Five Good Ways To Better Your Writing:

We all want to improve our writing and there are many ways to go about seeking this improvement. After years of writing, and a few years of studying that, I can provide five very simple and incredibly effective ways to go about giving your writing that boost it may need!

1) A Wide Array of Reading
Knowing how others write will allow you to see what is there.

It may seem basic but good writing comes from good reading. By having a wide range of books and knowledge at your disposal the writing you do seems to swell with the intertexuality that comes with being well read. When writing fiction it is exceptionally beneficial to, at least, have a range of reading around the genre that you’re most interested in. It works really well to have read things from other genres which will spin creatively the works you are writing and give an alternativeness to you work. Reading is fundamental to good writing. You may not know it, or fell that by reading someone all you will do is imitate, but you will not. It will give you, and your writing, flesh simply by allowing you to move forward. Before you start to write, really write, you should read. Explore before you set off on an adventure on your own because wandering without a map… well that’s considerably more difficult.

Try looking at what work is out there in the same field as what you like to write in and if you don’t have a favourite writing genre or style then just read, read, everything you can!

2) Understanding The Intricacies
Knowing some writing theory can really help understanding your own writing as a craft.

This is by no means the same as being well read. To read something, to experience, something it is not the same as understanding and utilising it. Having a knowledge, even at a working level, of the techniques used in writing can be really beneficial to the development of the craft. By knowing the intricacies of techniques like: repetition, metaphors and alteration, you writing can develop massively. The more techniques you know and know how to use the more you can implement effectively into your writing.

As well as this though you should consider looking at the criticality of literature. Critical thinking is massive when it comes to writing and by knowing something about a critical field, like psychoanalysis, you can really dig into the construction of your writing. By looking at criticality it can be seen how massively my own writing has improved and the same can be done by you.

Having a knowledge of literature from something above the basic writing level is extremely helpful as it allows you to dig into the craft. Look at your writing, can you identify what techniques you’ve used in it, without deliberately putting them in there? How well does you writing stand in a critical field?

3) Find a voice, not an echo.
Above all else it is important to be yourself. Do not write for someone else, write for you. When most people consider their own authorial voice they often question if they have one. Finding a voice can be difficult and often it develops over time by writing over and over again. A narrative voice will change as you do, shifting to your knowledge and understanding. But how can you find a voice? How do you know if you have one?

Your voice, in writing, is your uniqueness and is what makes you different to others. As a writer you can imitate a style and technique of another author as something experimental or commemorative but to use the voice of another you will often find it hard to write at all: because you’re writing in a shifted position away from that is the ‘real’ you. To find a voice it is best to look though your own writing and read over what you have done. After seeing what you’ve done before you can think on it as you write forward.

Finding a voice is difficult, but you may already have one and not even know it. And if you don’t your writing will be missing something, you’ll feel an absence on the page. It is missing something: it is missing you.

Your voice will be yours and undeniably so, you just need to find it.

4) Keep an active thought process
We all have days where we undergo what I like to call ‘writing guilt’. We want to write and feel like if we did we could really do something: be productive. But alas we do not, we simply procrastinate the day away. But even on these days you can write without writing, create without letting a pen hit paper or fingers stream over a keyboard.

Keep your mind on the writing. It is not beneficial or healthy to sit and mull over what you haven’t done. But if you want to shift that thought process and help work towards actively writing then rather than think, “I haven’t done __” and think, “I can do __”.

If you’re writing fiction think about your character, what would they do? How would they think? Feel?

Writing non-fiction? Why not consider an alternative thought? What do you know and what gaps can you find in that knowledge?

Both of these will help keep your mind on the work. Perhaps it is best to take a day away directly from the document but you should let your mind wander, you may discover there’s more than you last thought.

5) Write Through It
As any writer knows the hardest thing to work though is writers block. At its worst it can decimate the integrity of your writing and completely remove you from your passion. But do not let it destroy you!

Someone once told me that the best way to get out of writers block is to keep writing. I can not state this enough, it works incredibly. It will frustrate you, starting at the blank space and trying to force out sentences. It will not make sense, it will be a mess and above all else it will not be your finest work. But keep going. Eventually something will spark and all those incoherent babbles will become the beautifully crafted sentences you know you can work with. A great way to do this is begin with a topic, a title, and write line after broken line until it all comes together.

Most of it may be rubbish, but one line will be enough to redeem the entire thing and you will discover that you have not lost your touch at all: it was just hiding beneath reams of rubbish.

2016- New Year, New Books

Hello again everyone,

2015 was certainly a high year for reading. Here especially the sense of the individual reading identity has shifted with seemingly more and more people turning to the world of words rather than the world of more corporeal things…

2016 is now here and although the year ahead may be long it’s not as long as it appears to be. There are so many things we have to read! So many books to come out and so many that have already passed us by in the wake of the previous year. Rather than look ahead and lose ourselves in the world of things to come let us take little steps and examine what I myself am ready to read over the coming year!

Time to dig through the Christmas gifts, the dusty shelf and uncover those tomes I am finally ready to read:

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde – Something Old

“An artist is the creator of beautiful things, but what happens when that art conceals the true nature of one’s soul? Dorian Gray, a charismatic and beautiful man, is about to find out that with beauty there comes a cost. Living a life of debauchery, he realises that time and age no longer affect him, not when the evil that is now his life is sucked into the vortex of his reflected self…”

Everyone enjoys a classic. For me The Picture of Dorian Gray is always a novel I can return to in a time of need. When there’s a full year ahead, and it all seems like a little too much starting with something comforting in its familiarity, and proudly unsettling, when faced with a year of unknown. This will without a doubt by the first book I read of this new year. Perhaps we all should read something familiar more often, try to find something new in something we have seen before. Reading over the first few pages it already seems so exciting to consider how much of myself, of this past year, of everything will go into reading this again: seeing how much I have changed just by the interpretations and understandings that will be drawn from it.

The Secret History – Donna Tartt – Something borrowed

“Under the influence of their charismatic Classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality, their lives are changed profoundly and for ever…”

This was something suggested by a friend. It has been waiting on the list for some time now and I am finally planning to set asside some time amidst all the hustle and bustle to read it. It appears on the surface to be so heavy, so insightful and just exciting! When was the last time that we picked up a book suggested by someone else and not just spoken of in passing? How many of us have said ‘oh yeah of course’ to the suggestion of a book but done nothing about it? Talk to your friends, see what they’re reading and give at least one a go. It will give you so much to talk about, so much to look forward to and give our reading experience something deeper: something shared.

Black Bullet 01- Kanzaki Shiden – Something New

“A near future, where humans have been defeated by the viral parasites named Gastrea. They have been exiled into a small territory and live in despair, side by side with terror… Rentaro, a boy living near Tokyo and a member of the “Civil Security” – an organization specializing in fighting against the Gastrea – is used to accomplishing dangerous tasks. His partner is Enju, a precocious young girl. They fight using their peculiar powers until one day, they receive a special assignment from the government. This top secret mission is to prevent the destruction of Tokyo… ”

Manga is something at home on my shelf of novels to read. But I thought it best to share with you all something you maybe have not considered reading before. It isn’t often that visual novels are considered within the wider literary community but they can be just as astounding as their heavier, more language dependant, counterparts. After having seen the accompanying animated series, the black bullet manga is something I am very excited to get started. Have you thought of trying something new? If not as drastic as a shift to manga then perhaps an audio book when you’re out starting the new year? Or even an e-book on the go to keep on top of all that planned reading?

Either way this holiday gift was a pleasant surprise!

The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury – Something Discovered

“The Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanity’s repeated attempts to colonize the red planet. The first men were few. Most succumbed to a disease they called the Great Loneliness when they saw their home planet dwindle to the size of a fist. They felt they had never been born. Those few that survived found no welcome on Mars. The shape-changing Martians thought they were native lunatics and duly locked them up. ”

I have very mixed feelings about this one. I know so very little about it and going into a book with no preconceptions or thoughts is an entirely alien concept to me now. The book itself seems interesting and fresh for someone such as me who doesn’t stray all that far out of my preferred genre. But we should try and exert ourselves. We enjoy reading and thus should try to give ourselves a better, more revitalised, reading experience. Have you read something different recently? When was the last time you didn’t search for something new, you simply picked up a book and read it for the experience and not the literarity of it?

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan – Something Blue

“It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire …”

Reading for pleasure is one thing, reading to learn is another. It seems for most of us the best way to start a new year is by dismissing the previous, by looking at it as something that has passed us and something which we have moved away from. Who says we should think like that? I am looking at last year and consider it for what it was. I see it and am at least pushing myself to recognise it, rather than dismiss it like so many of us do. We all have our battles in our daily lives but after considering a year of them perhaps it’s time we read something closer to home? Reading to escape, to please, is special. Reading to grow is beneficial.

That is it so far, that’s my reading for the coming year all set! (Well for now…)
I hope you enjoyed the insight and I hope it made you all think about what you’re going to read and why you’re going to read it!

See you next time,

Connor~

4 of 2015’s Most Popular Reads

It’s astonishing how quickly 2015 has gone, and if, like me, you are an avid reader, no doubt you’ve added many novels to your ‘read’ collection. But what have been the best, and most popular novels of this year? There’s a few, without doubt, that stick out. So with a little research I’ve found out what seems to be the most sought after. The question is – how many have you read?

  • Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee

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The long awaited prequel of the famous To Kill A Mockingbird has easily been one of the most popular books of this year. In the first week of its summer release, the novel sold more than 1 million copies in America alone. Although popular, there has seemingly been many disputes over the book by critics. The only way to find out though, is to read it for yourself!

 

 

 

  • The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

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This popular 2015 novel stayed in the New York Times Bestsellers number one position for thirteen consecutive weeks from its release. Later next year the book will be hitting the big screen, so if you’re a fan of reading first … you better get your hands on this one.

 

 

 

 

  • The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

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This WWII novel, set in France, has picked up an incredible amount of esteem since it was published in February this year. The novel, by award winning author Kristin Hannah appeared in the New York Times best sellers list, as well as third most popular books of 2015 on Good Reads.

 

 

 

 

  • Grey – E.L James

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It is with a heavy heart I have to add this onto the list. Although I hold a personal dislike for the fifty-shades series, I cannot deny its popularity. The book sold over 1 million copies in its first week and has been, undeniably, one of the most popular releases this year.

 

 

 

 

Caitlin

Christmas Reading

Hi Everyone,

I know it’s still November but as a huge Christmas enthusiast I thought I’d spread a little Christmas cheer now to get everyone in the spirit for the upcoming celebrations.

Given my continued love for all things books and all things Christmas I thought why not marry the two together and write a post about Christmas books.

I don’t usually read Christmas themed books at Christmas time myself so this is a little bit of an adventure for me too.

I have read a few of the books I’m going to recommend for Christmas reading and they were brilliant:

  1. A Christmas Carol
  2. Little Women
  3. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  4. The Night Before Christmas
  5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Given that I don’t usually read Christmas specific themed books in December I thought I’d think out of the books a little. To me one of the best parts of winter is snuggling up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea and a good book.

So these next suggestions may not be completely Christmas themed but they are great books to snuggle up and read.

  1. Harry Potter

Although there are some Christmas scenes in both the books and films, this collection is simply brilliant to snuggle up and read. It’s like re-visiting an old childhood friend and enjoying each other’s company in the festive period.

  1. Grimm Fairy Tales

Some of these can be a little spooky and if you’re into that kind of thing then they’re brilliant stories to enjoy on cold winters days/nights.

  1. Mindy Kaling and other autobiographies

I myself love reading a good autobiography; personally I like to pick out funny comedic favourites of mine to keep the reading light hearted and funny. Mindy Kaling for example is a great comedian to read about, having a laugh a long the way.

Although this is a short post I hope it gets you all in the mood for Christmas which is oh so close and oh so exciting. Lets all channel our inner child and enjoy the festivities any way we can. Please do keep reading; although my time is up I know we have some fabulous bloggers to come.

Thanks for reading.

Sam.

Good Reading Competitions

Hi everyone,

This week I thought I’d suggest a few reading competitions for you all to try out. Get your competitive juices flowing. No one can deny the thrill of competition. The thrill of winning even if the competition is only against yourself. We all love to beat ourselves sometimes just as much as say a sibling or a friend.

Some of these challenges may state 2015, but that doesn’t stop you starting them in the New Year.

So let the list begin…

  1. 10 books in 12 days

Simply pick 10 books you want to read and read them in 12 day’s. This is not only a competition against yourself to see if you can complete the 10 books in 12 days but you can also compete against other people to see who can complete it the quickest or who can read the most books in those 12 day’s even if you can’t all read 10 books in the 12 days.

Tip: as recommended in last weeks post, add the pages of all 10 books together and divide it by 12 to find out how many pages you will have to read a day to complete the full challenge.

  1. Pop sugar’s 2015 Reading challenge:

This challenge simply gives a list of different challenges to try and complete throughout the year so if you want to start it in 2016 then below is a link to the website that details all of the challenges. It could widen your horizons and diversify your reading.

http://www.popsugar.com/love/Reading-Challenge-2015-36071458

  1. Around the world

Below is a link to the challenge with mini challenges. I personally prefer the mini challenges available here such as ‘Read one book from each continent’ and ‘Read a certain number of books set in places you’ve visited before’, once again widening your horizon’s in the literary world and giving you some diverse cultural reading challenges.

This challenge also attempts to encourage you to see the world. Holiday anyone…

http://itsallaboutbooks.de/2014/11/around-the-world-2015/

  1. Back to classics

This challenge could get you thinking by having you read a variety of books from across history. It’ll give you a cultural and historical view of society and how it’s changes throughout the past 200 or 300 years.

Some of my favourites are ‘A classic in translation’ and ‘A forgotten classic’.

http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/announcing-back-to-classics-challenge.html

Thanks for reading guys I hope you can find some enjoyment in trying out a couple of these competitions/challenges.

Sam

Movie Adaptations!

Hi everyone,

This week let’s open up a little debate, I can’t speak for everyone but I’m sure most English students will agree with me that the book usually 9 out of 10 times triumphs the movie adaptation.

The book always has so much more detail given the fact it’s not restricted by time. But most importantly I think the idea that you can imagine it all yourself is often the best part of reading the book rather than watching the movie.

Don’t get me wrong I like to watch, movie adaptations but if I’m going to do that I always read the book first. Maybe this is a mistake because I fall in love with the books and when the movie misses details out and doesn’t quite live up to the book I get a little mad.

Just ask my friends and family I can rant about a bad movie for hours, although I can also rant about a bad book for days. Guess books just mean more to me than the television.

So anyway to get back on topic here, Imagination. Personally I think the imagination is a fantastic magical thing. As a creative writer I’m sure you’d expect me to say that but as the writer you can create a world in your own image. You can describe every last detail of a characters appearance or personality but the reader will still imagine the final piece in a different way than you imagined it when writing it, everyone will. Isn’t that beautiful.

Let’s take the movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby, I read The Great Gatsby in 2011, two years before its re-release. It was one of the best books a teacher has ever made me read and I’m grateful they made me.

When the film was released I thought it was brilliant, I eagerly awaited its arrival and watched it filled with anticipation. Yes I don’t deny I think they did a good job despite missing a few things that I personally as a reader felt where important but I had never imagined someone with the look of Carey Mulligan playing Daisy. But it worked.

The down side of movie adaptations in my opinion is that once you see a movie that can sometimes be the way you always see the characters, it takes away our free imagination and replaces the imagery with someone else’s view of the characters, the setting and the layout of events. Take Daisy Buchanan, to me whenever I re-read the book or think of the character I think of her, looking like and acting how Carey Mulligan played her.

Let’s move past my assassination of what I think is wrong with movie adaptations and let me provide you with a list of movie adaptations I personally think did the book at least some justice.

  1. The Great Gatsby 2012 (As I have already spoken about far too much)
  2. The Fault In Our Stars 2014
  3. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest 1976
  4. The Help 2011
  5. 12 years a slave 2014
  6. The Book Thief 2013
  7. Paper Towns 2015
  8. Little Women 1994
  9. Still Alice 2014

Go check them out, but if you are yet to read the book I strongly recommend you give them a go first.

Thanks for reading guys, hope you enjoyed it.

Sam

The Fantasy Genre

Hi everyone,

Fantasy, what a wonderful genre to discuss. All you critical thinkers I’m sure will psycho-analyse my love of Fantasy as one of my favourite genres of choice. Some have claimed it’s a form of escapism from the real world and to be honest I’m okay with that. Don’t we all want to escape real life sometimes and feel a little less under pressure, a little freer and less stressed.

Take Harry Potter, a massive enterprise and it all started with J.K.Rowling in a cafe in Edinburgh. Most people I know have a love for harry potter either growing up with it or simply watching it grow. I would consider Harry Potter one of the most famous fantasies of the day. It takes us into the wizarding world and although nothing ever seems to go right it’s not real life and most importantly it’s not our life. We can escape into a world that frees us from everything around us that brings us down.

I recommend a Harry Potter marathon after this I’ve certainly put myself in the mood for one.

Of course let’s not be so obvious, Harry potter is not the only fantastic fantasy set I can suggest to you if you’re in the mood. We all know and love, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Divergent trilogy and the Maze Runner trilogy all fantasy books that take us into another world all though a world filled with action, anger, revenge and mystery. Maybe not then.

At least it’s not ‘the real world’ after all. Or we could take Dumbledore at his word ‘Words are in my not-so–humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it’ If I didn’t know better myself I’d think he was talking about the power of a fantasy novel. It may be painful but it will get better, also an important message to teach ourselves in our real lives outside of books.

Some less commercialised or recent Fantasy style genre books I would recommend for your reading pleasure are:

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. The Poison Study 6 book set by Maria V. Snyder
  4. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  5. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
  6. The Game of Thrones Collection by George R.R. Martin
  7. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  8. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  10. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

If you like the fantasy genre all of these books may just tickle your fancy.

So let me leave you with a few inspirational quotes from or about books in the Fantasy Genre, quotes that in some cases are important in real life as well:

  • ‘Happiness can be found even if in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light’ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter
  • ‘it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities’ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter
  • ‘perhaps those best suited to power are those who have never sought it’ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter
  • ‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one’ George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
  • ‘it’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish’ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

So let’s stop procrastinating and reading this post and let’s start reading some Fantasy books. Thanks for reading.

Sam.

Reading Tips for Procrastinators

Hi everyone,

I bet you thought you’d gotten rid of me, well think again. I’m back for another month to bore you all to death.

This month I’m going to be posting about, the fantasy genre, good reading competitions to try out, good movie adaptations, and my top tips when reading. Yes I said reading tips. In my last month of blogging here, I wrote about my top tips for writing and this time I thought I’d delve into reading tips with both personal and academic benefits.

I won’t introduce myself again,  of course you can read my other post’s from my last month of blogging and learn everything you need to know so I’ll just get started.

As you can deduce from the title this week it’s all about my reading tips so as always prepare yourself for some hard-hitting lists.

Academic

  1. Highlighting

I always find highlighting key points and making notes about why it’s highlighted really helps when reading large chunks of confusing text. This way when you go back to the piece you can remember what it was all about.

  1. Extra reading

It always helps to do a little if not a lot of extra reading around the text or the topic you’re studying. It can’t hurt right. Well maybe it can, no one likes extra work but if it helps you achieve then it’s worth a try.

Personal

  1. Hitting targets

I might come across as a little bit of a control freak here but a college teacher of mine once told me that setting targets when reading a book can help you keep on track. She was right and I’ve been using her tactics ever since.

Set a date in which you want to complete the book by. Then divide the number of pages in your book by the amount of day’s left before your target completion day. The number produced is the target amount of pages you need to read each day to finish the book by your final target.

  1. Love what your reading

It’s as simple as that. If you love what you read it will pass a lot quicker and you’ll enjoy every second whether you need to read it or not.

  1. Remember to take breaks

In your academic reading breaks help you to keep focus but most importantly it’ll stop you from completely losing your mind.

In your personal reading if you’ve followed the above tip then surely you want to savour the joy that reading can bring.

Thanks for reading, next week I’ll be back with one of my previously stated posts and I hope to see you there. Happy reading.

Sam.

From Tabletop to Trash Can~

Hello everyone!

As you’re probably aware there are always those books which you “cannot put down”. No matter how much you try there is something gripping you inside of every page, you read on because you feel compelled to…

It’s out of your control and is very much not your fault that the entire afternoon has dissipated into the early hours of the following morning. There are many of these, memorable tomes which we share and covet. But what about those other times?

It would be too easy to sit here and write about books which “changed” your life or perspective, believe me there are many of those by some astounding authors out there. Therefore I decided to adapt the idea and tell share my opinions on those books that… just missed the mark.

Now I will not name and shame, because what is “meh” or “sort of” to me may be a masterpiece to someone else: and of course that’s fine… you’re entitled to your wrong opinion. (I jest… Sort of.)

These are my reasons, opinions, about those books which just got away from me… The ones I could put down and found myself drifting away from the pages. Maybe this could help all of the writers out there consider something before it hits the page. Maybe you just want to read a man rant about books.

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The Battle With The Beast~

I should probably apologise for the lack of posts recently but I have been very busy sweeping my life away. Alas among everything which went on I did not forgot about this! Remembering however is not enough. Thus my blog post inspiration came.

As a writer there are many things you much battle. Pen in hand you have to overcome foes such as ‘Writers Block’, ‘Time Management’ and the ruthless ‘Self Evaluation’. Nothing is quite as dangerous as, however, as the battle raging within. In the depth of you it hides: the big grey lazy monster.

Fear not for Connor will instruct you on how to fight the beast called Laziness:

  • Figure yourself out. You’re probably aware that after the fourth time you have said “Oh I guess I cannot _____ until  I do  _______” that you’re probably making excuses for yourself. Once you’re aware that you’re lying to yourself you can stop, also you can probably create a more logical order in which to go about the activities you need to do. When this happens to me I like to create windows of time in which I know I can write, setting aside specific times to just get something done.
  • Once you have started writing sustaining the drive to continue will most likely be a battle: unless you become swept up in a magical inspiration trance (lucky you). In order to sustain my writing, and keep it to a decent standard, I like to listen to music. If I find myself getting distracted in the music, or anything else for that matter, I try to turn it off. The writing needs your full attention otherwise it’ll probably end up like some incoherent babbling dream sequence. If that’s what you’re going for however then getting distracted might be good for you.
  • You’re probably going to want to take a break right? Unless you have been working until the early hours of the morning and have not eaten it’s most likely an excuse. This is the beast talking! You know that the moment you take your eyes away he will have summoned Youtube and will be playing cat video’s mindlessly for four hours! It’s wise to take a break yes, but do so in a controlled way. Go get a drink, take a breather but let your mind work over the details of something you have just written or read. Was there something you didn’t like? Something which could sound better? Give yourself a reason to return.
  • One of the worst things you can do is force yourself to do it. Giving yourself incentives such as knowing that once it is done you can do X things that you enjoy is what I used to push.
  • Don’t look at the word count. Most likely, if you’re in the belly of the lazy beast, it’ll be bellow what you want it to be. Keep yourself burning away and worry about cutting a piece down at a later date than forcing in random segments here and there to fill the spaces in-between.
  • Grab a friend! Talking to someone about how much you hate a task will probably give you enough of a chuckle to carry on… But don’t be a fool: they could talk you out of it too. Be strong! But don’t be silly. Of course writing, reading, is important but, from someone who basically lives in a cave, don’t throw your life away… You can have fun, just remember to get it done. (This point was counter intuitive… But it was important.)

I hope that these helped. Maybe I will take my own advice, or maybe I will not.

We’ll find out with my next post, maybe a book review or something else about writing!

I hope to see you around! Sorry it was so short.

Connor~