Hi! Let’s get weird! 😋 I’ve picked up these odd writing tips over the years, from various different sources. After (hesitantly) trying them out, I found that they work pretty well.
Here are 5 odd writing tips!
1. Keep a Notebook in the Bathroom
We don’t want to think about the icky things other people do in the bathroom, but hey, now you know! Forget the iPhone, forget reading the shampoo bottle. Bring in a notebook instead.
Catch your ideas on paper, no matter how bad they are (more on this later).
Make a haiku. Write alternate scenes. I suppose how much writing gets done really depends on you 😐 Regardless, even a little bit counts!
2. Spy on Conversations
Solely for research purposes, of course 😉 Notice how people outside your circle of friends talk to each other.
Is one person engaged while the other non-committal? Does the person talk normally, or do they use internet slangs like Oh Em Gee, audibly saying lulz, or using terms like snowflake/pawned/wasted?
This exercise is great for getting out of that rut of all characters sounding the same (been there!).
3. Have Your Character Write a Journal
This is one I started doing recently. My WIP is very personal and a very tight 1st person point of view. I needed to know more about this girl, my protagonist, outside of the story setting… so I had her start a journal.
I began writing her thoughts about what had happened to her in the previous scene.
It’s been fun ~ like I get to write Angela Chase’s inner thoughts 😊 Only the audience may or may not get these pages. What they will get, hopefully, is a fully formed character. I guess we’ll see!
4. Observe Physical Features Beyond Eye Color
I love when authors add little odd details about characters, even if they are brief, side-characters. It can make the scene memorable or just plain entertaining. It can break the monotony of “Everything looks totally normal here. Yep. No flaws to be seen.”
Here’s two examples that I’ve written:
His nose was an angry-red mess of broken capillaries and blackhead craters.
The weight of her earring stretched her earlobe down, until I thought the thing would just slice right through like butter.
Not the prettiest, but definitely catches the eye 😏 Observe the little imperfections that we all have, and jot them down! Here’s more examples.
5. Write Badly
Go on, do it. It was a dark and snory night. The crickets chirped their chirping chirps… 😬 Writing badly is like opening an old tap and clearing all the funk out. It is also about the habit of writing.
To use the tap metaphor, when you write badly you clear the tap, and clearing the tap prevents blocks! Writing blocks! 😁
Writing badly also gets you into the habit of writing without censoring yourself, writing daily, and writing at your scheduled time. And yes, in the midst of all the writing you don’t particularly love, you will find gems 😊
Got any odd tips you’d recommend? Share them in the comments! I love weird 😝
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