Do you think too much about what you're going to write? Wonder if an agent will like it? Or a publisher? Do you cross off ideas just because you think it won't sell? Don't waste valuable writing time by second-guessing your ideas and inspirations. Write what your heart is telling you to write.
Most authors do not begin as excellent writers. It's a life-long process. Here are some tips to help you improve: Writing takes practice. To get in the habit of doing it, follow tips one and two: Find your writing space. Have a comfortable space without distractions that’s conducive to writing. Create a writing ritual. Set aside a specific time each day or week that is used only for writing. Learn from others. Tips 3 through [...]
An idea may be in your head, your vision is clear, but you must remember these words from Roald Dahl. Now, get to work making your dreams come true!
It sounds so simple, but writers know how difficult it is to describe new settings and characters in a way that readers feel instantly comfortable with them. And finding new perspectives to familiar scenes and people so that it's fresh and exciting is hard too. There's a reason Samuel Johnson uses the word "powers". Good luck exercising your author super powers this week.
Every great book that is out there involved its author toiling through creating a first draft, submitting to their editor (or subbing to find an agent to believe in their vision), and making countless edits. Push through the struggles that come along the journey of writing. You can do it.
As Kristine Anderson (author of Crooked Truth) always says, "If it was easy, everyone would be doing it." As you struggle with finding the perfect opening line, or the ultimate ending, remember that it will all be worth it in the end. A writer's pain is the reader's gain.
"You can fix anything but a blank page." Nora Roberts
Emile Coué (1857-1926) worked as a pharmacist in France between 1882 and 1910. He noticed that his patients had much better outcomes when he convinced them that the medicines would work. We now call this the placebo effect. Coué began to study how the power of positive thinking helped cure illness. Coué believed that the mind couldn’t hold two opposing thoughts at the same time. He taught his patients to repeat positive affirmations several times [...]
In a time of uncertainty, as writers, we must keep writing. The characters we create, the worlds we build, the ideas we put to the page matter. Even if only a few see your words, you never know the impact those words may have. Keep writing!