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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WRITING AND PUBLICATION: HOW TO COMBAT FEAR OF REJECTION

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 AND PUBLICATION: HOW TO COMBAT FEAR OF REJECTION

So you’ve done it. You’ve successfully bled your writing onto hundreds of pages. You’ve somehow gotten the attention of a publisher. He’s given you a proposal deadline. You’re ready. You’ve trained for this. You’ve lived for this. You’ve dreamed of this. And now….now…

You’re totally not ready.

You know the deadline and suddenly every negative thought you’ve ever pushed past is back. …Which may look a little something like this:

Ross from Friends looking nervous

But wait, this is supposed to be a good thing, right? Well, getting published is. But often when we are presented with the possibility of realizing our dreams, it can be overwhelming. So how do we combat that? Well, first, we have to address some questions… Continue reading

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 BE ORIGINAL IN A CULTURE OF THE SAME

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 BE ORIGINAL IN A CULTURE OF THE SAME

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, then you likely already know that waiting for one’s muse does not make one a writer; it makes one a waiter. We’ve dispelled the notion that creativity comes in flitting bursts and cannot hope to exist without that spark of Inspiration—a fickle mistress to all of us creatives.

Today we’re going to be talking about another well-heard piece of advice people often give to writers and other writers: “Be original.”

Is this possible in this day and age? How does one “be original?” What is original enough? These are some of the question we are going to explore in this week’s post.

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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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