Do you ever feel like you’re swimming in circles? The water never changes temperature, there is never a current speeding the flow around you. You’re constantly fed the same ol’ boring tasteless crap to eat, yet it’s still the excitement of your day? A certain Pink Floyd song sates, “we’re just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl.” If as a writer you can relate, then trust me, you’re not alone.
There are several issues that even the best writers circle back to. Repetition in word choices is arguably at the top of that list for many. We know what we like and what we’re comfortable with. We get swallowed up by ‘the zone’ or so some like to call it. It’s kind of like autopilot. It’s easy to slip into the zone, at about the middle point of a project. We’ll have the necessary plot points in our heads but we don’t put as much thought into the details while writing it. At the beginning we’re excited, motivated, and want perfection. At the end our ambition for perfection picks back up, as we want to finish things up with a bang. But, what about the middle? That hardly manageable gray area that we have to force our way through?
In a second round of revisions, after taking a break to clear our heads, or cleanse the palate so to speak, the best changes are made. It’s in this round of revisions that we’re able to de-bore-ify our work. There is one major way that can help this process. It can save time and a lot of headache with the creative process. It’s a well-known trick, and if you’re not already using them then do!
This not-so-secret writing secret is infographics! We are visual creatures, us humans. We remember things when put in the form of a picture. As writers, there are words we use that we may not even realize are as boring as they actually are. I was recently contacted by a creator of some writing infographics, he was merely asking for my opinion as an author, and I what I found was sheer excellence!
Jack Milgram has created infographics for us writers that are arguably creative game changers. You can find an example here 28 Boring Words and What to Use Instead. The images are impressive, and extremely helpful. There are some words on this list that are used constantly by many writers, and the alternatives that Jack has provided in a creative and eye catching way are clever and appropriate. These infographics are meant to be used as a quick go-to and guide without having to strain your brain in the process. Images are useful time savers and memorable. A quick glance through before revising our work can inspire and assist in the spicing up department. As one writer to another I highly suggest giving Jack’s work a look!
Infographics can be used in so many ways! Print them, order them as decoration, post them on social media, or even bookmark them as a reference at the click of a button. Good luck writers, lets create something epic, and hopefully this will help us all along the way!