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Rejuvenating Your Writing Hard Drive
by Kathryn Lay
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Sometimes the writer inside us
becomes frustrated with rejections, everyday business that keeps us from our
writing, and confusion over a current project. We may feel near overload, sure
there's a virus somewhere in our writer's soul, or ready to just shut
Try these 4 ways to rejuvenate and restore your
writing hard drive.
Take yourself for a long walk. If you are
having trouble with a project, get away from it and refresh your body and
soul. Find a park, nature center, or trail you've never been down before. Look
at it with a writer's eye and a curious soul. Walk fast and get your heart
racing. Walk slow and study the surroundings.
Read for fun, not research. Do you find that
lately most of your reading is to stay up with the area you are writing? Is it
research reading? Give yourself a break. Buy the most exciting looking novel
you can. Maybe it's in the same genre you write and love, but read it for pure
enjoyment. Or try something totally new.
Pull out old writing projects when new ideas
seem slow in coming. You may suddenly see a fresh approach to rewriting a
project you'd given up on ever selling.
Clean Out Unnecessary Files:
Is your writing area a mess? Maybe it's time
to organize. File those cover letters and rejections. Make a notebook or 3X5
file box of information on markets you've stuck on your desk.
Do you have 3 years of old writing magazines
stacked in a corner? Pull out articles you know you'll read again and put them
in a binder or file.
Are you so busy with the demands of others
that you have no time, energy or creativity left for your writing? Last year I
was heavily involved in my writer's group planning programs and writing
newsletter articles. I homeschooled my daughter. I was involved in activities
at my church. In November I made a commitment to cut back on any area I could
and say no to new ones that weren't necessary. In 6 months I tripled the
amount of writing sales I made all last year and broke into some large
magazines and many anthologies.
Update Your Hard Drive:
Do you keep journals? Read through them and
discover your hopes, dreams, joys and sorrows. Make a plan for your writing
future and find new ways to see those plans fulfilled.
Has your writing grown stale? Do you need more
memory? Maybe your writing hard drive is ready to grow in new ways. Have you
only written fiction in the past? Try writing magazine articles? Do you only
write nonfiction? Try a short story.
Add New Software:
Sometimes our writing soul needs something
new. A new challenge or new information. Take a writer's course. Read books to
encourage the writer soul, such as Anne Lammott's BIRD BY BIRD or
DEEP WRITING by Eric Maisel. Give yourself a writing boost with
THE ARTIST'S WAY.
Join or begin a critique group.
Attend a writer's conference. Come away with
pads of notes, new writer friends, and the name of an editor or agent you
Don't let your writer's hard drive crash. With
care and creativity, it'll give you many years of productive work and bylines in
new and exciting places.
© Copyright 2000, Kathryn Lay
Kathryn Lay is the author of 26 books for children, over 2000 articles, essays and stories for children and adults and the book from AWOC.COM Publishing, The Organized Writer is a Selling Writer. Check out her website at www.kathrynlay.com and email through firstname.lastname@example.org
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