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5 Creative Ways to Help You Get Writing

Anton Chekhov wrote: “My country house is full of people, they never leave me alone; if only they would go away I could be a good writer.”

I bet you have your own “if only …” sentence that tells why you haven’t reached your writing goals.

Mine change from time to time. “If only I was more knowledgeable about this topic, I would feel confident enough to finish this novel” (my present “if only”). “If only I wasn’t so easily distracted” … “If only I felt more motivated” …

I’ll tell you one thing that does help me break through my “if only” dilemma, and that’s working on something I’m really excited about.

Many prolific writers generate innumerable ideas, and my guess is they’re mostly great ones. Ideas for poems, short stories, plays, screenplays, novels. You have to generate a lot of ideas to get to a few truly great ones. Continue Reading…

A Late Call to Contribute to the Book “October 2020”

All month, nearly one hundred writers have been writing short pieces–prose, poetry, journal entries–that reflect their thoughts and feelings in this time in history.

It is my belief that this month–October of 2020–will be thought of as one of the most consequential and pivotal points of inflection in all of human history.

Maybe to some that’s a bit of a stretch, but I know that years from now I’ll be looking back at this month and recalling what I was thinking and feeling as COVID rages around the world, the US is reeling from accelerated racial injustice and a government on the precipice of collapse, and the planet is on fire and suffering historic flooding and sea levels rising as climate change is wreaking havoc in every arena of human life.

The month is almost over, and while many have been writing daily or every few days, compiling pieces on different topics, I’d like to extend an invitation to you to write something about how you feel in this moment in history. Continue Reading…

How to Avoid Writing a Boring Story

This is the time of year when many writers (or aspiring ones) commit to the fun madness that is NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is a huge ubiquitous event, with thousands of people spending the month of November writing a novel. It can surely be a fun exercise in creativity, stick-to-itiveness, and high-goal-setting.

But regardless if you are joining the mad crowd in this endeavor or not, there are some basic things every writer should consider before committing any amount of time to a project.

Don’t Bother Writing a Boring Story

It should go without saying that if your own story idea bores you, maybe you shouldn’t waste weeks, months, or years of your life writing that book. Don’t just write a book to write one, unless you just want to challenge yourself to accomplish such a goal, which is what some people strive to do during Nanowrimo. I’ve spoken to many people who wrote a novel just to see if they could do it, and for many, that end was satisfying in itself.

But for a serious career novelist (or poet or short-story writer) who wants to tell a compelling story, and hopefully more than just one in his lifetime, it’s a good idea for him to come up with a concept that excites him, for whatever reasons. Continue Reading…

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