NaBloPoMo was my inspiration for all of November. This is a challenge to write, everyday, no matter what, It is a commitment. Interestingly, when I looked up sage advice from famous authors, their advice boiled down to the very same thing. Write, just sit down and start writing. Period. So now I present humourous yet pithy quotes from famous authors on the art of writing but first, a summary of famous author's advice.
If you want to be a writer you obviously must write.
Don't talk about writing,
dream about writing
or read about writing,
just sit down and start writing
anything and everything,
even if it is a stream of consciousness,
even if it is drivel,
it doesn't matter at first;
just get in the habit of writing,
editing ca…Read more >
A writing prompt asked me to write about how you choose to write about others in your blog. (Friends, family, etc)
Seriously, does every other writer logically plan out their articles, essays, short stories and books with their left brain? I simply cannot function like that. When an episode or opinion has popped into my brain, I did not consciously choose to write about that topic or person. It was an eureka moment, that surprised me. I wonder,
"Where did that thought or memory come from? I haven't thought about him for years!"
Suddenly a story springs to mind. I have assimilated emotions, reflections, connected quotes and philosophy and integrated it all with my faith. Initially my right brain takes over, creativity flows like a river of w…
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How do you approach your writing process? Are you an inveterate outliner, or do you let your ideas flow and follow them where they take you? Would you consider using more process than you currently do or less? What do you make of the idea of starting by writing your endings and then working to them from the beginning?
About 18 months ago,
when I closeted myself in a room to sit down and write,
I considered writing to be a solitary craft
but looking at a blank screen
or talking into thin air
was a sterile exercise in futility for me.
I could not translate
the same creative energy
that I experienced telling a story verbally,
to the keyboard.
My imagination lay dormant.
My logical intellect wrote boring drivel.
I heard the word blog.
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When I remember that I am a writer, a born writer, not someone pretending to be a writer by wearing a mask, then work becomes play. God gave me a love of books and an artistic gift of writing and drawing. When I simply relax and enjoy life as a child of God, then I can allow Him to work through my fingers and my imagination. Now we create together. It is a joyful experience.
MY FAMILY’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH BOOKS IS A GENERATIONAL BLESSING. My maternal grandfather, uncles and my mother love to read. I in turn love books.In fact, I have always loved books, reading voraciously as a child. I remember walking slowly home from the library with a tall stack of exciting choices, reading my first choice even before I managed to walk through the front d…Read more >