That takes us to tip number nine, nine out of 10, Write and Re-write because this is how you get to your story. By writing it down once. By going through all of the tips. By reading it out loud, which we talked about before where you can hear the cadence of your language. You can kind of like, hmm, that's awkward, let me cut that. A really great idea is to write your story down and to read it out loud. Tell it out loud without reading it. That helps you really synthesize what you want to say. While you're writing and re-writing, I recommend becoming a part of a community. First of all because writing students are the coolest, greatest, best people in the world and also because when you're in a writing community, if you're in a writing class, it's so great. Every week you have peer pressure, so you have a deadline. Every week you have an audience. And you learn to edit. I so recommend getting into a writing class. If there's no writing class in your area, form a group. If there's still ...
nothing in your area, you can always listen to writing class radio. You should absolutely watch all of Creative Live's classes this week.
Bonus Materials with Purchase
Places to Submit & Read Great Personal Essays
Editing Tips for Stories Meant to Be Told Out Loud