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,
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,
What if you could write as easily as you drive a car?
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.
Today I’m going to help all my fellow writers both aspiring and experienced by giving you the keys you need to succeed.
You want to write.
But you’re not sure if that makes you a writer.
And you don’t just want to be any kind of writer; you want to become a good writer.
It’s an exciting goal, but what’s the pathway?
How to you get there?
We’ve collected 50 inspiring quotes from writers for you. These writers share their experience of how to become a good writer.
Have you been sitting in front of your computer for what feels like hours?
You know the feeling.
Typing a few words, deleting them, groaning in frustration, getting a couple of sentences down only to decide they’re not quite right…
You’re about ready to tear your hair out.
You recognize what’s happening, of course. Your inner perfectionist is rearing its obnoxious head, inciting an epic battle between you and the blank page.
So you want to become a better writer?
It’s a noble ambition.
Writing is a demanding craft and if you want to get better, you must practice every part of the craft.
If you’re writing fiction, for example, you’re probably more concerned with telling a great story than the copywriter who lies awake at night worrying about call-to-actions.
But, what if you want to improve your fiction writing skills,