Posts Tagged: psychology

How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 20

SAME OLD, SAME OLD I think of writing as a meditative state, where you enter a contemplative place that is still and quiet, even if the actual setting is noisy. And for a children’s author, it’s often easier to access a feeling and a voice, consistent with the age of your main character, while in… Read more »

How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 10

WRITING IS CIRCULAR, NOT LINEAR. I read linearly: Beginning, Middle, End. But the writing of my rough drafts is not a linear process. Some of my early chapters eventually end up at the end of my manuscript, and vice versa. Sentences, paragraphs, whole sections switch places with one another. Awareness of this circular, fluid process… Read more »

How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 9

WRITE LIKE ERNEST HEMINGWAY: Not what you think… One of the best tips I know is his: he used to stop his writing for the day just when things were going well. The next day he’d just pick up at that point and not have to wonder what to write. After that, the writing flowed…. Read more »

How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 8

KNOW YOUR OWN PROCESS I’m always examining my writing process, my very own psychology of writing. I believe every writer’s process is unique. I’ve learned to pay attention to aspects of my day, my mood, my environment, my habits that increase my productivity and/or enjoyment of my work. I look for patterns. I seem to… Read more »