Muse Monday: Spice Up Your Writing

Last month, I read an article (and posted it on my Facebook page) by Jon Morrow of Copyblogger fame (If you haven’t yet checked out this site, you should. I highly recommend it).

Anyway, this article was called 5 Strange and Wondrous Techniques for Spicing Up Your Writing. I’m not going to rip off, or recap, everything that was in the article. I’ve included the link so you can go check it out for yourself.

This article appealed to me for several reasons:

  1. I love anything even remotely strange and wondrous, so I was intrigued from the very first words of the title.
  2. I’m always looking for ways to improve my writing (what writer isn’t), so the end of the title won me over too. I knew that I had to read this article.
  3. The article was really well constructed and easy to skim. This was, after all, an article by Jon Morrow.
  4. The points were unique – not the same old stuff that gets repeated over and over and doesn’t offer anything new (Don’t you hate wasting your time by reading articles like that?)

I was especially drawn to exercise number three (in which Jon tells us to write a steamy sex scene). I’ve never done this before, and since I’m working on building my romantic fiction repertoire, I thought this might be a useful thing for me to try. Not that I would really ever put a sex scene in one of my novels. I prefer the sweet, cleaner romances. Sex scenes (if tastefully done) don’t bother me. There’s just such a fine line between sex scene and pornography…I’d hate to cross that in my own writing. I really don’t even like reading books that seem to cross it.

I’m not a prude by any stretch of the imagination. I just tend to believe that too much sex in a literary work ruins the literary part. It just turns it into trash. But this wasn’t meant to be a diatribe against sex in fiction…I’m just trying to make the point that exercise number three (at least for me) would be a really hard thing to do because it would take me way out of my comfort zone. I think the challenge of it is what intrigued me the most.

Number one just didn’t sound like a good thing to do at all. I do number two pretty regularly. I’m working on number four by outlining and beginning to write my book about the Faith-Gratitude Connection. And I’ve already (in a way) done number five. You can read the results of that here.  

So, really, number three is all I have left…And, as I mentioned before, it might actually be relevant to some of my future writing. I haven’t tried it yet. And, when I do, I won’t likely post it here. I’m trying to keep this blog at least PG-rated, if not G-rated. Since I’ve just recently discovered the beauty of Google docs, I might post it there and leave a link in a blog post one of these days. Maybe.

Now what does all this have to do with creativity? And how can you use it to develop your own writing/creative muscles? Well, it’s simple. Read the original article. Pick one of the exercises, and do it. Then post the link to the results in the comments. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

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