Here are a few ways writers can flex their writing muscles (in front of a computer, not a mirror):
- Create a character that's a wee bit unlikable. Getting the reader to care about them isn't an easy task.
- Play with point of view. First to third? Third to first? Alternating?
- Consider changing the tense. Past to present, or vice versa. Staying on "tense alert" keeps us on our toes.
- If we're used to writing a female pov, we can try telling the story from a guy's point of view.
- Twist our regular genre into a pretzel. Dipping our toes into unfamiliar territory can be daunting, and exciting.
With my current manuscript, I'm definitely stretching my writing muscles. They say, "Nothing is wasted," and I believe that. This project is giving my skills a good workout.
Can you share any tips on how we can flex our writing muscles?
And feel free to stick around and stare at Ryan Reynolds.
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