Posts Tagged ‘writing inspiration’

Ten Steps to Enthusiasm

Monday, November 3rd, 2014


Panda sleeps in tree Are you finding it hard to feel enthusiastic?

Once reality settles in, you might feel despair. Sad bride on bus 

Don’t give up hope! Try Attitude Adjustment!

Steps to Enthusiasm:  

1. What inspired you in the first place? Write WHY you chose this idea.

2. Next, highlight the parts of your project you love.

3. Read good examples in the genre which is most like yours. Soak in the voice, style, and word choice.

4. Retype a paragraph, description, or sensory image which you admire about this work.

5. Model a specific scene/line in your writing using this example.

6. Illustrate a few scenes or lines. Breaking it down often helps diagnose problems.

7. Read your scene/line/story out loud. Tape it. Play it back. What sounds good?

8. Circle active verbs; highlight a vivid image in the text.

9. Feeling better? If not, time is your friend. Put it away for a while. Rest. Rejuvenate.

10. Share your work with a trusted writing partner or group. Specific suggestions can motivate.

 There now. You feel great!   It’s time to revise!

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Deep Thoughts from Charlotte’s Web

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

“Take a deep breath!  Now climb to the highest place you can get to.  Now make an attachment with your spinnerets, hurl yourself into space, and let out a dragline as you go down!”    Charlotte

Charlotte the spider, from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, may have been talking about spinning a web, but she could have been refering to the “risk-taking” feeling of writing.  It’s scary! 

Every time you write your thoughts, feelings, and stories, pat yourself on the back.  You’re sharing yourself with the world, creating art, and growing as a creative person. 

Charlotte also knew a thing or two about people.  “With men it’s rush, rush, rush every minute,”  she said.

Take time in your life to pause and reflect.  Do you have five minutes you can set aside to daydream?  Five minutes to stare out the window and think about a character, a story, a poem, or a scene from your own life you’d like to put on paper? 

“I don’t know what a magnum opus is,” said Wilbur.

“That’s Latin,” explained Charlotte.  “It means ‘great work.’ This egg sac is my great work –the finest thing I have ever made.”

Work on your own writing so you will create your own magnum opus – – the finest thing you’ll ever make.