Monday, April 7, 2014

Creative V.S. Analytical Writers

What is the difference between a Creative Writer and an Analytical Writer?  What are they?  Is one better than the other?  Can I be both?

The short answer is this: There are two primary ways writers approach writing based on the way they think, creatively or analytically, and one is not any better than the other.  Many writing instructors lump analytical and creative writing into one block (among fiction writers, this may be delineated as “pre-writing,” “writing” and “re-writing”) when in fact these are two different skills which use two very different parts of the brain.

Here is a basic summary:

The Analytical Writer

  • intellectual/technical approach
  • better at problem-solving, analysis and structure
  • best at pre-writing and rewriting

The Creative Writer

  • emotional/intuitive approach
  • better at exploration of the internal life of characters, feelings and reactions
  • best at emotional content and putting text on the page

In a perfect world, every writer would be both creative and analytical, but we do not live in an ideal world and we are rarely as analytical or creative as we would like to be.  More often than not, we are more one than the other, although seldom to the exclusion of the other.

To read more, check out the full article on Story Science's webpage.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.” ~Stephen King

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Why reading what you write aloud is beneficial

1 – Helps improve flow and cadence or in other words, helps the reader “hear” your writing how you want them to.

2 – Helps improve the “real” feeling of dialogue. Making dialogue sound true to life, instead of stiff, is tricky, but reading it aloud is a great way to get it right.

3 – Helps catch misspellings and typos that the brain can automatically skip over when reading silently. Also, helps catch improper punctuation and sentence structure.

4 – Helps improve the beauty of writing. Writing is an art and the skill of it comes in word choice and nuances of language that are best heard when spoken aloud.

If you are looking for a way to improve your writing reading out loud is one of the best ways I have found to do it. Just ignore all the strange looks those in your household or favorite coffee shop might throw your way.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hand over the scuba gear

 (from PeerCentered.Org, a blog for tutors)
We’ve all had them—the good writers. The ones who really know what they’re doing, who know what they’re talking about, who know the basic rules of grammar. The ones that make us draw a blank, a complete white wall of nothingness because—really—it is so tempting to stay at the surface level grammars and word choices and citations that we resist putting on our scuba gear and really diving in.
But perhaps “diving in” is the wrong metaphor. “Diving in” might imply that we, as consultants, are initiating that first jump in the water, pulling the client in behind us…and I don’t think this is the answer to “how to help a good writer.” In fact, I think we should do the exact opposite: hand that scuba gear right over to the writer. 
Check out the rest of this article - it provides some insights into being a tutor that aren't usually talked about.