I am sometimes asked for writing guidance. Over the years, I have developed this simple list of ingredients which have served me well. For what they are worth, here they are, along with some “pithy” commentary, which you may ignore as you choose.
I have deliberately chosen to address writing in general, rather than focus on a specific type or form such as academic, business, blogging, or novels. My comments are generic and apply to the basic act of writing something for any purpose. I also am not recommending or even mentioning any of the many fine products available to help with all this.
The first two items might be considered “Gee, Duh”, but I believe that one should always start at the beginning:
WRITING SURFACE …
What used to be called writing paper (white or yellow), but which now comes in wonderful variations, including digital.
The “paper” you use may be lined or unlined, include a soothing background shade, including classic white, and have various textures or surface patterns. Some folks prefer a basic blank page, while others find a pastel shade with lines evocative.
The point is you need a blank surface upon which you will spill your thoughts and visions. Choose wisely and creatively. Continue reading