When you think you can’t write – when you think you have nothing of value to say – when you’ve got “the block” – sit down at your keyboard and put a word, any word, on to your screen! Another word will come. Make a subject and a verb, an object, perhaps an adjective as well. You can erase it and try again. If you like don”t like these words. there are ten thousand more in your head which you haven’t tried yet. Be like Thomas Edison trying to finding the right filament for his light bulb. Do this for ten minutes and if you let go and step right over “the Resistance”, your fingers will write a story for you, just get out of your own way.
Hey there, lovelies!
I know it’s been awhile since I posted. I’ve spent the last few months buried under deadlines and finishing up coursework–so far this year I’ve gone to grad school, and written and edited THREE books, all coming out next year–and getting ready to head back to Nashville.
But in the slivers of space between, I’ve been reflecting a lot–about writing, publishing, advice–and I wanted to talk about a piece of advice that I know seems trite, but is honestly the best I can give. I’ll try to explain why.
Five years into my publishing career, I finally feel like I have my feet under me, and because of that, I’m often asked for advice.
When writers–aspiring, debut, and established–ask for insight, I always say, “Just keep writing.”
And I know that sounds like a very Dory thing to say, but the fact of the matter is, if…
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