO important! That's what helps us analyze our writing. Great post!

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