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
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If you want to live a less stressed life and make more healthy choices, you should strive to create an orderly environment around you. In fact most of our habits have situational cues — cues that in an orderly environment can be more effectively kept under control. For example if you want to eat more fruit and vegetables but then you disseminate your home with cookie jars and snacks of every kind, and instead relegate fruit and vegetables to a single place, it’s hardly surprising you keep gobbling junk food. However, these findings don't mean that orderly environments are always the ones … [Read more...] about Disorderly and Orderly Environments — The Yin and Yang in Life
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
When it comes to writing habits, the advice you can come across is all over the place: You should write every day. You should write at least six days a week.You should write a certain number of words every day. You should write early in the morning, to be more energetic. You should write in the middle of the night to avoid distractions. You should write in a bar, or outside, in a park. You should write in the solitude of your turret. And on and on and on… The list is so long and full of contradictions, it’s bewildering. But it needs not be that way. Not at all if you keep in mind a … [Read more...] about Writing Habits or Daily Rituals. You Can Call Them as You Want — Just Write!
Time ago I read Mini Habits by Stephen Guise. Let me tell you just one thing. The book can be extremely useful, and the reason is simple: it pinpoints with extreme clarity one crafty way we can overcome procrastination. In a nutshell, the reasoning is about setting goals that are so simple and unambitious we can’t even start considering procrastinating them. For instance, if you want to get fit you can set a training session of one minute or just don your workout gear. You’ll discover that once you’re working out, you’ll do it for longer than the planned … [Read more...] about Habits, Mini Habits, and Self-Knowledge
Writers create characters in many different ways. Some don't even start writing until they know perfectly well the characters of the story they want to write. Some others know next to nothing of their characters when they start. For them writing the story is also how they get to know the characters themselves. Finally, yet some other writers deploy a mixed approach. Or switch from an approach to the other depending on the book they're writing. Online you can find a slew of resources devoted to character creation: character development worksheets, already filled-in character templates, … [Read more...] about Character Templates for Writers – Can They Be Useful?