The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. —Ralph Waldo Emerson In writing, it takes just one idea, one kernel of truth or experience, to create a body of work. Find that one thing, plant and nurture it. Let your forest grow. Photo by Randi Hausken is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.
There is a period of life when we go backwards as we advance. — Jean Jacques Rousseau And so it is with writing. Sometimes we have to step back, take a deep breath, think a bit. It’s our way of gaining the strength and perspective we need to move our work forward. Photo by Daria / epicantus is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.
A year from now you may wish you had started today. —Karen Lamb How many more weeks, months, or years will you put off that writing project? And why the delay? Tomorrow doesn’t have anything that today doesn’t offer. Photo by Joe Lanman is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.
The force is within you — force yourself. —Harrison Ford Sometimes you have to force yourself to write, but that doesn’t mean the writing itself will be forced. On the contrary: Like a bird in a cage, your writing simply needs you to open the door. Photo by Chris Hunkeler is licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.
Join me each month as I share a myth from my book The 9 Biggest Writing Myths (and how to move beyond them). This month we’ll explore the myth about getting the buy-in from those you know and love. At last we are ready to write! We have the right idea, the talent, even the courage. We’ve carved out pieces of time from our busy schedules, sharpened our pencils, and are rearing to go. Only one thing is missing: […]
Join me each month as I share a myth from my book The 9 Biggest Writing Myths (and how to move beyond them). This month we’ll explore the myth about being immune to rejection. Published writers have a certain something that sets them apart (or so we’d like to believe). We’re not talking talent here but courage. They are brave souls who know what they want and go after it. Rejection letters bounce right off of their bullet-proof […]
Join me each month as I share a myth from my book The 9 Biggest Writing Myths (and how to move beyond them). This month we’ll explore the myth about the mass production of words. If you think writing is about getting words on a page, think again. Writing only partly involves taking a pen in your hand or making your fingers dance across a keyboard. There’s a whole lot more to the process. Unfortunately, many writers measure […]
Join me each month as I share a myth from my book The 9 Biggest Writing Myths (and how to move beyond them). This month we’ll explore the myth about needing lots of time to write. When we think of writers, real writers, we imagine them holed up in their rooms for long stretches of time, telephones off and do-not-disturb signs on the door. Uninterrupted, their creative juices flow in a continuous stream, until hours later, feeling mentally […]
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty hearts and empty heads can do that. —Norman Vincent Peale Money is not a prerequisite for writing. Each and every moment you put toward your work compounds like interest in a bank, growing your investment, your craft, your sense of self as a writer.
What’s the best place to begin your project? At the only place you can begin—the beginning. Wherever the heck that may be. Beginnings vary from writer to writer. Some writers jump in by writing the pivotal scene of their novels and then working backwards. Others dash off to the library to gather reams of notes and quotes. Still others hole up in coffee shops to sketch by hand and heart the grand sweep of their literary vision. Ultimately, one beginning is […]