A Quirk in My Writing
I learned how to write by majoring in journalism. The rules were straightforward. A few:
- Report the news, not your opinion. Just the facts.
- Double-check and verify all sources and facts.
- FOLLOW your AP Stylebook.
- Keep it brief. You’ve only got a few inches.
That last bullet point keeps rearing its slick-coiffed head, pencil and notepad in hand. My first drafts tend to read like newspaper articles.
This happened and then this happened. Then this happened. Then this. Then that.
So I’ve found myself writing one draft just telling the story like a reporter. Then circling back and correcting obvious mistakes in grammar or spelling. Then going over it again and breathing life in the story. Another spelling, grammar, & “does this make sense” check. And, finally, off to the editor.
I’m curious to see if anyone else had to “unlearn” how they previously wrote. It gets a bit better and more lively with each passing WIP, but I’d like to know if there are any tricks to speeding up the process.