Ever find yourself happily writing along and then, suddenly, you’re stumped on what should come next? When I start a scene, I usually have a general idea of the direction I’m going and how it will end. But occasionally, my characters take me in a new direction or the ending I had in mind feels insufficient.
This happened to me recently. An ending to a new chapter left me feeling uninspired. And, worse, I couldn’t think of a better ending. Every idea I thought of felt forced.
In my writing room is a set of Tarot cards. I don’t know how to read the tarot, but I purchased them because of their beautiful pictures. Plus, I’d heard another writer say that she used them when she needed inspiration in her writing. At the time, I thought it was pretty silly—am I really going to incorporate a Price of Cups or Queen of Wands into a story? Read more
As a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. One of the sayings she is known for in our family is: “Any dog can be thankful.”
With that in mind on this day of Thanksgiving in the USA, I want to thank all of our faithful and supportive followers at onewildword.
Today, I’m highlighting three followers who inspire me with their words and content. And thanks to all our readers for being part of our community.
Cast Light is a great source of inspiration. I particularly enjoy this call to action. And especially for those who are in the midst of NaNoWriMo, find a burst of energy in this post about finish lines.
If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you know how much we advocate reading. Jane Fritz’s post about a balanced reading diet is excellent food for thought.
You have to love Scripts & Scribes (@scriptsscribes), a free writer’s resource website. Find some writerly insight by listening to their interviews from top professionals in publishing, film & TV, theatre, and comic books.
Congratulations! If you’re participating in this year’s Nanowrimo, today is day one of your writing success.
To help you along the way, below are two inspirational treats:
Bestselling author and writing mentor Bob Mayer has a great blog that he’ll update during the month with more posts for us Nanos. This post is about what to write.
For a quick 3-minute break to lift your spirits listen to Nanowrimo A Capella here:
Below are two blog posts I found particularly inspiring and enlightening in my writing life this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer’s post from last year: Pay the Writer makes so much sense. He writes about how we teach others how to treat us. This is true whether you’re speaking at a writing conference or setting aside quiet time to write at home. The video by Harlan Ellison is a hoot.
From last month, a post by my blog partner, Carly Sandifer, about finding inspiration in a commencement speech given by author Neil Gaiman.
Story ideas are everywhere but how do you find one that can sustain and excite you through the long process of writing an essay, novel, or even a short story?
Here are three earlier blog posts (including some exercises) to help you find what works for you:
Don’t write what you know, write what sets you free
Write to your white-hot center
Stuck on what to write? Consider these big ideas
I’m a writer who appreciates being able to connect to a community of other writers. Some days I’m in the flow and fine working on my own. Other days, I need that extra little nudge. This week, I found three posts to help me stay connected:
Michael Haynes’ “Write Every Day,” shares a tip for keeping ourselves on track with our writing goals. I use this same tip to track writing contest entries.
David Farland’s, “Ten Reasons Why I’ll Quickly Reject Your Story,” has tips to keep in mind when writing any kind of story.
Author Bob Mayer has a page of five short video clips taken from his writing workshops including clips on “What to Write” and how to achieve “Conflict Lock” in your novel.