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Saturday, April 27, 2013

The uninspired writer

Sometimes getting to the computer is a chore, much less trying to string a few words together.

Writer's block is a procrastination tool the mind uses to get out of doing stuff.
"I don't feel like writing today."
That's the problem, you're going on feelings. The biggest lie is that you must feel inspired to write. Not true. You must be dedicated, committed, and disciplined. That's what will keep you going until you've finished the project.

I'll admit, some of my worst writing occurs when I'm just spitting out any old words due to a lack of inspiration. BUT... I do get stuff down on paper during these trying times, and that can be epic. Writing is getting the ideas out of your head and onto the paper or screen. Then you rewrite. And edit. And edit. And rewrite. 

When I'm on a deadline, I have to produce whether I feel inspired or not. I'm usually not. I'd rather be doing something else, like staring out the window and dreaming about writing my novel. So I use this to my advantage. I write quick and in a hurry, and I don't care how I feel or how it reads. The goal is just to get the words out. Hurry up and finish so I can do something else.
"OMG it's terrible!"
Good. Let the rewriting begin. It may take a couple of drafts before you get it right, but that's okay. That's part of the process.

If you have creative ways of making yourself write when you don't feel like it, we need to know!

Donna Marie

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1 comment:

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