Is ‘Finding Your Voice’ as a Writer Just Plain Laughable?

Have you found your voice yet?I hope not!Because this whole idea of 'finding' your voice is pure, well ...cow splatter!Why?Because you and I never lost it in the first place!Our writing voice is innate.What do you think?Are we on the same page here?If so, you'll understand that I'm not going to give you '10 Exercises to Help You Find Your Voice.'YIKES! There'...

7 Ways To Keep Writing When You Feel Like Giving Up

Writing can be hard, hard work.While the idea in your head may be clear and vivid, trying to capture it can be a frustrating experience.At times, it may feel so difficult that you may start to doubt yourself.You may procrastinate.You may even abandon your writing project before it is finished.  Grit–The Key to Success? Research by Angela Duckworth from the University...

Facts of Fiction: Why Every Story Is An Escape Story

"Every story is an escape story." I hold this bold idea in mind as I write a story.I've printed it up and taped it to the wall beside my computer.It serves as a story overview that acknowledges a fact of our human condition: We are all escaping something.  This radical notion hijacked my brain after a decade of professionally assessing and writing film scripts.I found mys...

How to Write For Money AND Love

Do you struggle between writing for passion or profit?At some point, every writer realizes that it's not enough just to write for money, or simply to write for love.To sustain a fruitful long-term relationship with writing, you need to dance between the two, which can be sometimes difficult, often exhausting.We become writers because we love to write.We want to share our opinion...

What are YOU writing?

What are you working on right now?A novel? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script?Maybe you've just finished something you're really proud of? Or you just can't tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash?Here's your chance to share and discuss with each other what you are writing about.Whet our appetite with the opening paragraph of your future bestsel...

How to Create the Habit of Writing

"Habits are first cobwebs, then cables." - Spanish proverb Note from the Editor-in-Chief This is a beautiful post by Leo Babauta. It was one of the first posts he wrote for WritetoDone. We've republished it because it carries an important message for all writers. This, friends, is the linchpin: if you can create the habit of writing, you've got a wonderful foundation as a writer.If yo...

Overcome Procrastination With These Easy Strategies

If you're a writer, you're probably familiar with procrastination.It descends like a haze.It takes you over before you know it.And there you are, checking email for the millionth time rather than focusing on the task at hand.Judging yourself or wishing it wouldn't happen are unlikely to help you. But turning to take a look at procrastination, to understand what it is and how i...

10 Quotes to Kickstart Your Inspiration for Writing

In Leo Babauta's article, 31 Ways to Find Inspiration For Your Writing, he says: Great quotes help inspire me. I like to go to various quote sites to find ideas to spark my writing, turns of phrase that show what can be done with the language, motivation for self-improvement. I've collected ten quotes to give you inspiration for writing. Here's how to use them:Get a notebook or piece of ...

How To Maintain Focus When Writing

Can you maintain your focus when writing? If so, you're a wonder! Most people struggle to maintain focus. They feel scattered and find it difficult to stay on track. I recently got an email from one of our readers, Barrett Caton. He said: I tend to over-think things when I write. Sometimes it just feels like a part of my mind is scattered all over the place, and it's affecting my writing. ...

How to Write a Book or Blog (The 6 Danger Stages You Need To Overcome)

You've probably had the experience of starting a novel or blog with great intentions... ...only to find that, a few months later, you've barely made any progress.Maybe you started strong but lost momentum.Maybe you jumped ahead when you should've paused. Or maybe you got discouraged and gave up.And you wonder: how to write a book (or blog).I've coached many writers in workshop gr...