THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE: WHY WRITER’S BLOCK IS A LIE PART 2

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

The Power of Persistence: Why Writer's Block is a Lie, Part 2

I’ve been reading an interest book lately called The Book of Joy. It’s a book that is an interfaith dialogue between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, each an important figure in their respective religions, Christianity and Buddhism.

One of the things that has already stuck and inadvertently been applied to my own life as a realization of late is this:

Suffering produces joy.

What does this mean? Because it sounds contradictory. But think about it—women who have children go through the process of childbirth (pain), but are so happy to have the new addition to their family, that many women opt to go through extreme pain more than once in order to have more than one child.

But it hurts! Why go through it?

Because suffering produces joy.

So this week, we are going to talk a little bit more about how suffering through torment can actually bring you real joy.
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FEEDING YOUR FICTION: HOW TO READ AS A WRITER

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:

FEEDING YOUR FICTION: HOW TO READ AS A WRITER

Happy December, everyone! It’s hard to believe it’s here already. And instead of stressing about finishing work by the end of the year, we’re going to be discussing something a little more relaxing today. =)

It is commonly heard and said that good writers read. It is also said that writers not only read…they read A LOT.

Well, I don’t know about you, but hearing that is encouraging, inspiring, and also terrifying and intimidating. I was an English major in undergrad, and also in grad school. In grad school, the common pace for one class, not to mention the others taken at the same time, was one novel a week.

Now, you may be the fastest reader in the world, but this was a real struggle for me to keep up with. Many weeks I would read about ¾ of the book, and have to skip to the end simply because I could not keep up.

And I’m here to tell you that that’s okay. When people say good writers read, or good writers read a lot, they don’t define what they read or how much. A lot for a fast reader might be a few books in a week. For me, it’s reading a book every few weeks, or even one a month, or even less often that that, depending on what else is going on in my life.

But the important thing is that I am at least reading every week. I try to read a little every day, even if it’s just a few pages between things. My days are pretty full, but yesterday I found time to read at an appointment, and again before bed.

Thus this week’s post is going to cover

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ – FOR YOUR WRITING AND YOURSELF

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