Archive for November, 2011

Learn a Foreign Language

Learning foreign languages is a practice I highly recommend for every writer. I recommend, if possible, to put yourself into an immersive environment where people don’t speak one word of your native tongue. You’ll start to notice a number of peculiar things happening when you do this. Speaking someone else’s language forces you to slow […]

Play Games

Great writers are feisty and competitive. They obsess over their writing. They continually refine it to make the words as sharp and effective as they can possibly be. They cleanse and feed their hearts regularly, making time for walks in the park and afternoons of painting. They do this because they know that it is […]

Admit to Your Hypocrisy

I would tell you to live what you write, but I don’t do that myself. Whenever your writing contains advice, take notice of any advice you give and don’t follow. Then, start following it. Hint: the advice you feel the strongest about is often the very advice you’re least likely to follow. The more advice […]

Writers Enjoy Inexhaustible Energy

Your physical energy is a good indicator of whether or not you are on the right track with your writing. When you feel tired and ready for a nap, you are thinking about the wrong things. When you are oriented in the right direction, you will feel a surge of positive energy that puts right […]

Writers Know Their Life’s Purpose

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked.” – Dr. Viktor Frankl, author, Man’s Search for Meaning If you’re struggling to motivate yourself to write, you’re not asking a big enough question. Don’t ask, “How do I get my story […]