1. Proceed slowly and take care. 2. To ensure that you proceed slowly, write by hand. 3. Write slowly and by hand only about subjects that interest you. 4. Develop craftsmanship through years of wide reading. 5. Rewrite and edit until you achieve the most felicitous phrase/sentence/paragraph/page/story/chapter. Source.
Some people need total silence when they write. Some need the sound of rain, or the comforting hum of a coffee shop. I need music. And I'm pretty picky about what music I can listen to while writing. Most is distracting. Anything with lyrics - distracting. Anything with bongo drums or sax solos - no. So, … Continue reading Music for Writing
“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you." David Foster Wallace
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It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating. Today, for instance, as man and woman, both lover and mistress, I rode in a forest on an autumn afternoon under the yellow leaves, and I was also the horses, the leaves, … Continue reading Writing Quote of the Day
Residencies are the ultimate dream for a writer. To spend weeks, sometimes months, away from society and technology to focus solely on the work - that's the stuff of fantasy. Given time to reflect, decompress, be alone with your thoughts, and connect to nature, what could you accomplish? Here are 8 of the most dreamy retreats … Continue reading Eight Incredible Writers Residencies
"Some people are scared of putting space in their calendar to think. Our calendars are symbols of how much we're getting done, so leaving some of that precious space 'empty' for thinking feels wasteful. Yet the most productive people I know aren't in meetings all day. They rarely declare anything 'urgent.' They attend only the … Continue reading Do you allow yourself time to just think?
“Writer’s block is my unconscious mind telling me that something I’ve just written is either unbelievable or unimportant to me, and I solve it by going back and reinventing some part of what I’ve already written so that when I write it again, it is believable and interesting to me. Then I can go on. … Continue reading QOTD
Last week I was pretty sick. Sick enough that I skipped work and stared at the TV all day long without a shred of guilt. Sick enough that I tried to do some stretches on my living room floor and woke up down there two hours later from a very nice nap. Sick enough that … Continue reading Too Sick to Write?