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That Book Won’t Write Itself, You Know

Okay, I’ll admit, this article should be titled “That Article Won’t Write Itself, You Know,” as I sit at my computer and stare at a blank screen, three hundred other things distracting me from actually writing anything at all. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, pictures from the weekend—they all tease me with their instant entertainment, but none of them are helping me write my article, are they? No. So focus, I must.

Which, of course, leads me to the point of my article. If I don’t just sit down and start typing, nothing will ever get written. Now does that mean that the first few things I started to write about made any sense at all or were the beginnings of an intelligent article? Nope, they pretty much sucked. But hey, at least I’m moving forward.

There are so many different schools of thought when it comes to writing advice, and opinions vary greatly regarding writer’s block or finding the time to write. If you search the Internet, you will find pages upon pages of quotes from famous authors offering advice on characterization and theme and adjectives. There are endless blogs offering advice on writer’s block that runs the gamut from “You must write every day” to “Wait until the words come to you.”

The thing is… what works for one author won’t necessarily work for another author. And what works on Tuesday may not even be relevant come Friday. So advice is all relative. You’ve got to figure out what works best for you, as an author, to get your book written.

For me, I have to keep writing. I follow the Maya Angelou/John Steinbeck train of thought that basically just says “Write.” steinbeck What I come up with may not be perfect, and I may have to force myself to get that page written, but when I stop for any extended period of time, it’s almost painful to get started again. But that’s just what works for me. Perhaps letting the muse rest quietly for a while works better for some. For others, working on an outline or timeline while the muse is preoccupied can come in handy, too. Developing back story and character sheets is never a waste of time. And you’re still moving forward.

And before you know it, your article—I mean, your book is written. 🙂 What works best for you? I’d love to know; leave a note in the comments section.

Happy writing!


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