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January 17, 2009

Learn from Writers You Admire

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 12:53 am

einstein1  Have you read a story that thrilled you? A story so good you wished you’d written it? Then sit down and try a screenwriter’s trick: retype the story word for word. During the retyping you will experience the rhythm of that writer you so admire. You’ll get a firsthand experience of the word choices, how the plot points turn, where the story breathes and where it picks up the pace. Retyping is a miniature writing course all its own. Try it and see what you learn, then leave a comment here for others to share.


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

—Albert Einstein



  1. that is my favorite quote of all time.

    and thanks for the tip!

    Comment by Josh Leadbetter — January 17, 2009 @ 7:25 am

  2. Elaine – great to see you here. Will be checking back every day. Oh an Elain that’s a great tip that I might try.

    Comment by gary dobbs — January 17, 2009 @ 10:17 am

  3. Nice to find you. I’ll add the link to my blog.

    Comment by patti abbott — January 17, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

  4. Hey, I’m glad you’re starting your own blog. I’ve added it to my google reader. I’ve done this exercise a few times. It really is helpful and interesting. When we read it’s like flying over a landscape, but when you retype it you are walking in the writer’s actual footsteps.

    Comment by Charles Gramlich — January 17, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

  5. Thank you for adding me, Patti! Your story, “The Instrument of Their Desire” was a hugely successful kickoff for Beat to a Pulp.

    Comment by ashedit — January 18, 2009 @ 8:20 am

  6. Elaine, site looks good. I’ve added it to my favorites. Lots to like here. Keep it up and thanks for the kind words and edit. Looking forward to working with you in the future.

    Comment by Frank Bill — January 19, 2009 @ 7:21 am

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