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7 Ways to Get Your Words to Flow


“7 Ways to Get Your Words to Flow” by Joan Y. Edwards

Here are 7 ways to get your words to flow into a manuscript:

1. Take pictures. Pictures will help you describe things and people easier in your manuscript. Plus, they make wonderful emotional memories in your heart to use later. I saved this compass drawing I did in 1951. My teacher chose it to put on the bulletin board. First and only art work that was displayed because of its merit. I loved those colors a that time.

Joan Meyer York Edward's 6th grade fun in 1951 Fun with Compass and Colors chosen for bulletin board  © Joan Y. Edwards

Joan Meyer York Edward’s 6th grade fun in 1951 Fun with Compass and Colors chosen for bulletin board © Joan Y. Edwards

 

2. Brainstorm new ideas – Think of all the obstacles that could keep your main character from achieving his goals. Figure out a twist that makes your story stand out from the rest. Figure out a way for your character to react in a different way to his circumstances. Be creative.

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© Marek Uliasz/Hemera/Thinkstock

 

3.  Read 100 books in the genre you’re writing. This will lead you to knowing what makes a great book. You’ll know what to do and what not to do.

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© Digital Vision/PhotoDisc/ Thinkstock

 

4. Talk with your family and friends. Observe them and strangers. From listening and observing them you will learn how to touch the heartstrings of your readers.

Joan and Carl Edwards © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

Joan and Carl Edwards © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

5. Eat healthy tasty food. Consider creating a new healthy dish that’s still delicious.

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© Alexey Bannykh/Hemera/Thinkstock

 

6. Take time to help someone else. When you help others, you are also helping yourself. It’s a double blessing.

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© Dennis Cox/iStock/Thinkstock

 

7. Do something to celebrate you! You are an awesome creation of God. Walk. Run. Jump. Dance. Write. Sing. Talk. Listen. Paint. Clean. Laugh. You deserve the best!

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© James Thew/iStock/Thinkstock

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you very much. I’d love to hear what helps inspire your writing.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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14 Responses

  1. This is such a great, positive post! Thank you, Joan, for all the ways you encourage us. I now resolve to read every Newberry Award winning book that’s been written!

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    • Dear Karen,
      Thank you for writing. It is a pleasure to hear from you. I’m glad you thought this was a positive post. You’re welcome for it. What a great idea to read every Newberry Award-Winning book! Let me know your favorites as you go along.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  2. I love the one about taking pictures.

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    • Dear Joy,
      Thank you very much for writing. It is so good to hear from you. I am glad you love the idea of taking pictures. I have a kazillion pictures. Each of them tells a story. I hope you enjoy the pictures you take and that they lead to awesome stories.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  3. Joan,
    Your artwork is lovely and I’m sure many more works deserved being displayed. You’ve kept this one a good while and it’s still in great condition.

    I like the brainstorming one. It’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m not able to put words on paper at just that moment.

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    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. It’s good to see hear from you.

      Thank you for saying my artwork is lovely and that you’re sure that many more works deserved being displayed. I have treasured this drawing for many moons. I wish I could remember the directions for drawing the design using the compass. I could put the image in Corel Painter and remove all the colors and make a coloring sheet for other people to color their own special design in it. That would be fun.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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      • I like that idea, Joan.

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        • Dear Linda,
          Thank you.
          …Joan

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  4. So easy. So attainable. So thoughtful. Thank you Joan for your uplifting message.

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    • Dear Mona,
      Thanks for writing. It’s so good to hear from you. I’m glad that you think the seven ways I mention to get your words flowing is easy, attainable, and thoughtful. You’re welcome. I’m glad my message uplifted you!

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  5. These are great suggestions, Joan! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Dear Becky,
      Thank you very much for writing. I’m so glad you believe these are great suggestions! You’re welcome for my sharing. It’s fun to share.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  6. Great list. They all work for me depending on how my day is going. Sometimes I read books on writing. The writing exercises give me ideas.

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    • Dear Kristina,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you think this is a great list and that all of them work for you depending on how things are going for you. It’s great that books with writing exercises stir the creative juices inside you.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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