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Obscure Writing Tips

Everyone has a list of ten, twelve, fifteen, maybe even twenty ideas of tips for writers. Sometimes those tips are good and at other times, maybe not so good.

What I am offering today will be a short list of seven obscure writing tips to enable you, as a writer, to improve your skill.

There are plenty of other writing tips, some obscure, some more well-known. Share some of your writing tips in the comments below.




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Lisa M. Collins
2015-03-30
Bob,
I use an app on my phone to recreate the coffee house experience when I write. It is call Coffitivity and it is available for iPhone and Android. https://coffitivity.com/
It is my favorite way to "Pipe in the noise."
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Bob Nailor
2015-03-30
For some, working in a coffee shop is a must, it seems to boost their output potential. Having moved to rural America, I live outside of town and to "pop" into a cafe is major hassle. I've used Coffitivity for years now (on and off) to give me the experience. I even have a candle with a heavy coffee scent to ensure the illusion is complete.
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Elyse Salpeter
2015-03-30
I like the idea of taking the grammar cue off. I have to figure out how to do it. As for the spell check, oh yes, I need that! Nice article Bob.
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Bob Nailor
2015-03-30
I really thought you'd balk at the noise suggestion. I use grammar check so rarely, but spell check is definitely ON.
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Scott Bury
2015-03-30
Excellent tips! I like the idea of sound - in music or background noise, as well as reading your work aloud. Thanks!
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Bob Nailor
2015-03-30
I live under headphones. Ask any of my co-workers. I found I was more productive that way - especially programming and writing. Certain music was more conducive than others. As to reading aloud - I won't release a book without having read it aloud to my #1 audience, my wife.
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Charles Dougherty
2015-03-30
As always, Bob, your suggestions are solid. Good job. I particularly like your suggestion to turn off grammar check. I write a lot of dialog -- it's my favorite way to tell a story. When I used to write in MS Word, almost my whole manuscript would be filled with those squiggly underlines. Besides, grammar check is wrong as often as it's correct.
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Bob Nailor
2015-03-30
I'm using Word right now to finalize my book and that squiggle line is annoying. I'm still new to Scrivener, not sure if it has a grammar checker.
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Charles Dougherty
2015-03-31
Scrivener does have a grammar checker, but I keep it turned off. It's worth looking at the "Corrections" tab under preferences. There are some things there that I like, and some that I disabled. I would have a problem going back to writing books in Word.

I'm also experimenting with the new version of Ulysses, which automatically syncs between the Mac and iPad. It offers a lot of the same features as Scrivener, but it's simpler to get used to it, and I like being able to write on the Mac and then tweak things on the iPad whenever something comes to mind.
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