WHAT TO DO WHEN INSPIRATION DOESN’T STRIKE

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

What to Do When Inspiration Doesn't Strike

“Writer’s block.” “No ideas.” “Nothing’s coming to me.” “I’m waiting for my muse.” “Lack of inspiration.”

Almost every writer at one point or another has used one of these phrases to describe some of their frustrations with the writing process.

We are told, as creative individuals, that inspiration will strike us, our muse will sing, and we will simply translate the source of that inspiration into the written word.

Sometimes this happens!

Most times it doesn’t. =/

So what can we do if we genuinely can’t think of something good, but we have a deadline to meet, self-imposed or otherwise? Well, here are some good options.

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HOW TO TAKE A BREAK FROM WRITING BY WRITING MORE

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

How to Take a Break From Writing by Writing More

I hope the week so far is treating you well, and if it isn’t, well, this is the perfect post for you! This week we are talking about when and how to take a break from your long, lengthy, ultra-super-sized Project of Awesome.

My Project of Awesome is my Norse mythology-based novel. I work on it every week, with a daily goal of 500 words a day, Monday through Friday. But sometimes, let’s face it, we all get tired of doing the same thing over and over again. Like food! If we ate the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two or more years, wouldn’t that be boring? Wouldn’t it eventually become harder and harder to stomach? It would for me (though I may also just be a hobbit who appreciates a good meal)!

Hobbits eating

If we’re working on our Project of Awesome with the intent of finishing by a certain date, it’s wonderful that we not only have that long term goal, but the daily short-term goals, as well—my 500 words a day, for example. But what happens when other things start to interest us, and our project becomes more of a monotonous strain to reach our daily word count goal? What happens when the project you were so excited about is draining you more than exciting you?

Well, a lot of mediocre writing, or a lot of inner pain, to be honest. It’s no fun to work on something you aren’t excited about. And I’m talking more short-term here. If you still want to publish your novel, great—you haven’t lost sight. But if, in the here and now, you aren’t excited about the daily work, that’s okay up to a certain point. But if it is to the point where the words “grueling” and “excruciating” are beginning to resonate with you, it’s time to take action.

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THE RIGHT WRITING SPACE

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

The Right Writing Space

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I am very excited about this week’s post, as it is a topic that never gets old to me. I love talking to other writers and finding out how they execute their craft, but equally important to how one works is where one works.

The space where one chooses to write is borderline sacred. The writing space is as unique as the writers and the stories they tell. So how can one expect that the same writing space will be conducive to every writer on the planet? Truth is, one can’t. Spaces that would work for one type of person would be another’s nightmare. So how does one figure out what type of writing space might work best for them? Well, let me take you on a little journey…

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CREATING MEMORABLE LITERATURE

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

Creating Memorable Literature

First off, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Autumn! Fall is my favorite time of year, and although the weather has still been more akin to summer than fall, as of yet, I did buy some autumn-inspired soap the other day in hopes that it will coax actual autumn to come quickly.

Now then! Grab a cup of tea and cozy up for this week’s post.

This week I am going to talk about how to create stories that endure—stories that, even as technology changes and makes our novels seem “out of date,” will withstand the test of time and be read regardless of that. I’m basically offering you the Holy Grail of Writing.

Indiana Jones Thinking

So it’s best that you pay attention. 😉

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