Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Getting Over the Hump... Day

I'm in a writing slump right now and trying to get my act together to pick up where I left off on my work-in-progress.  Amy Holiday's #30Shorts challenge was great to jump start my muscles, but I couldn't keep up.

I'm picking up a couple of my writing reference/inspiration books to help get myself back on the wagon. I thought you might find them helpful too:



Just fifteen minutes a day after each chapter truly helps warm up the connection from my brain to my fingers.


Writing a novel is hard work, but Nathan's "It can be done!" attitude is always so encouraging.

 
From Natalie, I learned about "free writing" and how liberating it can be.  Keep the pen tip on the paper. Keep your hand moving forward; writing down one word after the other as it comes to you. Never go back to cross anything out.  I turn to this exercise when I am at my most fearful or anxious about my writing.



This is my "go to" resource when all else fails. It really is okay to write that shitty first draft. Also, the one-inch picture frame exercise is something I use when I need to distill the jumbled thoughts in my head, both in my writing life and work life.  Plus, I think it would make a cool writing workshop exercise on honing your description skills.


Tell me, what resources or references do you turn to for help getting over your writing humps?

4 comments:

  1. I have pretty weird dreams and I guess most of my ideas come from them

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  2. Where some of my ideas come from my dreams, I try to read blogs, memoirs, fiction and other non-fiction and study how those writers formed their posts, stories, or articles. You chose some wonderful books here, Mieke. I have some of them also. One I'm reading right now is Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir by Sarah Jane Freymann and Brenda Peterson. Great post, Mieke. I'll follow your blog.

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    1. Thanks, Vicky! These are great books to have in your writing library.

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