Read This Now and Be Inspired to Write!

Writing is a thing of passion, yet one of work. We established that in a previous post, but we have also determined that we are indeed writers, so therefore we welcome the task head on.

Understanding what we are working with, let’s discuss your plans as far as your topic of choice. Perhaps you have thought about this a second or so, or maybe not. Nonetheless, this part of the process does not have to be painful. In fact, this may be a rather easy task.

Let’s start with a few of the basics.

1. Whenever in doubt, write what you know.

Everyone has a story to tell, so get to telling! Besides, when you write what you know, you are therefore an expert in that field. Well, that is what we believe anyway. However, you are more comfortable when writing what you know, and that makes a world of a difference in your work.

While this tactic is always a staple go to when choosing a topic to write on, it is also one that comes with a staple issue. Unless you are Madonna, your life may not be eventful enough to sustain a full-fledged plot, subplot and any other supporting parts of a solid story. Don’t fret; even Madonna has days that aren’t up to par, I am sure.

For those of us who live a reality that may lack in daily untethered excitement, I welcome you to another tip:

2. Play it up with the “What if?” game.

This tactic can be a writing gold mine as it has the potential to raise the stakes with only one question; What if?

Take an event, or moment, and imagine what if, insert the absolute obvious thing that could happen here, and then imagine the least most expecting thing that could happen. Now, choose the latter.

Trust me; this tactic often produces a hell of a ride, and your reader will love you dearly.

3. Another way to find inspiration is to get it from others.

A person in passing perhaps has the most interesting tidbits of information. Why? Because, more often than not, you will only gather bits and pieces of their conversations and actions. Imagine being in an elevator, then a man in a trench coat steps into the elevator on a call.

You have only one more floor to go, but you see that he has chosen two more above you. Right before you reach your floor, the other rider says into his phone. Don’t worry; she will not be here for long.

Insert chill bumps and gut wrenching fear here.

Of course, he could have been talking about ANYTHING, but the writer in you immediately makes it into ONE thing. And it becomes a BIG thing. Be sure to grab your notebook and scratch a few notes about the relentlessly, handsome and very unsuspecting sociopath that you almost fell victim to in the elevator. His mesmerizing, deep, dark eyes held you paralyzed to his gaze, but the ding of the elevator interrupted your trance. You find later that a man matching his exact description has been named a primary suspect to a couple missing person cases, including a beautiful young thing; quite similar to you in which he lured from the same hotel and on the same night as when you were as well an occupant. A search party is in place, but unfortunately, her fate is yet unknown.

That is until you finish writing the story.

Inspiration can be found hidden in the most unusual places, so be sure to keep your notebook handy and throw off the bowlines of your imagination. You are guaranteed to create something immensely engaging.

Know any more great sources of inspiration?

Drop them in the comments! We all could use the goods.

Want to be a great writer, never break this important rule

People often ask me about writing. Why? Well, because I am a writer. I’ve learned that people who aren’t writers have this great misconception of what a writer is. Blame it on Carrie Bradshaw for painting this stunning illusion that all great writers are carrying a laptop with a cup of Starbucks getting the inside scoop on the latest while being in the company of generous individuals with a man on their arm that serenades you with excellent gifts and- OK maybe I should bring it back. In a simpler fashion, all I am saying is writing is not for the faint of heart and it is hard work. That is not meant to freak you out but to give you a brutal truth.

If you are sincerely passionate about writing the above will enthrall you and you should continue reading. If you aren’t a writer at heart, perhaps you will not even see this sentence. Chances are you have already redirected your attention to something else.

Those that are still present let’s continue. So, like I said plenty of people ask me about writing and what to do and where they should begin. I get this question a lot especially when someone has an idea they would like to manifest into a book.

So, I will tell you the most important rule of writing. This rule is so important considering that this one rule will be the make or break margin that defines you as a great writer.

Rule # 1- Write.

Yep, there you have it. You have to write – even when you don’t want to. Why? Well, that’s what writers do, and that is how to develop into a great writer. And yes, it is a process of development. There will always be great writers, but never the best writer, because it is a never ending process of development. There will always be room for improvement. However, to even get in the running to be among the greats you have to be just as engaged in the process from day one as you are to the day you receive an award for an excellent literary creation. It is a continuous process.

Now, let’s be honest, it usually doesn’t just flow like water, it’s a matter of discipline. But, Rules are rules, right? At least that’s the case when you’re aiming to be great in the world of writing. You have to go by the rule; there is no other way around it. So how do you keep the rules? I’m glad you asked.

Here are three tips:

Set daily writing goals. Perhaps start with a small daily word count and increase it by the week. No matter what you do, write daily. Consider taking one of those Facebook or Instagram breaks and channel it into writing. Mobile apps such as Evernote or Notes app on your phone, generally connected to your Gmail, will do. Google Drive is another good one. Considering they are phone applications, almost anyplace will work as a writing station, standing in line at the grocery store, sitting in the waiting room at the dentist or wherever else considered fitting.

Create a writing ritual. To be honest, when I first received this tip, I rolled my eyes and thought, “This is unnecessary. I am not doing that.” And, I didn’t, and I also did not keep my daily word count goal thus delaying development. So, once again, if you believe you are not quite disciplined to write daily; think again. You are. You simply need a little more structure. Write the same time every day. If at all possible, chose the same place as well and do not move until you reach your goal. Be sure to eliminate all distractions.

Read the work of others, but do not compare. Science proves frequent readers are better writers than those who choose not to. OK, well, I don’t know if science has proved that, but I like how it sounded. The truth, however, is the more you read, the more you know, and the better you become at executing your thoughts via written communication, therefore developing your writing skills. So read more, learn more, and grow.

Now, the second part of this is: Do not compare your writing skills to another. We are all a part of one big family of writers, but just like any other family, we all are different. There may be some similarities among us all, but you are unique, and your writing style will be as well. We all have the proper tools to become a great writer. Utilize those tools.

Now that you know the rule it’s time for you to get to writing! If you already have a writing ritual, tell us about it in the comments.

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