Tip 4. Practice Noticing

Whenever something strikes you especially intensely, focus on it with a writer’s eye. Whether it’s a salmon-hued sunset or anger so strong you’re left shaking, a bit of amusing dialogue or a drooling newborn, note as many details as you can and work them into your writing–for that day, or in a notebook you keep for future use. When you write use strong verbs and nouns, and try to incorporate all five senses. Even if that scrap never finds its way into a story, the practice is good for you.

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