Ignite your love of writing!
10. Go outside and write in the sunshine. Walk on the beach with a dog or stick your feet in the sand and feel the connection to our home. The chair and table outside is a great place to plot. I don’t have a glare screen on my computer so whenever I write outside I use a notebook and pen. It makes me focus on what I love…why I got into this in the first place.
9. Write what makes you happiest. It doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, articles, or just lists. Everything is needed somewhere. And if you write what makes you happy you will in turn radiate happiness. And then everyone around you is happy. It’s a chain effect. When a butterfly flaps its wings in China you will get sunshine here in Washington.
8. See your writing as a movie in your head. The first thing I do when I wake up is focus on what I want to write about and picture it as a movie in my mind. Then I grab a cup of coffee and sit down and write.
7. Google any combination of the words fun and writing. You’re guaranteed to get something interesting. Need inspiration? Check out these links:
The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
6. Take a photo that you’ve never seen before and write 1000 words on it in 10 minutes. Not only is it fun, but you’re going to get product out of this too.
5. Run away for the day. I recently ran away to Seattle for a daytrip. And I have a ton of new ideas and characters because of it.
4. Re-read favorite books. This counts if it is the Boxcar Children or the most contemporary novel on your shelf. Take the themes from the novel and expand on them. See where it takes you. How would you approach a similar novel?
3. Secret. Whenever I get stuck I throw a ninja in the mix and keep going. I don’t stop. I always go back and word search ‘ninja’ and rework it.
2. Play the ‘what if’ game. What if my character quits and goes golfing? What if a meteor shower knocks out the power? What if they only have five minutes on the ticking bomb? This is really useful if you get stuck. See what happens.
1. My favorite, just ask my writing group. Set a crazy goal like 2567 words in 30 minutes and go for it. Write really fast. Some things sneak out from the cobwebs in your mind when you’re writing really fast. And you may just find a new lead that you never saw before.
Do what it takes to motivate the writer inside yourself. It’s up to you to nurture the inner writer and make sure she gets water and fed too. Writing is a job, but it’s one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Write on, Darlene
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