When you first start writing you’re going to suck, and so it’s kind of good to keep it to yourself until maybe you don’t suck as much.
This is post 2 of 2 in the series “2018 Sticky Books” All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr This is the best novel I’ve read in a long time. That’s not to say I haven’t read many good novels over the last few years. All the Light We Cannot See is […]
Writing your very first story is an incredible rush of adrenaline for the mind. You’re so exuberant and full of energy, you twist and you turn in your mind, trying to keep up with yourself. Creative writing is one of the most beautiful things that humanity has ever done. So why should we not pass on this talent and gift to the next generation?
“You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?”
You might think that writing your first novel is as easy as sitting down at your desk and simply getting on with it. While that is largely true, you will also find that you will need some other important items to help you get through all that work.
You will really benefit from investing in a few handy items and some useful equipment that can make the whole writing process a lot easier for you. We’ve compiled this handy list to help you out. If you are an aspiring author, you could really do with the following items.
Shoot your shot, friends. That’s all you can do. If it doesn’t work out, if you miss, that’s okay. It’s all apart of the process. Put yourselves out there and make the glorious mistakes that are uniquely yours. Write your story.
14. Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
15. If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
16. What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens…
As I write this I am recovering from my 5th surgery, which I just had yesterday, though by the time you read this, it’ll be months after the fact. For some surgeries, while you may be in pain and may not be eating much, if at all, you could still be capable of doing writerly things. Other surgeries have harder recoveries, and you may not have the mindpower to write as you did before the operation. If you’re going to undergo an operation in the future and worry you won’t be able to do writerly things, I have some tips for you.
A helpful framework for counteracting the most common brainstorming pitfalls is called the four pillars of brainstorming. The concept of using the four pillars when brainstorming creative ideas was developed by Alex F. Osborn, an advertiser who coined the term “brainstorm” in the 1940s. His formula suggests going for quality, withholding criticism, welcoming wild ideas, and combining and improving ideas. These tactics can be used to create a brainstorming environment that all types of employees will excel in time and time again.