Monday, March 28, 2011

Morning Pages (2)

For a blog that mostly deals with reading and reviewing, I wanted to dedicate one day (at least)to some of the process that goes into the art and craft of writing. Here are some tidbits for getting started in writing. These are some of the basics.

1) Like with daily body exercise, the more you exercise, the better and stronger you'll be in your writing. A writer writes. 
2)Carry a notebook wherever you go. If you ever get stuck for ideas, and need some inspiration, carrying a notebook with you at all times will give you a place to keep all your thoughts, interesting ideas or articles, and your observations.
3) Set aside a time every day for your writing. As in #1), a writer writes. Try working in small time increments. Try 10-15 minutes a day, and add time as you get into the habit of writing everyday. 
4) Don't self edit, or self criticize as you write. That is the one of the main problems that keeps younger writers from writing. Eventually you'll probably be writing towards a market, but write for you and not anyone else. 

Here's a list of some of my favorite sites that can help you get started:
Language is a Virus: Cures for Writer's Block
Holly Lisle has a website, blog and downloadable (free) e-book about the business and craft of writing that is worth checking out.
Visit your favorite author(s) website. Some of them will post stories about how they get their inspiration, and the creative process of writing.
Read everything you can get your hands on. One of the best ways to be a good writer is to be a great reader. Read everything you can, especially if you are writing towards a particular genre. 

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