Nothing draws us into a piece of writing like a scene, a piece of life, real or made up. Even if you are trying to make a point, a story is the best way to get that point across.
“Where do writers get their ideas?” is the wrong question. Idea generation need not be such a mystery.
If you are looking for an idea to write about, or for a way to clarify your ideas on a particular subject, pick a fight. Start a heated discussion with the thoughts of another in the seclusion of your writing desk in order to get the juices flowing. Pick somebody big, somebody tough.
Our emotional response to the writing while the writing is in progress may get in the way of getting the work done.
The development of your writing ability depends on your willingness to be exposed to the writing of others in large quantities over a long period of time. If you won’t and don’t read what others write, you won’t improve your writing.
One of the terrible facts of modern life is that almost all of our available time has already been claimed. This is how we create and reclaim time to do something meaningful and productive.
Why is it we want to reward our good behavior by giving ourselves permission to engage in the bad behavior that we are trying to leave behind?
Seth Godin said something interesting on his blog this last Monday.
It doesn’t really matter what he said. What matters is that he said it.
There’s not a bunch of media attention payed to stories about people who look back on their early selves with gratitude.
That really should change, if not in the cultural conversation as a whole, at the very least in our personal vocabulary.
Judy Carter is a comedian turned public speaking teacher. And she is great at both.
But I think her real genius shows in how she discovered her working niche in this world.