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Writer, Need Inspiration? Here Are Three Ways To Get It

Oh yeah, I’m still barely functioning so I’m sorry there’s no article from me. But I hate leaving this blog unattended. So I am sharing other people’s wisdom, enjoy this article by Robert Evenhouse at ParttimeNovel.com. Be patient with me, unless I suddenly drop dead, I will be back.

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If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve been there – the dark forest of writing.

There are no words here, no progress, only suffocating doubt and self-loathing. Every writer has experienced this before and just when we think this feeling will never surface it’s ugly face again, there it is.

Getting stuck is easy.

Stopping halfway through a book is normal.

But how do you get unstuck?

Are there elements that a writer can incorporate into their life so that these valleys are few and not as dark and deep?

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Yes. Here are three ways to get inspired again. These will also reinforce the writer that is on the mountaintop of inspiration.

FIND A SCENIUS

Austin Kleon is a connector. He repackages ideas and makes them accessible. One of his ideas is described in his book Show Your Work!. It is the idea of Scenius

He claims…

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How To Finish Your Writing Projects

Today I wanted to share someone else’s wisdom!  So please check out this post about finishing writing projects from my friend and fellow writer Robert Evenhouse over at PartTimeNovel.com.

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Last week I listened to a podcast about creativity. In it writer Jeff Goins and Dr. Keith Sawyer discuss how creative people function and the contents of Dr. Sawyer’s book Zig Zag. One idea they mentioned was that writing or creativity does not have to be perfect. But there should be movement from one project to another.

Besides fear, this is one of the main issues I have with writing. Battling the urge to make a billion tweaks until it reaches perfection versus sending out projects before they are finished is a weekly struggle.

I forget that having a process means that some of my writing will work and some will fail and whatever form of failure I feel is not a reflection of me. Finishing anything – a book, a blog post, a book proposal – is an opportunity to learn how to write better.

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The trouble is that I thought any writing process needed to be straightforward…

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