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Writing from Two Perspectives: inkTips from Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

Posted by inkpopbecki on January 21, 2011

Writing as a sixteen year old is a different experience than writing as a established author and adult. When bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and sixteen year old Ross Workman teamed up to write Kick together, they knew this. Check out their writing tips to see how each approaches the art of writing.

Writing tips from Walter Dean Myers
1. To write well, you have to know what good writing is: for me, this means reading good literature on a regular basis.
2. The time I spend in prewriting usually predicts if I will sell the book or not. The time I spend rewriting usually predicts the success of the book.
3. If the problem in your story or essay is crystal clear in your mind, the writing will be infinitely easier.
4. Anyone who loves the process of writing—creating characters, exploring the logic of a story or argument, and using language to convey thoughts and feelings, can become a successful writer.
5. Writer’s block is not a matter of having nothing to write—it’s a matter of not having given the project sufficient thought.
6. I can write a better 20 page story if I write 5 pages a day for four days rather than writing 20 pages at one time.
7. If, starting at the age of 14, you write two good pages per day for five days each week, you’ll probably be rich and famous by the time you’re 25. Okay, maybe 27.

Writing Tips  From Ross Workman
1.    While you’re writing, it’s helpful to have a thesaurus handy. I always use one when I’m trying to think of a better word, or a better way to say something.
2.    If you’re writing in first person, make sure your narrator always sounds consistent. I had to be very careful about that, as I wrote my parts of KICK from the point of view of a 13-year-old boy. Whatever point of view you’re using, always keep in mind that it should always sound like the same person.
3.    Don’t permanently delete sections of your manuscript that you don’t like. Put them either in a separate file or at the bottom of your manuscript, which is what I do. You never know when you might want to use some of what you wrote.
4.    Be willing to revise as many times as it takes.
5.    Don’t give up!

3 Responses to “Writing from Two Perspectives: inkTips from Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman”

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  2. Loved this list of 12 simple tips. Reading about writing makes me want to write more. Thanks for the input.
    Tina Mac

  3. Mrs.D said

    Wow! So helpful. I am so using these all the time!! *grins maniacally*

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