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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THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE: WHY WRITER’S BLOCK IS A LIE, PART 1

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 POWER OF PERSISTENCE: WHY WRITER’S BLOCK IS A LIE, PART 1

Just two weeks ago I addressed how to combat fear of rejection when it comes to writing (WRITING AND PUBLICATION: WHY REJECTION IS NEVER REJECTION), but this week, I am going to delve a little deeper into why it is important to push past not only the fear, but also the excuses that writers like to give themselves.

If you’re reading this, chances are you are creative in some fashion. Creatives, on the whole, have a tendency to be fiercely intelligent, dedicated, and, erm, over-dramatic.

A man in a heavily decorated Italian mask quickly removes it and reveals that he is on stage in a huge, colorful dress while saying, "Drama!"

*Ahem* Yes, well, I don’t know about you, but that’s never me. Never. …Okay, so MAYBE it is, but only some of the time.

As I mentioned in my post WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW—LIBERTIES VS. RESEARCH, I had the chance to see Neil Gaiman speak live about a month or so ago, and he said something that was hilarious and simultaneously brilliant:

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WHY YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE THE NEXT GAME OF THRONES

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:

Why You Don't Have to Write the Next Game of Thrones

This week’s post is going to look at current entertainment trends and what they have to do with your story.

Why don’t you have to write the next Game of Thrones?

Because that’s what everyone is doing. Don’t believe me?

Take a look at these articles on the new Castlevania Netflix original show and Star Trek: Discovery.

Netflix’s Castlevania Trailer, Release Date, Story, & Everything Else We Know by Matthew Byrd

Game of Thrones Inspired Star Trek: Discovery to Kill More Main Characters by Kelly Kanayama

Star Trek: Discovery producers take lessons from Game of Thrones by Corey Smith

I’m going to highlight a few things from each of these articles, so if you could take just a quick peep at each of them, that would be wonderful. =)

Loki from the Avengers movie sitting in a plane, smiling, and giving a thumbs up.

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WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW—LIBERTIES VS. RESEARCH

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:

WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW—LIBERTIES VS. RESEARCH

Greetings to you! It has been a bit since my last post, though I hope you’ll excuse my absence—I was in Japan, and thus my mind was on all things Japanese! Japan is my heart country, and I would love the chance to live there for longer than a month at a time (both of my trips have been a month in length). Now that I am back on American time, I am excited to get back into my normal routine: writing! And writing a lot. =)

My significant other and I had a chance to hear Neil Gaiman (author of Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Sandman, et. al.) speak a few weeks ago, and when discussing Norse Mythology particularly, which is his own retelling of the Norse myths, he made an excellent point. To paraphrase, he said that it is a writer’s job to know just enough of a subject they are including in their book. Did he say you needed to be an expert in a subject? NO!

Here’s what he actually said:

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CRAFTING A BELIEVABLE ROMANCE: FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR OWN CHARACTER

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 A BELIEVABLE ROMANCE: FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR OWN CHARACTER

Hello, everyone! Happy to be back with you this week; last week I had a nasty bout of the flu that left me extremely exhausted and out of it, and I would much rather be enjoying time to work on this blog. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

This week is all about love. Gushy, mooshy love. But perhaps not the kind you’d think—this week, we’re going to embrace the slightly narcissistic side of ourselves, and fall in love with our own creation. How and why?

Let’s find out.

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BEING A REAL WRITER: SHOULD YOU KEEP YOUR DAY JOB?

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:

BEING A REAL WRITER: SHOULD YOU KEEP YOUR DAY JOB?

Happy Wednesday! Is it really March already?! How did this happen?? Regardless, a happy first day of the month to you; I’m excited that it happens to fall on Writing Tip Wednesday! So I thought I would make today’s post a little extra special.

Today I am going to be talking about the possibility of quitting your day job in order to become a real writer. But here’s the kicker: I just lied to you.

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HOW TO WRITE OFTEN AND NOT BURN OUT

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 WRITE OFTEN AND NOT BURN OUT

This week’s post is especially aimed at goal-oriented writers, whether professional or amateur. We’re going to be talking about changing the way we think about how and how much we write in a day. Ready? Let’s dive right in.

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WRITING HEROES: SNOB VS. SNARK

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:

WRITING HEROES: SNOB VS. SNARK

Welcome to Part 2 of our WRITING HEROES series. (Click here for Part 1: HOW TO WRITE FLAWED HEROES.)

Have you ever wondered why we get all mad at villains for having confidence? For being snobby? For feeling like the world owes them something? And for feeling like they own the world?

Well, what’s the difference between that sort of villain and, say, Tony Stark, the King of Snark?

Tony Stark meme that reads, "When life hands you lemons: I don't like being handed things."

What is it that lets people relate to Tony Stark if he’s just as snobby and full of himself as the villain?

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ARE WRITERS REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

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:

ARE WRITERS REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

So this week is going to be a bit different from what I normally do. For those of you who have been reading for a while, you know I usually like to stick pretty strictly to “how to write” themed posts.

But today I’m going talk about why we write, and why it’s important to keep writing.

There’s been a lot of turmoil in the political/human rights world lately, and regardless of which side you are on, the whole situation has been very stressful. Facebook newsfeeds are starting to fill up with posts like, “ENJOY THIS PICTURE OF A HAPPY PUPPY BECAUSE LET’S FACE IT WE COULD ALL USE IT.”

But what about stories? What about words? Do people still need them, or are drive-by 0.5 seconds of puppies all the world needs right now?

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HOW TO WRITE FLAWED HEROES

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 WRITE FLAWED HEROES

Evening, everyone! This week we are talking about something really awesome and potentially contradictory: flawed heroes!

We all know that your main character/protagonist/hero should have at least one or two character flaws. Maybe your character drinks a lot, or maybe they’re as greedy as Mr. Krabs despite having a heart of gold. (See what I did there?)

Mr. Krabs from Spongebob diving into pile of money

But why is it so important that your main character be flawed? Shouldn’t we leave all of the hyperbolic flaws to the villain?

Well, maybe not. I’d argue that it’s often times more important that your hero is flawed, which is why this week we’re going to look at something I don’t usually talk about or encourage: Continue reading