1 - A good habit Read a lot. If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. This comes from Mr Stephen King, a guy who should know a thing or two about writing... 2 - Omnivorous reading habits are better Read books pertaining to many different genres. And if you think it's a waste of time, go read Range by David Epstein. It's a very well-written book. Above all, it can be an eyeopener. However for those who are in a time crunch, the book is about the importance that knowing a bit from many different domains can have. In fact, this … [Read more...] about 12 Good Habits for Writers to Enormously Improve the Quality of Their Books
The most important thing for a beginning writer is that of discovering who he really is. At first blush this might look like a selfish thing to do. Instead it's the opposite. In fact, the more you know yourself, the more you know how to apply the rules of writing to your work. You take what you like and are comfortable with, and toss out, adapt, or reinvent everything else.I mean, if you write he go into the shop because you've decided to ditch the "es" for the singular third person, I can choose not to read your book because your departure from the norm I don't like, or don't feel … [Read more...] about The Most Important Thing for a Beginning Writer
Often perfectionism is a problem because it's the shortest way to burnout, depression, and strained relationships. The problem with perfectionism isn’t that it can’t help you reach important goals. It’s that even on those occasions you reach a goal, you never feel satisfied. In fact, there’s always something that needs more honing. Something waiting to be improved. As a result, on the long run perfectionism undermines your self-esteem. In addition, you often risk coming across as a perfect jerk. To your spouse, your children, and your friends — that’s to say, if you still have any. But, … [Read more...] about Why Perfectionism Is a Problem – What to Do About It
Writing is a double edged sword for several reasons. In fact even if that of writer can be a gratifying profession, there will always be some writers complaining about how difficult and mind-wrecking writing can be. Indeed, as a bunch, writers tend to suffer from formidable bouts of procrastination -- that illness of the mind that makes you prefer scrubbing clean the kitchen floor to sitting at your desk and writing. In addition, it's all but a rare occurrence that of a writer lost in those interior waste lands where next to no new ideas grow, and those few that do never find their way … [Read more...] about The Healthy Writer — How to Keep in Shape. Some Suggestions Before You Start
Have you ever noticed? If you try to walk on a line painted on the ground and that's about a foot wide, you can do it right away. In fact, everybody who doesn’t suffer from any particular illness affecting their walking and balancing can do it. You only have to pay a bit of attention, and that's all. But the moment you have to walk on top of a wall that is just as wide as the painted line but ten meter high, things change remarkably. All of a sudden, a task everybody considered so easy as to verge on triviality, becomes a difficult feat. Indeed, a feat so difficult that a large part of … [Read more...] about The Forgotten Art of Choosing — Doors to Close
These days it seems you have to be a pro in anything you do. It also seems a lot of people use the word pro as a sort of moniker to set themselves apart from everyone else, even if they are as far from a professional as the dark side of the moon is from the sun. First of all, I want to point out a simple truth: you don’t have to be a pro in everything you do. That would be an unrealistic and also a psychologically unhealthy aspiration. Unrealistic Aspirations I'm saying it would be unrealistic because even if we humans are able to adapt to many different situations, and with the right … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean Being a Pro?