Monday, July 7, 2014

10 COMMANDMENTS

Even the most assiduous of emerging writers appear to fall flat on their writing face when the sun emerges. Over the course of the summer, I've met many of the writers I work with, both in person and online. The chat has generally concerned non-production. No writing, difficulty with words, words not coming, hitting a blank wall, writer's block - the list goes on and on. By the way, those excuses don't exist in the early stages of a writing career. All it means is that writers who are supposed to be writing are not.

We writers are good with commandments:
1. Work on one project at a time until it's finished
2. Don't even be tempted to start another project until you're finished the first draft of your current work
3. Work no matter what your mood - joyous, calm, sad, happy, angry
4. Work to your programme - not your mood - Note: Have a daily programme, say 2 hours or 1000 words
5. When you can't create, you can work.
8. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude
9. Forget what you want to write. Think only of your current project
10. Write first and always. Friends, Wine. Music. Theatre. Films - come after



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