Writing Tips

Writing Tip: Arthur Plotnik (Spotlight)

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” ~  Arthur Plotnik

Arthur Plotnik is a former publishing executive and author of the Book of the Month Club selections The Elements of Editing and The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words. In other words, this man knows what he is talking about.

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Yesterday, I published the tip on editing/revising after writing the entire first draft. In this, I am encouraging you to let out what is burning inside of you. Where there is fire, there is smoke and the smoke is okay for that first draft. It’s in the revision and editing process that you clear away the smoke and strengthen your fire.

Happy Writing Everyone!

Writing Tips

Writing Tip: Spotlight (Louisa May Alcott)

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.” – Louisa May Alcott

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Best know for the series “Little Women,” Louisa May Alcott was a women’s advocate, an abolitionist, a seamstress, a nurse, and an author. Suffice it to say, she was a busy woman.

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Interestingly, she was educated by her father who taught her the “sweetness of self-denial.” Though her life was filled with both joy and sorrow, in the above quote she advocates for living without regrets by both working and playing hard.

A reminder this week for us writers who often neglect our own bodies in our desire to reach our dream.

  • It is okay to take a break, to go out with friends, to stay home in a bubble bath, to watch TV.
  • It is important to care for your body and your health
  • It is just as important that you balance relaxation with work. In other words, you can’t relax/play all the time. There should be a healthy balance.

So this week I encourage you to work hard, write a lot, but also be sure to treat yourself to some self-love this week.

How do you plan on relaxing?

Happy Writing & Relaxing Everyone! 🙂