Should I really be writing?

Ever wake up and wonder if you’re really a writer? Do you think it’s time to forget this crazy dream and just get on with your day job? Before you decide, ask yourself what your real passion is. Two Ways to Clarify Your Professional Passions – HBR

Creativity and pay

Here’s a reflection about creative work and getting paid by an Australian writer and mother. She raises the age-old questions about balancing work and motherhhood, and getting paid for writing. (So you know, HECS is an Australian student loan program and TAFE is a vocational training system.) While she offers no new solutions, sometimes knowingContinue reading “Creativity and pay”

Doubt less

Feeling like you’re just imagining you’re a writer? That you have no talent? And clearly lack a grip on reality? Bryan Hutcinson has felt all that. He found the inspiration to move beyond “Writer’s Doubt” from Joss Whedon. What Joss Whedon Can Teach You About Writing (The Avengers Writer) | Positive Writer

Go ahead, gossip

Gossip has a bad reputation. It may stem from kindergarten experiences with the “telephone game,” the one in which a message whispered around the room gets warped in passing. But gossip is a great tool for your characters to use. Imagine the potential for description without resorting to “as I checked my red hat inContinue reading “Go ahead, gossip”

Do it daily

Keeping at it — writing every day — is a challenge many face. Even the greats, John Steinbeck, for example, face it. For a glimpse into Steinbeck’s routine and the doubts he overcame, here is a synopsis of Working Days, his journal of The Grapes of Wrath. Then write. And repeat. Working Days: John Steinbeck,Continue reading “Do it daily”

Getting over it

Do you still believe any of these “myths” about writing? Try taking one and using it as a prompt. Then see if you still believe it. Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing

Building character

I like to find less common sources of character-building inspiration. This post from Writer Unboxed provides several. Read one, pick a trait and use it as a writing prompt when you feel stuck on a character. Writer Unboxed » The Science of Creating Authentic Characters