Sitting down to write whatever comes to mind has long been a warm-up routine for writers. The idea is that if you sit and write things down, you’ll stretch your creative muscles enough that, eventually, you’ll come to an idea that makes sense. This week, several posts and stories shared different approaches to this practice. It doesn’t necessarily apply to all kinds of writing.
Also, some tips on translating grammar rules and how one writer turned tacos into writing inspiration.
Reporting vs. creativity: Writers of journalistic, marketing and creative work face many of the same challenges: story ideas, structure, word choice, etc. But the path to getting to the completed piece is very different for writers in varying fields. Tom Fields-Meyer, a magazine writer by trade, wrote about the difference in this post that describes his experience in a creative writing class. As he explains, journalists have a very good idea of what they’re going to write once the reporting is done. But in writing short stories or essays or memoirs, there’s a process of just starting to write that is required before the story comes out.