20 writing tips which actually are quite smart… because they work!

The monastic figure Dumm, patron saint of Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work

Over the years, I’ve come up with or stumbled upon a number of tricks to help with the writing process. Here are some of them.

1 Page A Day

Adopt a different writing persona

Create an Argument

Don’t Finish That Scene!

Free Association

Get Off Your Ass

Get Un-Comfortable

Highlight Your Verbs

Listen to a Movie

Make a Collage

Name That Tune

Plot Backward

Read Your Dialogue Aloud

Set a deadline



The Six Word Test

Transcribe Screenplays

Unplug Your Internet!

What To Do After You Finish Your First Draft

If you have any dumb writing ideas that work, send them along!

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Author: Scott Myers