Writing is a full-time job, even if you only spend an hour or two a day writing. And if you already work a full-time job and write on the side, you probably don’t get much sleep. Don’t worry, lack of sleep is normal for writers—the voices in our heads must come out!
A lot has been said about how to write a great story, but here’s some useful advice about what your story should do: “Good fiction’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
Ah yes, procrastination is the bane of every writer. Tomorrow. I’ll do it tomorrow! “One day I shall rise abnove procrastination and write my book’s second page. But it is not this day.”
First drafts are easy to write. You sit down and let the words flow. Revising, self-editing, and polishing your final draft are the hard part, as this funny meme suggests. Wishing all my fellow writers, editors, and friends a creative and productive weekend!
There’s a definite connection between a writer’s heart and his imagination, as this insightful advice from Mark Twain suggests: “When all else fails, write what your heart tells you. You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
Are you struggling with writer’s block? Don’t know what to write? Here’s an insight from master storyteller Ray Bradbury: “Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
When you are down on yourself and think you’ll never be a great writer, remember… “You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.” —Doris Lessing
Happy Friday to all! Another week in the history books, and if you’ve been wanting to do some writing, this weekend is a great time to start!
In the writing classes I’ve taught over the years, I’ve often said that as a writer, your words can entertain, enlighten, even change the world. It’s not a new concept. Back in the mid-1500s, Martin Luther wrote: “If you want to change the world, pick up a pen.” That’s just as true today.
Many writers are moody, temperamental types, and deeply influenced by the people around them. Here’s some advice that will help keep you writing and reasonably sane in daily life.