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

HOW TO WRITE LIKE AN A.I.

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 LIKE AN A.I.

Maybe you haven’t heard, but there are people out there writing books now. And by people, I mean robots. And by robots, I mean A.I.

The future is here, folks. Artificial intelligence programs are writing short novels which are being entered into contests, like the Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award, which relatively recently opened up its metaphorical doors to non-human contestants. (Read more from this article: A Japanese AI program just wrote a short novel, and it almost won a literary prize by Chloe Olewitz.)

With things such as artificial intelligence programs competing, and competing successfully, with humans in the artistic field of writing, how can one ever hope to keep up? Aren’t computers just better than us?

Binary code in green over black background from The Matrix

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