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
These seven tips, not new, are worth a review.
Jennifer Blanchard | The Professional Writer Puzzle: 7 Pieces You Need To Be Successful
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 knowing others struggle with the same challenges — including fatherhood — helps.
The literary mother load | Overland literary journal
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
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 in the mirror, I saw… .” And, as this article points out, not all gossip is bad.
Five Hidden Benefits Of Gossip
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, the Art of Discipline, and the Diary as a Pacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work | Brain Pickings
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
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
I remember having a moment of angst about academic writing years ago. My thesis advisor said, “Write like you talk.” Here’s more of the same advice.
Conversational Writing: 10 Tips by Leo Babauta
Here’s a great little list of ideas and examples for improving your writing. While it’s aimed at short story writers, this Seton Hill University professor’s suggestions can apply to any kind of writing.
Short story tips: 10 ways to improve your creative writing