Writing Tip No. 4

hedy lamarr

We rush through our busy lives and often forget to take in the very essence of the moments we are in. Writing can seem like the least likely item on your “to-do list” but it needs to be put back at the top. Why? Because that singular release, that practice of keeping your flow moving and awakened is food for your soul. The very word “practice” means to observe, to hone your skill, to polish your craft. Words are your instrument and the empty page is your masterpiece.

 

This week for your writing tip I’d like you to get back into the practice of … writing. Use your words carefully, avoid being redundant. Look up synonyms for the words you tend to repeat. That mere “practice” of utilizing more vocabulary will allow your pieces to have a much more profound impact. Allow your words to dance on the page, to excite your readers – even if the reader is you.

 

OBSERVE. In order to effectively write, you have to be paying attention. So, in addition to writing I want you to submit to the art of observation. Every color, texture, temperature, laugh, presentation, crack on the sidewalk, the swift rushing of cars going past, the hidden beats in a track. Listen, watch, taste, touch, and truly see.

 

Sure, the “busy” is difficult to avoid but remember who you are and why you write. And get back to it …

 

Happy Monday!

Hedy

 


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prac·tice
ˈpraktəs/
noun
noun: practice
  1. 1.
    the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use.
    “the principles and practice of teaching”
    synonyms: application, exercise, use, operation, implementation, execution More

    “the practice of hypnosis”
    use, make use of, put to use, utilize, apply
    “it’s time you put your teaching degree into practice”
    • the customary, habitual, or expected procedure of something.
      plural noun: practices
      “current nursing practice”
      synonyms: custom, procedure, policy, convention, tradition; More

      formalpraxis
      “common practice”
    • the carrying out or exercise of a profession, esp. that of a doctor or lawyer.
      “he abandoned medical practice for the Church”
      synonyms: profession, career, business, work More

      “the practice of medicine”
    • the business or premises of a doctor or lawyer.
      “Dr. Weiss has a practice in Essex”
      synonyms: business, firm, office, company; More

      informaloutfit
      “a small legal practice”
    • an established method of legal procedure.
  2. 2.
    repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.
    “it must have taken a lot of practice to become so fluent”
    synonyms: training, rehearsal, repetition, preparation; More

    practice session, dummy run, run-through;
    informaldry run
    “it takes lots of practice”
    • a period of time spent doing this.
      “daily choir practices”
verb
verb: practise; 3rd person present: practises; past tense: practised; past participle: practised; gerund or present participle: practising; verb: practice; 3rd person present: practices; past tense: practiced; past participle: practiced; gerund or present participle: practicing
  1. 1.
    perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.
    “I need to practice my French”
    synonyms: rehearse, run through, go over/through, work on/at; More

    “he practiced the songs every day”
    train, rehearse, prepare, go through one’s paces
    “the performers were practicing”
  2. 2.
    carry out or perform (a particular activity, method, or custom) habitually or regularly.
    “we still practice some of these rituals today”
    synonyms: carry out, perform, observe More

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