Whether you like your caffeine in a colorful mug, an espresso cup, or an IV, most of us can agree that coffee is fantastic.
1. You will get high on writing. Then you will crash.
Just as we always somehow believe that burst of energy from our sixth cup of coffee will never fade, we believe the high of a new story will carry us through the entire project. A new place, new characters! The initial excitement consumes us, and we can’t imagine the story ever becoming work. But it will.
We’re tempted to have another cup of coffee, but we know that caffeine is a temporary fix. We need something real, something substantial. That first writing high is great, but when it wears off there should be something left to carry us through the story. For me, it’s usually a deep-seeded obsession with my characters. Whatever it is, it needs to run deeper than excitement. A reader knows if the writer was in love with the story.
Yes, I mourn for David Bowie and Alan Rickman. I will not apologize.
As we mourn the loss of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, two artists who have had immense impacts on the lives of people throughout the world, a lot of positive memories arise. I have seen personal stories, quotes, interviews, and images celebrating the lives and artistry of these two men.
Unfortunately, there is bound to be negativity mixed into such an already sorrowful moment.
I was nominated by Morgan Ré for the Versatile Blogger Award! Morgan participated in the recent Sunday Writers Link Party. Her blog is full of great advice (and relatable anecdotes) for writers, and her tweets are always relevant and inspirational—you should follow her.
I love anything that brings bloggers and writers together so I am excited about this. Any opportunity to show appreciation for each other is welcomed. The writing community can be competitive, but we are a community, and taking a moment to acknowledge and support each other only makes us stronger.
Just a note: Please do not link and run! Take a moment to read and comment on others' blog posts. This is about forming relationships and community.
UPDATE: Templates for the organization files below are now included in each welcome email for the Writing Pack. Enter your email below to receive the following:
Tips for keeping your writing and submissions organized!
For many people, “get organized” is at the top of the New Year’s Resolutions list. And for writers, organization should always be a priority. (You can’t lie to me—I know how we are.) Finding a system and sticking to it was key to my personal productivity. So I’m going to show you how I stay organized, and hopefully it will give you ideas or inspire you to find your own method of organizing the madness.
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