How to recover confidence…

Have you ever read something so good, so skillfully subtle and thoughtful and emotional and striking and shocking and beautiful, something that pulled at your mind and heart so softly and strongly that you wonder how it can possibly exist? That makes you wonder if it even does exist in this same, perfect way for …

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Grab your inspiration by the throat and CHOKE IT

Writing is hard. I keep waiting to feel that thrill of a new idea, but while I'm waiting for that elusive, magical power... I'm not writing. Not writing is bad. So, I got to stop waiting and start typing, even if it's uninspired crap. It's better than laying around waiting to be moved by a …

What is next?

I'm waiting for the next thing to grab me... probably not good. I should reach out and do some grabbing myself. I find it hard to be energetic about something that doesn't take hold of me, though. There must be some way to manufacture that feeling... Or maybe prolific writers are just as numb and …

What inspires you to write?

A certain feeling, or idea? A shade, or color? A memory, or a dream? Grab every little thing that sparks your imagination, and use it. The bobbing head of a black bird, the way a leaf twists in the chill wind, the boiling shape of a cloud. The twirl of your gut while falling from …

Interesting things

True discipline is remembering and recovering--inventing if necessary--what interests you. If it doesn't interest you how could it possibly interest anyone else? ~ Verlyn Klinkenborg Writing is so much more engaging when it's about something the writer is interested in. Notice I said the writer, not the reader. If the writer is interested in what they are writing …

Create without conditions

Imagine a cellist playing one of Bach's solo suites. Does he consider his audience? (Did Bach, for that matter?) Does he play the suite differently to audiences of different incomes and educations and social backgrounds? No, the work selects its audience. -- Verlyn Klinkenborg One could argue the above quote by noting that pop bands …

Every writer

"Every writer I know has trouble writing." - Joseph Heller I love seeing quotes like these. Writers tend to be a solitary species, in my experience, so I think can sometimes talk themselves into believing they are terrible, just because they are having a hard time. Well, every writer has a hard time, even the best …