As an aspiring novelist, I’m often drawn to articles and blog posts offering advice on:
How to be …
- … a writer
- … a better writer
- … a more prolific writer
- … a published writer
- … a writer with a following
- … a writer who tweets
- … a multi-layered writer
- … a writer who Facebooks
- … a writer who researches
- … a writer who …
Shall I go on?
Some of these articles offer sound useful advice, others seem to be exercises in ego inflation. That’s why I really enjoyed this article from The Faster Times. It’s a little of both.
Read more … How to Be a Writer (Although You Probably Shouldn’t Be One) | The Faster Times.
Most writers I know face the same obstacle in reaching their writing goals.
How many times have we made a commitment to our selves and to our writing, only to have to put that commitment aside and tend to dear daughter’s science project, dear husband’s broken down car, or dear boss’s last minute work project. These aren’t excuses, they’re real life. And it often becomes too easy to put our writing aside while all the other responsibilities in our lives take precedence.
Jamie Lee Wallace, aka Suddenly Jamie on Live to Write — Write to Live, knows the drill. She set some writing goals for 2011. But,” she says, ” these intentions were all summarily slaughtered by the demands of my Real Life.”
She decided not to be done in by the slaughter. After some serious thinking, she came up with 7 Steps to Better Writing Habits. Here’s what she had to say:
by Deborah Deck-Suárez
I’m sharing this poem by Deborah Deck-Suárez at ThirtyCreativeStudio because tonight, when I needed to be (should have been) writing, I was doing the old point and click around the web. I ended up at Deb’s site and found this poem. I was so inspired by the beauty of her words, and by the strong sense of connection, then loss, then longing conveyed in those few short lines, that I clicked off the internet and started writing.
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If you’re a writer finding it difficult to make time for writing, think about joining the Silent Writers Collective tonight for its weekly online silent retreat. All writers are welcome to join in at 9 EST and PST and commit an hour (more if you want) to their art.
You can work on your own project or use one of the exercises provided below.
For more information, visit the Silent Writers Collective.
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Tonight at 9 EST and PST, the Silent Writers Collective holds its weekly online writing retreat. All writers are welcome to join in and be quiet.
You can work on your own project or use the writing exercise provided below. For those participating in the WordPress.com Post A Day challenge, it’s a great time to stockpile a post or two. For those who aren’t sure what they want to work on, here is an interesting exercise from Poets & Writers’ new series, “The Time is Now.”
This exercise may be more writing than you can fit into one hour, but if you’re inspired to keep writing, that’s the whole idea!
As J-Lo would say, I’m “Waiting for Tonight!”
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