Archive | May, 2011

Writer’s Block: It’s All In Your Head

25 May

Wednesday, guys! The hardest day of the week!

I wanted to talk about writer’s block today. I’ve heard several writers say that this ailment does not exist, and I whole-heartedly agree… even when I’m suffering from it.

And boy, do I have it bad.

In order to find a cure for Writer’s block, one must play House. And when I say play House, I mean the grumpy old doctor–not the kind involving a fake baby and your mom’s apron. So, what does House do? The best and worst of us have fallen in the trap that is that show, at least for a few episodes. House usually finds the cure in a variety of ways: from symptom checking to outrageous tests to breaking and entering, and the cause almost always hits him in a scene that has almost nothing to do with anything pertaining to the patient. In order to beat Writer’s block, we need to do some of these same things. I’ve broken them down for you in this blog.

The Symptoms.

  • Boredom
Boredom. Boredom happens when you’re no longer entertained by what you write. If you’re bored of what you’re writing, one of two things must have have happened:
Either you’re writing about something that is really boring, or
you’ve talked about your idea so much, it’s no longer fun to write.
 Writing something you have no interest in means you’re reader will probably not be interested in it, either. When you write and you’re excited about writing, the reader can feel it. it’s the same thing as smiling while on the phone: The person you’re speaking with can hear that smile.
If it’s the latter, there may be an easier fix. SHUT. UP. I mentioned in a previous blog that talking about our work can be disasterous. It’s the cheap and easy way of telling a story and boring our friends, all for the quick fix of being told we have great ideas.
  • Frustration
It’s easy to get frustrated with a scene’s progress, or lack thereof. Currently, I’m caught in a scene I haven’t had a lot of time to think about… and I’ve written myself in a corner. What to do?
Imagine writing as a maze, as Discovery Writing often can be. Maybe you were winging it, or maybe your character got too big for his britches. Maybe you don’t like where the scene is going.
  • Lack of Ideas
This goes with frustration a bit. You don’t know how to end. You don’t know how to proceed. You don’t know how to start.
  • Anxiety
Are you anxious about your book? the cursor’s constant blink, the stark whiteness of the digital page, the emptiness of your document taunting you–all a reminder, all an accusation: you can’t write.
Or, maybe it has nothing to do with your book. Maybe it’s the stress of your life outside of writing: a deadline at work, or a fight with a friend, or your failing grades. It consumes you, killing your creativity and devouring your will to do anything other than fix the problem you’re presented with.
  • A Drop in Confidence
Along with anxiety, a drop in confidence can deter your urge to write. Why do anything you suck at, anyway?
Tests and Trials; Breaking and Entering
  • Something’s Missing.
Sometimes you get so caught up in the dish as a whole, you forget an ingredient. Or maybe you followed the directions to a T, yet still feel like something is off about the taste or texture.
Writing is the same way. You’ve written a scene and you’re bored with it? Add a new element– a character, an item, a purpose. You’re character is kind of meh? Give him a quirk, put her in danger, change up his past, give her aspirations for the future. Characters are boring if we a) cannot relate to them or b) relate to them too much. By adding faults, dreams, bad habits, odd hobbies, and fears, we can make a character into something unique and worth following.
  • A New Perspective.
Maybe a scene isn’t working because you’re in the brain of the wrong character. When writing first person, you won’t be able to really get away from that… and if that’s the case, you need to rethink your options. But if you’re writing in 3rd person, you might be able to jump to a new character and play it out through them.
  • Where Things Went Wrong.
The biggest challenge of all is the rewrite. If writing is a maze, you’re bound to reach some dead ends once in awhile. The only way to get through this is by going back and finding a new direction.
This requires figuring out where things went wrong. At what point did the story become difficult? a scene ago? A chapter? An arc? Once you figure it out, you’ll probably want to rewrite it. You don’t NEED to rewrite it–like I said, you can add a new element, or introduce a new perspective–but if all else fails, a rewrite is necessary.
The Lightbulb
Sometimes, our creative lightbulb burns out. Sometimes, it’s time to replace it.
House often gets his lightbulb at the end of an episode–but while his acts as a diagnosis, ours can work as a cure. House gets his lightbulb moments by removing himself from the situation in most cases, sot hat is what you are going to do. Right now. If none of the trials and tests worked, if breaking into your story didn’t clue you in to what needs to be done, then you have to wait for a lightbulb.
  • Watch a Film
Watching a movie might help inspire us enough to push onward. The little things might inspire even bigger things for you. Maybe young Obi’s beard from the Star Wars prequels gets you thinking about growing your own beard. Maybe that reminds you of the time your dad grew a beard and it looked awful. Maybe THAT reminds you of how your father loves ordering extra pepperoni with his pizza. Does your character like pepperoni? Have they been to a pizza place? Maybe your character worked in a pizza place. No? Maybe he was dumped in a pizza place. Maybe he hates pizza as a result. Maybe his hatred for pizza comes up in a conversation. Maybe the girl he likes LOVES pizza. Maybe this causes conflict.
It can be less extreme than that–Captain Jack is a wobbly drunk pirate who seems to think only of himself most of the time, which may be exactly what you needed for an element in your story: A dog who acts weird, and seems pretty into himself, yet follows your character home. Who knows?
  • Read a Book
Reading can be a bit dangerous when you’re stuck, because you find all sorts of things the writer did that will make you wanna do them, too. But reading can help tap into your creative brain: maybe a line inspires imagery that you feel will work for your scene, such as, “her blood was dark, sprayed and spattered on the sparse whiteness of her bathroom; it mingled with the spilled bleach, it stained the hand towels, it ran through the crevices of the tiled floor.”
  • Laze About in front of the Television
I will not deny it: I have a character that was inspired by Jim Halpert. He makes the same facial expressions. He can be a bit of a jerk. When he makes a mistake, he doesn’t know what to do to get out of it, because he’s not used to not being in control of a situation.
OK, so, he isn’t JUST like Jim. He doesn’t play pranks of people. He keeps to himself most of the time. Pam Beesly is NOT his type. But I was missing certain elements of him when I created him, and I couldn’t figure out what it was. He was… irritated most of the time; he was high strung and tiring and frustrated. By introducing some Halpert qualities, I managed to bring him out of his angry teenager ways and calm him down. Make him likeable.
  • Play a Story-Driven Game
I played a game once called Time Hollow. It’s available on the DS. I loved that game–I love everything time travel, really, so I naturally loved Time Hollow. The game was simple enough, but it introduced a few interesting paradoxes, the smallest of which inspired my main character’s very existence in his world.
Diving in to other stories often helps us with our own. We get lightbulbs from them, no matter how unrelated. A whole alien race was born in my brain because I saw a girl with two pieces of hair dangling on either side of her head, clipped at the ends with round barrettes. Another came from watching too many Kpop music videos.
The guys behind Writing Excuses did a great podcast on pulling ideas from headlines in a newspaper. I’d check them out–I tried it out and came up with some pretty great arcs for my story–even stories I have yet to write!
All in all, Writer’s Block does exist… but it isn’t an excuse not to write. Don’t sit around and wait for the resolution to come–do something about it. A lightbulb can only come if you’re actively working on your novel: Thinking about it, reading it, editing it, writing it. Don’t stop writing because something is in your way. Find a way around it.I know I have to!

Useful Links – Phil Athans

24 May

I wanted to share a useful article on the Publishing Biz with you guys. It involves the state of the Publishing Industry, and what it means for us writers. You can read it here.

Personal Life versus the Writing Life

23 May

It’s Friday night. You clock out of work at six, climb into your car, and… where do you go? Do you hit the club? Do you gather your friends and watch the latest sequel to a cheesy franchise? Do you meet your significant other at a restaurant?

Or are you writing?

If you’re like me, you’re most likely going home and plopping your butt in front of your computer screen. Maybe you really want to write–and that’s fantastic!–but maybe the thought of going out and having fun instead of sitting at home to work makes you feel a little guilty.

When you work an 9 to 6 job, you don’t have a lot of time leftover for other things. An hour is spent on commute, if you’re lucky. You have chores you need to complete when you reach home, a dinner to cook, DVR’d episodes to watch. You have a hard enough time squeezing in some time to write… so how do you squeeze in time for your friends?

When it comes down to it, you won’t be able to maintain the social butterfly lifestyle if you’re pursuing a writing career. This can cause some rifts between you and friends, and may spark drama within your family circle. If you’re worried about not being there enough for family and friends, the best thing you can do is take them aside and speak to them about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Explain that writing is your dream and you need time to achieve that dream, and that you’re sorry you can’t always be readily available.

I wouldn’t suggest becoming a hermit, however. I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that you want to maintain a balance between fun and writing–otherwise your work can grow boring, or even worse: you may come to resent it. It’s important to go out and have fun, to marathon shows, to see movies with friends, to eat at fancy restaurants and go drinking at shady bars. Why? It recharges your creative batteries! You find inspiration for characters. Maybe you order a lobster and realize your lead character probably doesn’t like the stuff. Maybe the new adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow tickle your muse enough to give you fresh ideas.

I wish I could offer better advice on balancing your two lives, but all I can say is this: Follow your heart. Do what you must to keep your ties to the people in your life, but do what you must to achieve your dreams.

Personal Update: 24K Words and the Edits Trap

22 May

Evening, all!

I wanted to share my current word-count with everyone: I’ve reached 24,300 words today! I managed double my daily goal for Saturday. My weekly goal has yet to be achieved, but I still have Sunday to reach it.

When I completed act I, I realized I had no plan for the first scene of act II. That happens with discovery writing, at least in my experience, but I didn’t put off brainstorming. Since starting draft 1.5, I thought long and hard about my characters’ first adventure. Much like the intro the novel itself, this first adventure needs to grab my future readers. The book has time travel involved, and I couldn’t think of a place for the kids to go–the future? The past? A new planet, or Earth? The Whens and Wheres eluded me, though I managed a pile of other ideas–future ideas–but not ideas for their current quest.

To escape the frustrations of act II’s intro, I decided to commence editing. I’ve mentioned before that I’m an obsessive editor: unfortunately, this is another trait common to discovery writers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked at my first chapter–I’ve rewritten it, added to it, simplified it, and added to it. I’ve already decided that chapters two through four are in some serious need of rewriting, but I’ve edited those chapters quite a few times already, too.

I spent most of this last week editing, but I don’t ever count edits towards my word-count goal, nor rewrites. Why? My word-count goal is solely geared towards manuscript completion, not manuscript edits. In part, this is to keep me from editing too dang much.

I discovered that my constant edits were frustrating me more than my failed brainstorming when I listened to a podcast by Writing Excuses. (I recommend listening to these guys, by the way… they are fantastic.) One of them mentioned that the problem with discovery writers is we either write the book and don’t want to edit it, or we write the first quarter of the book and fall into a constant loop of rewriting and editing. I’ve done both–there was a book I wrote in high school that has yet to run red with edits, and probably never will, and then I have Project Infinite–doomed to edits before it even reaches completion.

What I decided, in a burst of pent up fury, was to dump the massive editing. I’m trying out a new thing: I write the chapter, read the chapter and make some edits/rewrites, then move on. I’m not allowed to touch it again–unless I find the need to throw in some foreshadowing or tweak the timeline–not until I’m done with the dang book. So far, so good: I’ve managed 2.5k words in two days, and chapter six is nearly finished.

Oh, that’s right. I finally decided on the first adventure! There is a chance it will be scrapped when the manuscript is finished but that will only happen if something better comes along.

Next week, I’ll be discussing Personal Life versus Writing Life, Plotted Course versus Winging It, Converting Everyday Adventures to Story-Worthy Quests, and a variety of other things I might see fit to bring up. Thanks for reading!

Personal Update: Act II

18 May

Morning, all!

How many of us work in the three-act format? While I don’t stick closely to it, I like to measure my writing milestones in ‘acts.’ In the case of Project Infinite, I have my milestones split in three acts, which is the common number found in many novels today. The first act introduces my characters, and ends at their departure from the world they know.

Unfortunately, I’m an obsessive self-editor. I find myself in a constant loop when it comes to writing: I write the chapter, I edit the chapter, I rewrite the chapter, I edit the chapter. Sometimes I move on to the next chapter, and the cycle continues. Sometimes I manage a few chapters before the itch to edit needs scratching. I’m sure its a habit which has resulted out of nervousness. I’m sure that, eventually, I’ll gain the experience I need to save the scratching till the end. Until then, my impulse to edit has planted several speed-bumps on the road of writing.

Now, however, I am thrilled to announce that I’ve finished my first act. Precisely sixty-five pages and due for a bit of pruning, these soft characters of mine are on their way to the fire. They’ll be shaped, chipped, chiseled, sculpted, cracked, and repaired on their journey.

I’m two-parts discovery writer, one part outliner; while I have a variety of ideas as to where act II would go, I still don’t know where it should begin. The first location my little heroes will find themselves will drench my story in its strongest flavor, so I’m overly cautious with picking their launching point. In the meantime, I’m editing again. I’ll do a bit of pruning, and I plan to reshape a chapter or two.

It is important to celebrate your milestones. What do you do when you accomplish a goal?

>The Creative Bubble

15 May

>Alright, one more blog for the weekend… then I need to focus a bit on Project Infinite.

Lovely afternoon, isn’t it? Today, we’ll be discussing the Creative Bubble.
In several how-to books, we’re instructed to set up place where we can write, undisturbed. It’s kind of like making an art studio, only our brush is the keyboard, and our strokes are actually words. How does the creative bubble work, though?
By setting aside a space for ourselves, we theoretically can channel our muses easier than if we were faced with the distractions of roommates or children or, Heaven forbid, the television. We decorate this corner of creative genius with post-it notes scribbled with positive messages, portraits of our favorite authors carefully clipped from the backs of our paperback novels, and we may or may not play inspirational music softly in the background. This is our bubble; this is our little spot on the planet where we can dip our hungry, bucket-shaped souls into a well supposedly brimming with genius.
This works for many. Maybe life is too full of distraction and you need that tiny plot of Fantasy-land to properly summon your imagination. In that sense, having a place to escape within can seem beneficial.

So… why does it sound like I disapprove of the Creative Bubble when writing?
To be honest, I always had trouble with the Creative Bubble. I won’t go into the gritty details of my childhood, but I will say that where I grew up, it was impossible to have your own little place to be yourself. I had to learn to write where I could and when I could, but I craved having my own little bubble to hide away in. Naturally, when I went off to college, I made one.
I found myself spending my free time building up this little space where I could write freely and without distraction. I decorated my desk with all sorts of thoughtful knick-knacks, as if these things were talismans I could combine and derive magical writer powers from. I wrote famous quotes on post-its and stuck them to my desk. I dutifully arranged my how-to books in specific orders, from worst to best, from best to worst, from big to little, from thin to thick. All my time and energy would be poured on making the perfect little place to escape. But, always, my desk chair would take the place of my laundry basket. Then I wouldn’t want to write at all… obviously, by the time I finished fixing up my space again, I’d be uninterested in writing.
Creative Bubbles are more like creative vacuums, sucking out all the bits of genius debris we have. We hope the genius debris will combine to form a giant lint ball of amazingness, but all that happens is it gets tossed in the garbage after awhile. My experience with Creative Bubbles didn’t result in novels with beginnings, middles, and ends. I felt safe there, peaceful there, but I rarely got anything done.

Granted, that could just be my experience. But let me tell you another thing that harms us when we rely on Creative Bubbles. Human beings are creatures of habit and routine. We like to take the same route to work because we can rely on it. We prefer eating dinner at roughly around the same time we usually eat our dinners. Our bodies are programmed to wake at a certain hour, whether we like it or not, and to fall asleep at a certain hour.
When you rely on a creative space to do your writing, you’re programming yourself to only work in that space. If you’re at work and inspiration for a the next chapter strikes you, do you write it out in an email and send it to yourself? Or do you decide to wait until you can get home and hit that bubble of yours? What if you forget it by then? What if the drive to write it is gone by the time you get home?
It took me a few years to ditch the idea of a Creative Bubble and return to my old ways of writing when and where I could. I didn’t think it was something a lot of people suffered from, until I attended a small panel by writer Phil Athans. He brought up the process of carving out your space to write and how detrimental it was to our writing process. By learning to write whenever and wherever we can, we can better conquer our distractions as well as learning to tap into our wordflow easier.
My recommendation to any writers aspiring to be published, or any people aspiring to write, is to invest in something portable on which to do your writing. Rowling used all manner of things to get her writing done, from notepads to napkins. We have it a bit easier than that… we can invest in a netbook, for example. Those fit easily in our bags, have an amazing battery life, and suck at everything except word processing. I had a netbook for awhile, until it fell into disrepair after I accidentally wrecked the charging port. I plan on getting myself another one, however, for the sole purpose of being able to write anywhere and everywhere I want to go.
Another fantastic resource, though a little limiting, is dropbox. Dropbox is a free-to-use, cloud-based, file hosting service. By setting up a folder on your computer that you can share with dropbox, any computer with your dropbox account can access your works-in-progress. Don’t want to/can’t install Dropbox on your work computer? No problem. You can go to the website itself and download the most up to date version of your story, and upload it when you’re done.
I’m not saying write when you should be working, but you can always fit in a couple hundred words during your lunch break. I find I get most of my writing done during my lunch hour.
The point is, if you feel you must have a creative space in which to fulfill your destiny of being the next Dean Koontz, than by all means, make yourself that Creative Bubble. But do yourself a favor and invest in a netbook, and link your netbook with your desktop using a file sharing service like dropbox. Teach yourself to write outside of your refuge and you’ll find that your progress will soar.

Disagree with me? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Until then, get some writing done today.

>Bad Apples of Writing: Part Two

15 May

>Good morning! As good as mornings can be, anyway. The Sunday mornings tend to be the time of aches and pains from all the stuff we did Saturday Night. But all I did last night was watch Doctor Who and write a blog… so where the backache is coming from, I haven’t the faintest idea.
Anyway, back on topic. If you guys haven’t read my stuff on the first two Bad Apples, you can go ahead and do a bit of scrolling down till you see those blocks of text. If you have read it, however…

Welcome back!
Yesterday I shared two of the handful of Bad Apples in writing: Chatterbox and The Ring of Procrastination. Today, we’re going to jump right in to the next one.

  • Judge Doody-Pants

I read about the Judge in a fantastic book that I recommend to everyone, called The Writer’s Idea Book. I own several writing books, but this one has always been a favorite of mine. Similar to these blogs I’m writing now, Jack Heffron has shared his own list of writing demons in his book. The Judge is one such character.
You get home from work. You fire up your computer, make yourself a cup of hot cocoa, turn on your special writing playlist of songs, and hang a sign on your door–DO NOT DISTURB. GENIUS IN PROGRESS.
But as you sit down, an image pops into your mind. The kitchen sink is full of dishes. The cat is sitting outside your door, meowing for the attention he didn’t receive while you were gone nine hours at your job. Didn’t you tell your mom you’d give her a call when you got home?
The guilt you feel for all these things grows into it’s own being–the Judge. She is almost always that middle-aged woman with lips tightly pressed together and eyebrows raised in a sort of ‘I expected as much’ expression. Judge Doody-Pants isn’t her only name, but that’s what I like to call her.
This is a toughie. Judge Doody-Pants has a lot of good points to her argument! Of course you need to find a balance with your time… how can you possibly write when there are better things you should be doing with your time?

Alternatives to Doody-Pants
In a former blog post, I talked about our obligations vs. our writing. In this blog, I’m going to say that you should strike up a bargain with yourself and the people around you. Explain how important this project is to you. Explain it to yourself, not just others. Yes, you should deal with your life’s duties. Pay those bills, work that job, do those dishes. But always carve out an hour or so of time for you.
The judge won’t ever go away, but you can convince her that this is an hour of time you deserve.

  • Excuses, Excuses!

Have you met the little brother of procrastination?
Better question: Have you ever had that friend that refused to just take the blame for something?
The Whiner is our next Bad Apple. He’s a bit of a baby, really. You ask him how the writing went and he’ll say, “Well, I didn’t get to it, but I had to take the dog for a walk.” You ask him why he doesn’t start now and he’ll say, “Oh, I will start, but I’ve got this thing I need to do first.” You ask him later on and he says, “I couldn’t get any writing done because the kids were loud!” or “The muses wouldn’t come so I didn’t even bother!”
Excuses, excuses.
We talked about things actually coming up when we went over procrastination. I understand that, yes, things do come up. But not every problem should stop you from writing! Once you realize that the only thing you’ve spent your creative time on all week is a big, steaming pile of excuses, you have no one left to blame but yourself.
We are all victims of wrecked plans and interruption and writer’s block, but we shouldn’t let these things rule our lives. Yesterday, I didn’t do any writing because Doctor Who was on and I needed to (finally) clean my room. I’m telling you that it’s impossible for me to write the day Doctor Who is on–I spend my energy anticipating the plot twists before the episode, then the episode itself requires all my attention. Following that is a deep despair as The Haters come down on me hard. (The Haterz will be our next Bad Apple.) Honestly, these are all excuses… maddening, stupid excuses made of stupidsauce. I could have done some writing if I opened the word doc. It didn’t take me all day to clean my room! Doctor Who only takes an hour from my day! Most importantly, Haters gon’ Hate!

Alternatives to Excuses
Aside from actually manning up and doing a bit of writing, maybe you can convince Judge Doody-Pants to judge you whenever you aren’t writing. Otherwise… this is about your character. I believe you can beat the excuses, though. Just try!

  • Haters Gon’ Hate

You all know the internet meme, right? Let me define a Hater for those of you who are not with the times.
Haters are the people who like to criticize and insult things we do or say or believe in. There are a ton of haters on the web. Oh, Lady Gaga has a new music video up? IT SUCKS. Look what I found: a blog about writing! WHAT A PIECE OF JUNK. Okay, so, those aren’t good enough insults. I don’t feel the sting. I don’t think Gaga feels the sting. But when it comes down to it, the worst hater of all is the hater within.
She knows everything about you, so knows exactly how to make her words bruise. Sometimes it isn’t just one voice, either–sometimes it’s several. The voices of your future readers somehow found a telepathic link to your brain and are sending cruel criticisms back in time. Friends and family haven’t even read your book, yet you feel their disappointment seeping out of their pores as you walk by them.
I have a great example of a Hater plaguing me as I type.
Several times I’ve hinted what a gigantic nerd I am for Doctor Who. There are a few things I’ve always had a fascination with since I was a boogery child, and time travel was definitely one of them. Conquering Space and Time blows my mind. Bill and Ted, Back to the Future, Doctor Who, games like Time Hollow; they all had time travel so they all have my attention. So when Quincy, a weird kid who desperately wanted be anything but weird, started lazing about my brain, I knew just what sort of story I wanted to stick him in.
But this is where things get complicated. I first came up with the idea of Project Infinite a couple years ago, shortly after stumbling upon season 2 of Doctor Who and a few months after I played through Time Hollow for the first time. I built up a pretty okay plot for the story, but as I proceeded to watch my favorite show of all time, I found too many similarities and tossed that plot. The plot I have now is way better. I wrote up a rough outline and let the story stew for awhile as I looked for work in my field.
Then I watched season five of Doctor Who. Immediately I picked up on the similarities between the events in my story and the events that were unfolding during Season 5. Devastated, I considered my options, did a bit of plot reworking, and had to settle on the changes I made–changes that I worry are not enough.
I love the show too much to simply stop watching it, yet every time I watch an episode of Doctor 11’s run, I feel something gnawing at the bones of my rib cage. And I hear the haters. They let me know that they think I’m unoriginal. That people will think I don’t have my own ideas. That I probably wasted my time doing all that research and I’ll have to scrap this book.
So how do you get rid of them?

Alternatives to Haters
It’s simple. Don’t feed the trolls. When a hater pops in to your head, ignore him. When several pop into your head, calmly explain to them that they shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Your story isn’t on paper yet. This is still the first draft. Promise them that they can tear your manuscript to shreds the moment you finish the novel. Let them know that they’re judging the cookie before it’s baked.
Haters are the most obvious Bad Apples of the bunch, but they are also the most difficult to defeat. They tell you your idea stinks and you don’t know how to write. They tell you that your ideas have already been thought by greater minds. But you’re not done yet. So tell them to wait awhile, and they might quiet down.

  • The Muses

The last Bad Apple I want to name is The Muse. Muses–our inspirations–flutter around us glittering with ideas and promise. They give us the energy to write, the strength to finish, and the patience to see where our stories go. So… how can they be Bad Apples?
It isn’t that they’re bad influences… it’s that we’re waiting for them. We sit at our computers, the word doc open, and wait. We can’t write if we don’t feel it coursing through our blood. We can’t write if the muse isn’t singing her siren call, making us ache and burn with the desire to spill our creativity all over the page. We’re under the impression that we have to wait until the muses arrive, and that is the Bad Apple.
Like all things, writing can only happen if you actually do  it. We can’t all be Sleeping Beauty. Our Prince isn’t going to ride up and give us a big kiss, and we’re not going to wake up to a world of new ideas. We need to hunt down our inspiration ourselves.

Alternatives to The Muse

The more you write, the easier it becomes. It gets to be a habit. It feels wrong to not write for a day or two after you’ve forced yourself to do it an hour every day. The only way to want to write is to actually write, constantly, over and over, every chance you get. Inspiration comes easier.

The Muse brings me to a new topic, which I’ll discuss in my next blog post. Stay tuned for The Creative Bubble.

These are the Bad Apples I battle with every time I sit down to write. Do you have a bad apple I haven’t mentioned?