CORRECTION: The event is on Feb. 6 (not 7). If there’s time, I’ll add another sin of bad writing — inaccuracies.
Clichés, adverbs, flowery language and other deviants get sent to the Stanley Milner Library’s basement for one last breath before we banish them forever. Bring your laptops, tablets and notebooks for a fun workshop about common writing and storytelling mistakes.
Here’s a preview of the seven sins. Come to the free workshop to find out how we’re getting rid of them (Feb. 6
7, Centennial Room, Stanley Milner Library, 7 pm). I’m seeking examples of bad writing that are your own (don’t be ashamed, I’ll be showing some of my sillies, too) or have been published OUTSIDE of Edmonton. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sin #1: Waiting to be inspired
Writing is a craft, like soapstone carving, and it is a skill, like accounting, and if you want to be good at either it takes practice. And practice shouldn’t be at the mercy of your moods. The next time you have “writer’s block” or are “waiting for the right words,” just put your butt in a seat and write. What comes out will most likely be bad, possibly dreadful, but you must get in the routine of writing to get better, and not to mention stronger-willed the next time you’re “not feeling it.”
Sin #2: Beginning at the very beginning
It might feel natural to start a story with “once upon a time,” but it also sets it up for a drawn out introduction that sucks the air from your story before it’s actually begun. Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, start with a poignant moment. An awkward interaction, a thrilling encounter, a mysterious package – there’s always time to unveil the background after. Leave chronology to the historians. You are a storyteller. Continue reading