Turn the Faucet On – Quote (20)

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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” — Louis L’Amour

HT: Critique Circle


No Edits If You…

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One of the biggest hurdles I face in my own writing is the obsession of editing, and re-editing, and re-editing before I finish my putting my thoughts on paper the computer. This is an annoying a distracting habit.

If you have ever done this, you will know that writing is not easy. It requires a great deal of effort. In fact, there are times I can work on one scene for a week or more until I get it correct. Some days I have continuously edited each thought as it appeared on my paper. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to learn that I might have a really great idea for another chapter or to complete a scene – but alas, I forgot what I was going to say in the rush and excitement of editing. As you sit there, you try racking your brain to remember what it was, but to no avail. It is gone.

So, here is another challenge. If you have an idea for a story or a blog or whatever you are writing, then write out everything in your head for that project. When you have finished, then start editing. You can always fill in a few blanks doing this, but your goal is to complete your thoughts.

At the end of the day In conclusion, a vital an important truth to remember is this — You Can’t Edit It If You Don’t Write it!


Just Change the Ink

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What is stopping you from progressing in your writing? Maybe it has been just a day since you last put pen to paper, but maybe it has been weeks or months.

Part of our problem, as humans, is that we easily fall into a rut. We do the same things over and over but still expect different results. As the saying goes, history repeats itself and the only thing we seem to learn from history is that we never learn.

Here is another challenge for you this week.

dO sOmEtHiNg DiFfErEnT!

Yes, that’s right – Do something different!

Instead of going to your favorite coffee shop for inspiration, visit a different coffee shop. You will see new people, some of whom are also looking for new ideas. Of course, there is the possibility that everybody will read this post and you will end up with the same group at the new place! Oh and while you are there, try the best coffee inspiration to be found in a White Chocolate Raspberry drink – hot or cold, it’s your choice.

What about your method of writing? Do you write a paragraph at a time and then edit? How about writing two paragraphs or even a full page before you edit?

Finally, if BIG changes are not in your future, then try something small. Buy a different style of pen. Use different color ink for your next draft. That little change may well give you the inspiration to branch out in a new direction, or it may just kickstart you in the right direction for a new story.

You will be surprised what a change can bring your direction. Little changes or big changes are still changes and can prove very profitable.


Writing – a Form of Therapy? – Quote (19)

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“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic, and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” — Graham Greene

Sharing Part of Your Soul – Quote (18)

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“To write means more than putting pretty words on a page;
the act of writing is to share a part of your soul with the world.” — Anonymous

Ding! You’ve got a follower. Ding! Again?

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First, I want to say that this website has been very helpful. I appreciate the writing and blogging tips. I hope it is helpful to my readers as well.

PS – Thanks for all the DINGS! I look forward to many more.

100 Word Challenge

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100 Word Story is the motivational trigger behind this morning’s post.

It is an interesting website and really brings out a different part of the writer that is trapped in me. To think of an entire story is one thing, but to convey everything you want to say in just 100 words would nothing short of miraculous for me.

As a good friend of mine, J.L. Pattison, always likes to tell me, “Mark, you are the only person I know that can’t describe a rose in less than 1,500 words!”

Well, I welcome any takers to this challenge, including my friend, JL. 100 words or less. An entire story. Keep it clean. Be brief. Be concise. Be not wordy. Oh yes, be writing!