10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1) Writing isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes work and if we’re writing about emotional topics, it can be mentally taxing. The hardest book I’ve written is my latest YA dystopian novel, Charged. It is filled with emotion and tension and difficult situations. In order to write it with some semblance of accuracy on human behavior, I had to emotionalize the story. I had to feel the emotions of the characters, especially Fira. I had to consider how my characters would react with each new piece of knowledge. What do they look like (i.e., facial expressions, hand/arm positions, etc.)? What do they feel? How do they speak? But even though it was hard to write, I’m glad I stuck with the story because stories like these need to be shared. That’s one of the reasons why I write. Another reason is that I'd be an extremely unhappy individual if I didn't. Writing is a compulsion for me....
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Writer’s Block – The Annoying ‘Thing’ That Keeps Me From Writing

Writer’s Block – The Annoying ‘Thing’ That Keeps Me From Writing

Writer's Block - The Annoying 'Thing' That Keeps Me From Writing Over the years, I've struggled to tell myself that writer's block doesn't exist. It's just a lame excuse that keeps me and other writers from doing what we do (or er...don't do) best. My philosophy behind this is, if I don't believe it exists, then it won't be an issue for me. And that worked beautifully... …up until I made it past the halfway point of my current work-in-progress (WIP). There was so much tension between the characters. It started with just two characters. Then it led to three. And now it's all four of my main characters. It was getting hard to focus. When it's a challenge to determine how a character would react (i.e., facial expression, hand movements/gestures, internal/physiological reactions, etc.), it's easy to get bogged down. When I write emotionally charged scenes, I have to visualize it. I have to get inside the character's head and see and feel what he...
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5 Ways I Get Inspired to Write

5 Ways I Get Inspired to Write

5 Ways I Get Inspired to Write One of the questions that readers often ask writers is, how do you get inspired to write? Inspiration to write can come from anywhere, especially in unexpected places and during unexpected times. Writers can wake up inspired by their dreams. They can get inspired walking on nature trails or washing dishes. There are many different ways to get inspired, and the methods aren’t always consistent. Sometimes one way works great one time but doesn’t work the next. And sometimes it works all the time. For me, though, here are my go-to fallbacks in case I’m feeling uninspired. 1. Brainstorming Brainstorming details for a particular story that I’m working on tends to be my best method for coming up with more ideas to get me through the writing process. Whenever the writing stops flowing, I’ll get out my notebook and start posing questions about what happens next. I also find it helpful to keep coming up with new ideas because it...
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