When Your Writing Gets Boring

All of us experience this familiar phenomenon, we have been writing the same story so long we’re bored with it. No new ideas spring forth, only old ones. After a time we seem to be recycling our characters and our plots. We may not have full-blown writer’s block but we still have a problematic issue. We’re writing gibberish and ruining all our hard work, not to mention wasting time.

So what can we do to fix the problem and recharge at the same time? There are several steps involved. First is the traditional route of put your story away for a week or two and then go back to it? But what to do during that time? How do we use that time wisely? We recharge. Instead of giving up writing for that time, we write. The trick is to pick something very different from what we were writing before. If your character was sweet and kind, write about one who is cruel and heartless or vise versa.

Sometimes it difficult to come up with what we don’t know. What we do know is what type of person we are. That would be easy to write about. So spice it up. Instead of writing about what you would do in a given situation, write about what your exact opposite would do. The real trick becomes making that type of person grow and change but that’s the fun of it.

Lastly decide on a word count that won’t take long to write and stick to it. Make a goal of 1,000 to 3,000 words. In this way you are redirecting your creative juices while at the same time writing a short story that you can possibly sell for some extra income. Writing should always be fun and by doing this you are always ahead of the crowd.

The Writing Path

Publication is not for the faint of heart. There are many hurdles jumped through everyone of the takes time. It is a commodity that will not and cannot be a stingy one.

As with any business there are steps to being published writer first you must have something to say to know how to say it. Then there are two different paths to choose. Each is a busy throbbing partnering. One direction from the four belongs to the domain nonfiction all the other is reserved for flights of fancy, fallacy and fantasy. Like the writing, the direction you take is of the utmost importance.

If you go with nonfiction you can sell an idea but shall need to write a book proposal. If your heart throbs with fiction ideas you must first write to complete the book. No one will look at an idea in this arena.
Okay, you know what you’re writing and you’ve written what you have to. Either a book proposal or the completed manuscript is sitting on your desk. You have been accepted format in you get a few local people with good grammar spelling skills go over to, says the best can be. Good. Now it’s time to find agent.

All some of the smaller publishing houses will take “ unsolicited” manuscripts, the larger ones won’t. That means you need an agent who can talk to those people for you. If you have the right agent they will fight for you. They believe in you’re writing and their job is to sell it for you and get the best possible price. After all, they don’t get paid until you do, if the price is small than their pay is smaller yet.

So how do you get a good agent? Research, like anything else. Find out what they specialize in. What kinds of books have they recently sold? Will you are book look good in this line up?

Do not just look at the agent’s accomplishments. Look at them as a person. After all, if they agree to represent you you’re going to be working together. Is there something in their background that you can’t deal with? Do you have something in common? You have to walk away from your research with the idea that you found a good fit and possible friend.

All right. You found an agent. Now you need to write that all-important cover letter that will not only sell your book but you to the agent. Be personal. Don’t send a form letter! Let them know just by how you write that you did your homework. Just like there was a special format for writing either the proposal or book there is a format here to. It is important. If you don’t follow these qualifications you run the major risk that the agent won’t even read cover letter and if they don’t read that, they won’t read the other things you sent either.

Writing is a crapshoot. If you don’t have the facts or don’t follow through on them, you lose. The winning streak begins when an agent picks up the letter and grins. They found a new jewel. You find out because you don’t get a form rejection letter, you get an acceptance letter. Now sit back and take a deep breath. You did it. You got an agent. You’re on the way to publication. Now write that nonfiction book or smile if you wrote fiction because you’re done.

Find Your Writing Buddies

Most people think that to write is to be alone. This isn’t always so. Or at least it doesn’t have to be. Even the most solitary writer can find one person to share their work with.

In years past it was much harder to find such a person. Now with the advent of the computer and the regularity of Internet use, we can find people to connect with a lot easier. There are websites, blogs and chat rooms. Each one of these can be found that centers on writers and their writing.

If you really want to share, there are even online writers groups. Many cater to a single genre but there are plenty that have a well-rounded mixture. If this is not how you would like to share, look in your local newspaper. New and established groups are often advertised there and you are sure to find your writing home.

I can not guarantee that you will find your fit on the first round. You may have to try a few groups on for size before finding the one that most works for you. However in the end, you will find your place.

“Happy Writing!” If you truly want this life, you will find it. It’s all up to you.

3 Tips for Breaking-Out of Writers Block

So…It’s time to write…You stare at the blank page…You stare some more…Nothing is coming…You’re wasting time, you could be writing. But…You have no ideas…Sigh…

Ok, sit up. Stretch your arms out in front of you. Relax. Mentally reaffirm to yourself that you are a writer and that you’re going to write because now is your writing time.

If you still have no ideas, don’t worry. They are about to come your way. Guys, pick up your news paper. Gals, pick up your magazine. Now look at a picture. For now, don’t read the caption or the story. Now who does that person look like? Who do you think they are? What job do they look like they have? Now write about all the thoughts you just had.

All right. So, nothing happened. Now read the article. Do you agree or disagree? Why? What would you have done differently? What would have happened if that difference were introduced?

If somehow you’re still stuck, pick up a picture of yourself. What was happening around the time it was taken? What were you feeling? Why? What happened after? Write about this event in full detail first. When that’s done, fictionalize it. See what happens when your character has to deal with the situation. It’s a story now and anything’s possible.

While all writers get the dreaded writers block, they don’t all bow to it. They use tricks like these to break-out. Sometimes, what results is 10 times better than anything they could have planned. Next time you have the block, try these tricks or one of your own tips and see how quickly you’re back on the page. Kick writers block good-bye and welcome finished pieces.

You can do it!

Research 101

Research, its what any good writers find themselves doing on any given day. If you are like me, in the very beginning you thought choosing to be a writer was going to be a fun, easy job. You thought all you needed was a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. You’d sit down, put your finger to your forehead and think deep thoughts. Then you would translate those thoughts to paper and you’d have a wonderful story or article. It was going to be just that simple.

How long did it take before you found out you were dead wrong? Did you write an article and have someone you trusted read it only to have them tell you that your facts were wrong? Did you start out with a story and realize that you needed more information to give it depth and realism?

Like many of us, I was a novice. I thought writing to be easy and learned it was like any other full-time job. It took dedication, smarts and a lot of go power. These days I work on non-fiction in such varied subjects that I couldn’t possibly know were to even begin without researching it first.

History is good. There’s a lot we can know from school but there’s so much more that they never taught us. Our books told us of Orville and Wilbur Wright but they didn’t explain how that plane got off the ground. Sure we knew it had something to do with lift but did we really understand what lift was? I didn’t.

At the moment I’m working on strange occurrences in history. This requires my brain to travel on a different path than my fiction works. I have to learn. And let me tell you, its getting to be a lot of fun. My Internet connection is non-existent at home so I live in the library. The computer keyboard does quick rat-a-tat-tat talking as my fingers fly across the key and over at the circulation desk, a printer hums as page after page comes sliding down the tray. Dimes seem to fly from my pocket into the librarian’s outstretched hand as if by magic.

Research, it is a constant needed commodity. We go to garage sales and see books on our chosen subject and down the driveway it goes with us to our waiting cars. The library shelves become bare as we take dozens of books home to pore over in the wee hours of the morning. Internet links buzz and we read the word, searching…. flashes at us from somewhere in cyber space.

What would we do without research? Would we be capable of writing intelligent articles or books? Would anyone buy anything we wrote if we didn’t sound credible? Therefore, our foundation for any writing, be it poetry, children’s board books or a flight pilot’s manual is and always will be research.

Don’t give up on your dream of publication because you don’t know everything. Research it until you are the authority on your given subject. Remember that those who are authorities are the ones who did the same research you’re doing now. In the beginning they didn’t know anything either. So what are you waiting for? Pick up that book, type in that keyword or ask that question and get going. It’s research time!

Writer Help Websites

First Time Authors

Pascal Marco = Thriller

Pascalmarco.com

 

Chalene Lassig = Fantasy

Charlenelassig.com

 

Deanne L. Joseph = Biography

Paulsstory.com

 

Nicki Elson = Women’s Fiction

Nickielson.com

 

Writing Schools

Institute of Children’s Literature

Long Ridge Writer’s Group

 

Mystery Helps

Mysterywriters.org

Mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com

Thrillerfest.org

Romance Helps

Rwanational.org

romancejunkies.com

 

General Helps

Whispers and Warnings

Editors and Predators

Writerscafe.org

Authornation.com    (it’s free!)

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