The voice is back.
Today’s message: “Forget this aimless pastime. Spend time with family, friends, pets, yard work…fill in the blank. Something constructive, something that leaves a mark.”
[Notice I didn’t mention the dirty dishes.]
Hang in there. Today’s haunting is just another version of resistance, another creeping doubt meant to undermine your creative work.
Suggestion: write a quick note to ‘the voice’.
Other than this brief authorial detour, make it clear it won’t deter you. [Nice that you’re engaging in the very activity the voice wants to inhibit, by the way.]
Use a large font size. Print it out. Post it above the computer.
Some folks even name the voice and put a face to it. Sounds like a hint at the next entry…
You’re feeling a little lost. Your efforts have been disjointed and erratic.
You don’t want to bother your writing buddies who are busy with their own projects.
A little inspiration, a little guidance would be nice.
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JK Rowling’s rules of writing weren’t enough, or didn’t quite address your writing life, here is even more wisdom.
lithub.com post, Joe Fassler provides seven of the most common writing tips, based on his conversations with 150 authors.
The list includes:
Neglect everything else.
Sound it out.
to be difficult. supposed
Read the rest of the article for the other three, as well as his expansion on each tip.
Jeff Goins would approve of this clickable photo. ;->
His name is Austin Kleon.
leads to his blog page explaining his progress sheet. This first link
takes you directly to the download page. This second link
He calls it a lo-fi resource. I call it, straightforward and to-the-point.
Use it for your
. end-of-year resolution projects
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Here is a very good start:
What to do with all that wisdom?
Print it out.
Highlight the daylights out of it.
Post it on a bulletin board.
Silkscreen it on a t-shirt. [Okay, a bit extreme.]
Then, find one rule that nudges your need to improve.
Act on it.
Finally, find one that mirrors a strength.
And pat yourself on the back.
You’re on the right track.
It ain’t pretty.
Consider this: Call a truce.
Then pick a side.
Let your left brain win out and dive into an editing/polishing project.
Or, give in to your right brain and dash off a quick, fun, but substantial first draft of another story.
Just don’t try to juggle them both.
Have you accomplished enough?
Turning another calendar page can have that effect on writers, especially as the days [and perhaps your patience] grow shorter.
Consider making some two-month resolutions.
one quality blog post per week.
an essay in the form of an open letter to a group whose motives you question.
a Christmas letter for the ages [let your sense of humor or your deeply felt insights shine through]
a piece that helps advance a cause you have long supported
And then, savor your accomplishment:
And why not?
You can still get your writing done.
Get adventurous with the dictation tools in Microsoft Word and Google Docs. [See the video below.]
Suggestion: Make a brief outline ahead of time of what you want to say/write, but you can always pause the dictation if you need to collect your thoughts.
Here’s the video: