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,
Overwhelming, isn’t it?
You love blogging, but the amount of time it takes to do it efficiently is daunting.
Successful blogging does require a great deal of time.
Researching, writing, editing, publishing, promoting, and responding to commenters are all necessary blogging tasks.
However, you pay the price in order to accomplish them efficiently.
Time with your family, time for your job if blogging is a hobby,
Like being on automatic.
You just get into the car, start the motor, step on the accelerator–and the car starts moving.
You don’t stop the car every time you decide whether to go into second or third gear (at least, I hope you don’t!).
But when we write, the process can be labored and slow.
Writing is simple.
You just put words together with a fancy keyboard (or if you’re super cool a typewriter) and you’re good to go.
That’s the easy part, but being a writer? Now that’s different.
Anyone can put words together, but putting them together in the perfect order, selecting the right terms, organizing it effectively, and all those other responsibilities aren’t as easy.
Do we always have to create memorable characters?
It depends on the genre.
In an all-action thriller focused on pace and plot, everyone but the key players can be wafer-thin. They’re disposable.
The same is often true of detective fiction, even the quality sort. In John Dickson Carr’s famous ‘locked room’ mysteries, the only rounded character is the sleuth, Gideon Fell, and he’s larger than life.