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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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to talk about how to create stories that endure—stories that, even as technology changes and makes our novels seem “out of date,” will withstand the test of time and be read regardless of that.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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