Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!!

by Andrea Dickinson
Happy Independence Day!

I hope you are all offline and enjoying this day with family and friends. And if you do happen to stop by the GRRWG blog today, here's a little list to keep you on track with your writing that I've paraphrased from an article on Oprah's website.

(Did you know she's started Oprah's Book Club 2.0?)

4 Reasons You're Not Writing The Book You're Meant to Write
(original article posted on Oprah.com)

1. You're waiting for a brilliant idea to hit you in the forehead.
Solution: Good ideas come to those who act. Start writing even if it's a "bad" idea for a story. The good ideas will eventually come along when you're willing to open yourself up.

2. You have a brilliant idea, but you freeze when it's time to put it on paper.
Solution: Let go of the fear of not being perfect. Accept the worst of yourself and let those bad sentences flow onto the page. By giving yourself permission to write badly, you're also giving your creativity freedom to write well.

3. You're so excited about your story idea that you can't help talking to everyone about it, but you aren't producing much on the page.
Solution: Direct that creative energy at your word count, instead of seeking instant gratification from the attention of those around you. Writing is a slow, long-term process. Train yourself to enjoy your satisfaction when the story is complete.

4. You are plagued by the nasty voice in your head asking, "Who the hell do you think you are?"
Solution: Turn off your inner critic. Feel the presence of something much bigger than you that loves and values you without reservation.


And finally, if you like to read your books in paper format, I'll thrilled to announce that Baltimore Heat is now available in PRINT!

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