Everyone has their own tried-and- true process for writing. However, writing fresh viscerals—involuntary physiological responses to external factors (like bad news)—requires a whole other skill set. It’s not one I’ve seen taught very often (Margie Lawson has some great courses and an Immersion cruise with Cruising Writers this December on viscerals), but I believe this particular skill set at the heart of every tip or strategy I’ve come across on ‘how to’ write emotion.
Have you noticed the “lean-in” effect when you talk about writing to a muggle? Or how muggles and other writers smile when you explain your story idea, hands waving all over as you describe a new world, new characters, and what tickled your interest with the story in the first place?
You know what that is, right?
Creative burnout is a scary thing.
You’re blazing along, doing your work, trying to reach that elusive mirage we call success, and then all of a sudden you come up empty. No ideas, no juice, no words. Or maybe you’re still writing but the joy has gone out of it and the thing you used to love feels like a chore. Maybe you even stop writing, or maybe you make yourself sick worrying and fretting that you’ve forgotten how to write.
This can be terrifying or depressing or both.
When you’re living for the next win, you keep your sights set on the high points, on those relative two seconds of when you’re at the highest tip of the roller coaster. And when you’re living for the win, the low points aren’t the thrill dropping, stomach plunge of real roller coasters. Nope. They suck.
The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only a page. – St Augustine
I believe that travel is the single best investment you can make as writer.
I remember the first time I travelled by myself – I was sixteen and already too tall to be comfortable in the cramped window seat. My mom was sending me to Nepal to spend some time with older sister. Forced bonding time because we hated each other.
The plane taxied down the runway, building speed for take off. The sound of the engines built inside the cabin and the vibrations rumbled through my bones. Fear and excitement twisted tighter and tighter in my belly.
I’m thrilled to have Kristen Lamb, our October cruise speaker and author marketing Jedi, visit with us today! She’s talking about one of my favorite things: REST and why REST is so so so so important to a creative’s life. Take it away, Kristen! by Kristen Lamb Rest is crucial, yet is often undervalued, mocked … Read More
Did you know travel is scientifically proven to activate certain parts of the brain that contain your creativity centers? And, experiencing new cultures, food, languages–new experiences in general–actually create new synapses in your brain, leading to…you guessed it – higher creativity. Smack some writing down in the center of those new experiences and you’ve got a pretty foolproof recipe for fresh writing and unique characters.
I’m so excited to introduce you to the fabulous Rachel Caine, our resident author for the October writing cruise. I was lucky enough to get to meet her at a book signing earlier this year, and she is incredibly knowledgeable, hilarious, and passionate about writing, uplifting other authors, and books. I cannot wait to cruise … Read More
There used to be an old blue house next door to my parent’s lakehouse, abandoned before my parents moved in. It was an interesting cobbled-together house with three roof lines and a long balcony that stretched out over the boat dock above the water. After some investigating, we discovered that the house belonged to a … Read More
Every writer, whether they’re starting the journey or standing atop the bestseller lists, feels like they suck at some point. Demeaning words fly through their mind: imposter, sucktard, fakeball, loser.