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The power of sticky notes

In The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises, author James Bell talks about using sticky notes to remind him of important things he needs to keep in mind.

His says:
- Emotion, emotion, emotion!
- Be dialog happy
- The right answer
- Surprise me now

Emotion reminds him that primary purpose of a novel is to give readers an emotional ride.

The dialog bit is a reminder to let the dialog flow - he can always edit later.

The second right answer means he should push his brain to come up with something that isn’t a cliche.

And the surprise note is a reminder to bring in a surprise if the story starts dragging. Like Raymond Chandler’s trick of bringing a guy with a gun into the scene.

I’ve adapted that and a virtual sticky on my Mac laptop. It just hangs out in the background when I write. One of the notes on my stick reads “Slow it down.”

What would your sticky about your writing to yourself read?

And did you know that it is the 30th anniversary of the Post-It note? That means there is a large cohort of folks for whom there have always been stickies.



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