M.L. Ronn

Be a Writing Machine

    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted4 months ago
    It would be impossible to imagine a musician who doesn't listen to music, a painter who doesn't study paintings, or an actor who doesn't watch plays. Just as those artists study their craft, so too must writers.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted4 months ago
    Reading fills the creative well because it gives the subconscious reference points for characters, story, and dialogue.
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    Freewriting is useful in other ways too. Some people use it to get inside the head of their characters. Others use it to clear out their minds prior to writing—an active meditation of the hands, if you will.
    Personally, I find freewriting to be most helpful in fighting fear. I don't find it to helpful in finding inspiration, but that's just me.
    I went through a period where I freewrote every day. I don't recommend that. Otherwise, it will become a crutch. Use it only as needed.
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    and Change Direction in Your Story
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    Don’t check Facebook. Don’t watch Netflix. Don’t go out to clubs, or the bar, or whatever you like to do. Don’t do it.
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    Drop off the grid and don’t communicate with friends and family. Let only your closest loved ones know where and when to find you.
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    Mark the Anniversaries of Your Books
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    Keep an idea log. It’s a daily action that will help you when you don’t know what to write next
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    making an entrance by throwing their hands up. Skimpy skirts. Guys hand slap each other. There’s a guy in Bob Marley shirt. Seems to know every girl. Kisses them on the cheek. Laughs and nurses his beer, twirls it in a circle around his waist. Women dance around him. Blood red glass behind the bar. Light beads whirling across room like cassava beads on a g
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    Describes where you were when the idea happened, and the date.
    Describes the idea in the five senses. Don’t just describe what you see; describe how you might write the idea into your novel. Trust me, when you’re lacking inspiration, you will want something that’s easy to port over to your work-in-progress.
    Photos, video, and audio of the experience (if possible).
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    use a note taking app such as Evernote or Microsoft One Note to thumb ideas quickly into my phone whenever they strike.
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    amassed dozens of these little notebooks, and believe it or not, I still have them
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    I keep what I call an “idea log
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    Keep an Idea Log
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    Strategy #4: Read Regularly
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    meditate for five minutes every morning, just before I write.
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    The first general maintenance strategy calls for introspection
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    you want to be successful in minimizing “writer’s block,” then focus on being in tune to what your subconscious needs.
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    There’s the fear of abandonment, that readers won’t read the rest of the books in your series.
    There’s the fear of misperception, that people won’t understand something in your story. That could cause shame, humiliation, or feel
    Olga Kisselmannhas quoted3 years ago
    And if you want to get really complicated, there’s the fear of money—that feeling that your book won’t make money, so what’s the point. Really deadly. That fear usually comes from past sales numbers.
    There’s paranoia, that feeling that you won’t live long enough to finish your book, or someone else will write your story and do it better.
    There’s the fear of success too, believe it or not.
    And we haven’t even gotten into external fears, like the fear of losing your job or conflicts with a spouse, issues with a loved one, and so on.
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