Need writing advice? It can be annoying getting that from writers. Let’s face it: writers say and do some pretty pretentious shit. Whether it’s tapping away at a Macbook at the nearest Starbucks or rambling on about how much meditation helps them “get in the writing zone,” we’ve heard it all before. The thing is,
Let’s face it: writers say and do some pretty pretentious shit. Whether it’s tapping away at a Macbook at the nearest Starbucks or rambling on about how much meditation helps them “get in the writing zone,” we’ve heard it all before. The thing is, lot of that crap really works. Here’s a breakdown of some of the silly things writers do to help them write more, write better, or even write at all. Of course, each look at
Of course, each of these potentially ridiculous activities is served up with my signature blend of cuss words, snark, and total unwavering belief that you can really do this whole writing thing.
So explore the entries below to see if something here clicks for you. Or just have a chuckle at some of the mental contortions writers put themselves through just to make words appear on a page.
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So in my list of Pretentious Sh*t That Works, there is little that is as cliche - or as essential - as my favorite socially acceptable chemical dependency: coffee. There's a lot to love about this magical, bitter beverage. It's cheap, abundant, and has myriad physical...read more
There are a lot of words that offend, anger, or just irk me, but each and every one has a place in an author's work. Their appropriateness may be up for debate, but that's a contextual argument. It's very possible that the words are there to offend, anger, or irk the...read more
Is there anything more cliche than a traveling writer? (There might be, but I may just explode if I try to write it down.) Yet, long after it has ceased to be original, the trope of the traveling writer remains. Why? Well, the trope likely began when writing was a...read more
There is no way I would have finished my first novella without my dog. Sure, that looks a bit ridiculous, even to me as I write it, but that doesn’t make the fact any less true that there is no way I could have developed as a writer the way I have without the furry...read more
We’ve all seen them at the local Starbucks or equivalent: some jackass with a laptop, sipping on a latte, probably working on a screenplay. Or the Great American Novel, even if they’re neither in America nor American in the first place. They have that far-away look in...read more
While writing and publishing Into Stillness (which is currently in indie publishing purgatory), I’ve been thinking about meditation and how it relates to my writing. I’ve engaged in some form of meditation for the last twenty years on and off. That means I started in...read more
Technology rocks. My productivity has gone up a hundred fold since I started using smartphones. There a couple of computers hooked up through a few different routers around my house, and I'm rarely far from a screen. A Luddite, I'm not. But I still write many things...read more