W & S Popular Articles

Welcome to my Words and Scenes popular articles page.

I hope you enjoy these articles.  I write them regularly for my readers, and you are welcome to use them on your own site as long as you:
  • copy them entirely and do not change them at all
  • add my website link to the bottom or top of the article
  • attribute my website name to the article.
I would also really appreciate if you ask me first. That would be terrific!
Thanks,
Janice

 

This is a small selection of nearly 200  ‘Words and Scenes’ blog articles that have been posted since 2009.
The benefit of routine for the writer
Start your own writing support group
Imaginative writing starts with
Is your writing active or passive – and does it matter? 
Achieving writing flow is like doing a jig saw puzzle
How to write telling titles:
Writing what the heart says.
Please remember: If you want to use any of this writing for yourself, you will probably be welcome to do so, but please ask me first, and be willing to add my link to anything you use.

ARTICLES:
The benefit of routine for the writer
24th Blog in Writing Process series. Published 9.6.11
Routine can definitely help the writer.
If you are a very artistic and spontaneous sort of person, you will probably feel like hitting the little cross at the top right of this web page right now, and moving on to another site.
You may be the sort of person who says ‘I hate routine’ or ‘creativity and routine don’t seem to go together’.
 (Click the title link to see the reminder of this article)
Start your own writing support group.
42nd blog in Why Write series. Pub 23.9.11

One of the best things you can do to help yourself along your journey as a writer is to get into a writers’ group. If there are none near you, try to find other writers with whom you can get together and start your own group.
What do you need in order to start a new group?
 (Click the title link to see the reminder of this article)
 Imaginative Writing Starts With…
60th Why Write blog. Pub. 7.6.12
Imaginative writing starts with two words – ‘What If?’
What if the moon was really made of cheese? What if sheep ruled the world? What if a prince could change places with a pauper? What if…?
Your imagination is a wonderful thing – a God-given attribute of the human race.  It enables us to see so much more than what our eyes tell us. Indeed, there’s a whole world of thought goes on in our cerebral space that may have nothing to do with what we are presently doing or seeing.
 (Click the title link to see the reminder of this article)
Is your writing active or passive – and does it matter? 
The most common criticism I got about my early writing efforts was ‘Passive writing’!
As I got more experienced at my writing, my mentor wouldn’t always tell me where the dreaded passive writing actually was; leaving me to figure it out for myself.
It took me a long time to become my own passive-writing sleuth, and it is something I still have to consciously look for.  It is only after nearly a decade of writing that I finally feel that I’m making progress. I still use it deliberately sometimes though – sometimes it just sounds better, as in the sentence before this one.
So – what is passive writing, and what’s the matter with it? Is it always bad?
 (Click the title link to see the reminder of this article)
Achieving Writing Flow Is Like Doing A Jig-Saw Puzzle
20th Writing Process blog. Pub 29.4.11
Writing ‘flow’ is a tricky thing to define.  What is it?
My Webster dictionary defines ‘flow’ as: ‘to move gently, smoothly and easily’. My definition would be: ‘a clearly understood stream of thought’.
Your spell and grammar-check programs won’t show it, because flow is a big picture item. If you look too hard at the little details, you might not even see the overall view at all; let alone help your reader to do so.
‘Writing flow’ determines how easily your reader can work out what you’re trying to say, so it is important. Achieving this flow can be likened to assembling a jig-saw puzzle.
 (Click the title link to see the reminder of this article)
How To Write Telling Titles.
23rd blog in Writing Process series.
A title tells the reader what to expect in the content of your writing.
Readers usually prefer non-fiction titles to give a clearer idea of the content, whereas a title for fiction might give only a clue that is worked out as the story is read.
I’m sure that, whenever you read a newspaper or magazine, you scan the titles so you know which articles you want to read, and which ones you will ignore. This is usual, and it is the reason why titles are considered very carefully by editors.
 (Click the title link to see the reminder of this article)
Writing what the heart says. 
63rd WW blog. Published 2.8 .12.
What we say is important,
my friend,
for in most cases
the mouth speaks
what the heart is full of.
This is part of a poem found in a little booklet called ‘To a Friend: Sunny thoughts for Monday Moods.’
Except for the most mundane writing, most of what you write will, in some way or another, express your heart; or perhaps you may call it your ‘gut feeling’ or intuition.  Feelings originate in your emotional heart; your inner self. They will come out in most writing.
Here are some ways in which the mouth speaks (or the pen reveals) what the heart is full of:
 (Click the title link to see the reminder of this article)