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My 7 writing commandments
Ex journalist Corrie Jackson, whose debut thriller is published this month, shares her advice for sharpening your story and getting it out there…
Beat the block
Some days, getting words onto the page feels like you’re scaling Everest in flip-flops. The best technique I learnt to overcome this is the ‘nifty 350 rule’. When you first sit down to write, open your document and bash out 350 words without stopping. It forces you past the horror-of-the-white-page stage. Oh, and I always stop in the middle of sentence. Sounds weird, but it works. When I come back to my computer the next day, I don’t have to be ‘creative’. All I have to do is finish the sentence. And by that stage, I’m already writing.
Get out of your own way
My role as a magazine editor is to tweak, sculpt and rewrite. Skills you need to leave at the door when you’re going at your first draft. First drafts are hell. My opening paragraph took me two days. By the end I was on my knees.
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