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when we were little
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they were cigarettes
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i remember the nights
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watching my digits
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or quietly keep their head down
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behind it was a little child
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|Tee hee, literature and stuffs...|
While most of you would agree the most important part of writing is the words itself, a lot of what makes a good author is their authorship habits. What are these? you may ask. Some basic good authorship habits include:
Getting “in the zone”
Committing to work
Eradicating writer’s block
Reaching an audience
Working the way that works the best (for you and for your work)
There’s some good news and some bad news in this case:
The bad: Managing the machinery behind your brilliant work is often more difficult than it seems. I generally have a hard time following good writing habits too.
The Good: We can improve on our habits. There are steps you can take, ways to organize your thoughts, and methods by which to draw inspiration from everything around you. So take a glance at some of these tips to help improve upon the the points of the above list.
Instead of my famous painfully long tutorials, I’ll simply let myself drone on for a little bit about how to be a better author by addressing those points.
Like the fastidious housecat, I prefer the conditions of my environment to be perfect in order to work. The room should be a reasonable 25° Celsius, I often don a blanket or oversized coat, and I like to sit on a pillow or bed so I don’t ache after hours of dormancy. When I’m drawing or painting I’ll put in earbuds, but when I’m writing I don’t like music at all.
These are my ideal conditions. I usually can’t focus until they’re met. When everything falls together like this, I’m what I like to call “in the zone.” It means I can’t be easily disturbed and I have an impenetrable fort in which I can think fluidly. Everyone needs a “zone” to function to the best of their ability. But how to find one?
Try experimenting with different conditions. Does it help you to close the blinds? How about working on a laptop vs. a desktop computer? Raise or lower the temperature of the room and see how it affects your work efficiency and thought process.
In order to stay inspired, you must first ask yourself this: What inspires you? What is your muse, so to speak, the thing that compels you to write, draw, sculpt, or whatever you do in the first place?
Some things I draw my inspiration from are music, other people’s conversations, and locations, for example. Find out what makes you create.
Got it? That thing, or those things, perhaps, that inspire you? Now I would suggest isolating yourself from everything that might distract you and just soak in your inspiration. Keep an open mind for everything that might come your way, don’t get sucked into mind-numbing discussions or other uninteresting things. Keep to the things you love and free up your senses to absorb everything about it.
If you practice this daily, simply spending time using each of your senses to experience the things that inspire you, you’ll find it easier to find things to write and, hopefully, enjoy writing more.
If you’re anything like me, you procrastinate. A lot. And if you’re anything like me, you’re also somewhere short of five and a half feet and are rather not fond of oranges. But that’s beside the point. If you don’t procrastinate, great! You can skip this section and move on. But I’m willing to bet a lot of you find it hard to staple yourself to your work for too long. I find it particularly hard, so I’m here to help myself as well and I can only hope it works.
It’s happened to us all before. We’re sitting in front of a piece we started a while back, but just don’t have the courage to work on it anymore. We’re starting to think, Hey… Maybe I should just start something new. By all means, you’re welcome to, but it’s getting you nowhere if you can only make it through half a story before you lose interest and start writing a new one.
So here are some techniques to help with that pesky feeling halfway between writer’s block and a lack of motivation:
Get rid of distractions like internet or your phone. The greatest enemy you can have at this point is even less commitment to your work. Once you don’t have any more excuses to procrastinate, it will be more difficult to.
Force yourself to spill the contents of your mind onto the paper. Don’t bother making it detailed, just sketch the bare minimum of it and go back later to beef it out.
Write down snippets of ideas you might have on a separate paper or document and find ways to work them in.
Find an aspect of what you’ve written that interests you and simply work on that. It’s way easier to write about something you like than what you need to. Hopefully that will get the juices flowing.
Be patient with your writing. Eventually you’ll be able to write more. Take small snack breaks or naps and when you come back, things will run more smoothly.
You know the old saying, “Critique is an author’s best friend.” Or maybe that’s not it. Maybe it has something to do with diamonds… Either way, this saying is the mantra we’ll live by for this short section, and it’s got a bit more behind it than you’d think.
What is critique? Why do we have that ‘request critique’ option when we upload our art? Maybe you don’t like critiques, maybe you only like kind ones, or maybe you want the harshest critique you can get. Whatever your situation, critiques help improve our writing. What are the components of a good critique?
An overall opinion of the work (I liked it/I think I’d like it more if…)
What you liked (This bit here is really good)
What you maybe didn’t love (I didn’t dig this, but it’s your story. It might work.)
What you didn’t like (I don’t think you should name him “Chester ‘Ringworm’ Alberta III.” How about “Thomas”?)
Quick things like typos they could fix (I noticed you wrote “there” instead of “they’re”)
Some suggestions for future reference (Next chapter, you should have her speak more.)
A more detailed overall opinion of the work (Overall, I thought your diction and dialogue were excellent. You also have a good understanding of the theme of morality vs. nature.)
If you can’t take critique, you’ve got a problem. It’s difficult to improve without knowing the areas you should be improving and how to be better at improving yourself. A good writer not only welcomes critique, but builds off of it and uses that knowledge to tell themselves where to improve the next time instead of waiting for someone else to.
Egads! What’s the thump in the hallway, the creature lurking under your bed, the demon crouched in the closet? It’s ‘the block,’ better known as Writer’s Block. An artist’s worst nightmare! Or at least it should be. But now you don’t have to worry! With my patented ‘Block-Be-Gone,’ you simply spritz your brain and you’ll be monster-free. You’re lucky, grasshopper, that you’ve stumbled upon this tutorial, because instead of needing to buy a can of Block-Be-Gone, I’m including the recipe, free of charge! All you need is:
1 cup inspiring material (A trip into the city? An episode of your favorite show?)
1 chapter each from 3 good books
1-2 cups favorite beverage
1 comfy blanket
5 good songs
-30+ minutes of brain-stimulating activity (puzzles, riddles, building something)
-Rest brain for 10 minutes
-Write as long as you can
[Repeat if necessary]
While I’m not one for sympathy, I do know one thing: If the writer puts him/herself in the reader’s shoes, he/she will (nearly) never have doubts as to the effect of their writing on the audience.
Now what does that mean?
I define “reaching an audience” as displaying its message so the reader can easily answer the question, “Now, what was the point of that book?”
Take Harry Potter, for example. If the book didn't reach its audience, it would be described as simply “the adventures of a wizard boy and his pals.” But it’s not just that, is it? If you've read the series, or seen the movies, you would be able to tell it’s a story about loyalty and bravery, and the lengths we’d go for our friends.
So take a minute, just a bit, to answer that question, “what was the point of that book?” If you can’t, you’ve yet to reach the audience.
Write about the things you love, find your own style, and give your work a purpose--a project--to do, whether it’s teaching the world about human rights or questioning ethical obligations. Be inspired by what you’ve found inspires you the most and do things for the heck of it.
For your work:
Commit to your work like a healthy marriage, keep yourself in top mental shape, and find your perfect conditions. Improve at your own rate and break free of the jello-mold books you see everywhere these days.
And as always,
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