Dear Literary Ladies

How do you develop the discipline to write?

By | On Nov 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dear Literary Ladies,
Some days, I just can’t find the resolve to work. I could blame all sorts of distractions and interruptions, but maybe it’s the discipline I lack. If words don’t flow right away, I’ll get up and find some fine excuse not to stick with it. How do you develop the discipline to just sit down and write? Read More→

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How do I get into the mood to write?

By | On Nov 08, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dear Literary Ladies,

Some days, I’m just not in the mood to write, even if I can find the time. I’m tired, preoccupied, distracted — I can find any number of reasons not to get started. How do you get into the mood to write?

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work … In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.

— Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)

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Dear Literary Ladies.
It’s always fascinating to discover how those of you who succeeded so brilliantly went about the basics of the practice of writing. Can you share some quick insights on how you developed plots and characters? Read More→

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Dear Literary Ladies,
Do you think it’s a good practice to keep a journal? What did you use your journal for, and how did it benefit your writing practice? Read More→

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Dear Literary Ladies,
How can you guage, in the midst of writing, if your work is any good? It’s so hard to be objective, and see the forest from the trees. Should I compare my writing with that of other writers I admire? Read More→

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