All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories. ~Neil Gaiman
Scary, isn’t it?
Behind which all your great words are waiting. Waiting to be released, to fly away, to change the world.
Scary because that wall appeared from nowhere.
One minute you were on such a flow. Ideas flew out of your head faster than your fingers could turn them into words.
Hemingway’s famous advice was to “write drunk, edit sober”.
Although there is a lot of debate as to whether Hemingway actually said this, it does raise an interesting question: does alcohol help with the writing process?
It is no secret that some of the greatest authors were heavy drinkers, including David Foster Wallace, Edgar Allan Poe, Truman Capote, and of course Ernest Hemingway.
Hemingway enjoyed a cocktail or two so often that another writer,
Writing a book isn’t easy.
It takes weeks, probably months, of consistent work.
It will challenge you.
Yet … a book can change everything.
Perhaps your book will add an extra income stream to your freelancing business, bringing in royalties so that you’re no longer purely tied to by-the-hour work.
Perhaps your book will be an important signifier of your expertise in your field, impressing current clients …
Congratulations, you just might be a writer.
From a spectator’s point of view, writing seems easy. All you have to do is sit down and let the words flow out of your minds and onto the page.
The reality is rather different, and you are certainly familiar with what we are talking about.
Staring at a blank page for hours,
It’s time for a creative writing exercise! Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to boost your creativity.
Take a look at the image above.
What’s the story?
Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words?
Here’s how it works:
Now for the ground rules:
In the space of just over two years, an Charles Rosenbert went from zero to bestselling author.
How did he do it?
Here’s what happened…
A couple of years ago, I downloaded a free Kindle book by Charles Rosenberg. It was called Death on a High Floor. Honestly, I didn’t expect much.
But I was so excited by the style of writing that I hunted down Charles on Facebook and sent him this message:
“Loved the book!
Do you feel down at times?
I think it can happen to all of us.
When we feel down, life is a struggle. Even simple things can feel overwhelming.
And creativity? Forget it.
But as writers, we have a secret weapon to make us feel happier and more positive. Read on to find out how to use it.
The secret weapon of expressive writing
When Shalhavit Cohen first studied with Professor Tal Ben-Shahar at Harvard,
Last week, we took the plunge into a comprehensive content-marketing strategy for authors.
If you’re new to the world of content marketing … “plunge” is definitely the right word: five steps, over forty-two-hundred words, twenty-three separate visuals, and no less than thirty-seven links for further reading.
Helpful? I sure hope so.
But don’t despair. Today’s post is all about putting that plan into action.
Let’s start with the bad news: the vast majority of online content never gets noticed. Period, end of story, thanks for playing… goodbye and goodnight.
Of course, if you’ve spent any time in the overcrowded world of online writing, you’re already acquainted with the pain of obscurity.
Few experiences are more disheartening than laboring over a masterpiece – outlining, crafting, writing, editing, rewriting and rewriting and rewriting – only to hit publish and be greeted by the universal sound of digital crickets.
Sometimes I get stuck.
I stare at the blank page and the blank page stares back at me.
Know what I mean?
To find out how successful writers like Leo Babauta, Nina Amir, and Barrie Davenport unblock their creativity and become insanely productive, read on.
I’m delighted to welcome Leo Babauta back to WritetoDone! As you know, he is the original creator of this blog.
How to Boost Your Creativity Like Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net
There are so many great benefits to mindfully exercising,