4 tips on how to breathe

Man oh live I’ve been busy. In addition to starting Brutal First Impressions (please like it on facebook!), setting up a writers’ conference (I’ll write more about that soon), writing for two blogs, and doing background work for television (I’ll write about that too), I’m also editing the first draft of my novel. Phew, I get tired putting that all down in a sentence 🙂

As I work on the revisions of my story, I realize that editing is like breathing. Each inhalation is an expansion of thoughts, the exploration of ideas and character. Each exhalation is a purging of unnecessary words, the  fine-tuning of each idea. Throughout the editing process the word count for my story jumps from 50,000 to 90,000 then back down to 60,000. My story expands and contracts like a healthy set of lungs.

Here are 4 tips on how to breathe and write:

  1. Don’t hold your breath. Each breath brings life into your story. Fresh words keep it alive. Holding onto your original words will eventually cause your story to suffocate.
  2. Don’t take shallow breaths. Bring as much new air into your story and rid as much stale, used-up air as possible. The deeper your breaths, the more room for creativity.
  3. Stay where the air is fresh. Read books you love, take a class, surround yourself with people who support your work.
  4. Never stop breathing. If you are a creative person, art is your oxygen. I don’t write every day, but the longer I go without writing the crazier I feel. Don’t deprive yourself of what you need.

May the lungs of your story be happy and healthy 🙂

2 comments

  1. Great post! I like your metaphor about art being oxygen. As a writer myself, I completely agree. I just came back from a writers’ conference and recently finished the 4th draft of my novel, so I could definitely relate to this. Thanks for putting it so succinctly. 🙂

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