After writing for nearly 7 years, I thought it would be fun to share a few of the tips and tricks I learned with others. So I compiled my best writing advice and create a short book entitled, Ten Great Ideas for Authors. To add my own unique twist, I took each idea and presented it as a letter to myself. I wrote as if I could send each chapter back in time to my younger self. After all, it was information I wish I knew before I started my writing adventure.
Interestingly enough, as I shared my best writing wisdom, I found myself energized and using these writing strategies more often. In other words, not only was the advice for my younger self, it was equally as applicable as I wrote it. During our weekly discussions, my writing friend, Erik, and I often discussed how our writing topics were also the advice we most need to hear. As you can probably imagine by the title of this post, this week was busy. Here’s the brief letter I’d write to myself if I were my own writing coach.
Keep Writing When Life Gets Busy
Writers write, and they keep writing—even when life gets busy! I know you probably have a stereotypical picture of a writer stuck in your head. This person is holed-up in a beautiful cabin in the woods and has loads of unencumbered time to let his creativity flow. Where did this mental image come from anyway? While this may be every writer’s dream, this mental image is rarely true, and it’s most certainly not helpful for most of us.
Sure, some writers have the luxury of sneaking away to a quiet hotel room to fully focus and crank out their next manuscript. But these writers are the exception to the rule. In today’s fast-paced world, there are plenty of authors doing amazing work at their sticky dining-room table. These writers may get interrupted by their cat walking across their computer keyboard or their three-year-old pulling on their pant-leg, clamoring for their attention.
If you can’t find a quiet place to focus, congratulations, you are normal. Keep pushing forward anyway.
Did you know:
- J.K. Rowling wrote much of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone in a pub.
- William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying while working the night shift at a power plant. He took this extra job to make ends meet. In regards to his masterpiece, Faulkner says, “I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word, I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall.” I can’t think of a less inspiring place to write a tour-de-force than a power plant. Yet, Faulkner made it happen! Perhaps his ability to persist during the good times and the bad is what makes his writing so great!
- Finally, Justine, by Marquis de Sade, was written during his stint in prison. Apparently, numerous popular books were.
The bottom line is writers write. They write when the conditions are ideal and when they are at their worst. The best writers keep writing when life gets busy. So keep going. Carry your laptop in your car if you must. Write before appointments and during breaks at work.
The truth is not every masterpiece is written in a quaint cabin in the woods. In fact, the writing process itself is typically far less glamorous than we think. So if you think you’re too busy to write, think again. Perhaps you’re exactly where you need to be.
Happy Friday Blog-Party #4
- This blog-party is open to everyone. Over the past few months, I’ve met some incredible writers who blog about faith, family, relationships, and even crafting, fashion, homeschooling, and DYI. Blogging is way more fun with friends. So it doesn’t really matter what topic you write about. You’re in, and we’d love to have you share your post!
- Add 1-2 of your posts (old or new) by clicking the blue button below (It’s easy).
- For every post you leave, we’d love it if you would comment on someone else’s post (or two or three). Just click on the posts that resonate most with you.
- Finally, we’d love it if you’d grab a button for your site or add our blog to your link-up list. We intend to host every Friday and keep the link-up going all week long. You can find a list of some of our favorite blog-parties here.
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