Why Do You Write?

Why Do You Write?

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Maybe you’re going to write the “great American novel” and become rich and famous. Maybe only part of that is why you write. What are the motivations for writing and how much are they worth?

Some motivations are good, others won’t affect your writing at all, and some will help you fail as a writer. Let’s start with the three in the opening sentence.

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Take Your Writing to the Next Level

Take Your Writing to the Next Level

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Only a small percentage of writers take their writing to the next level. I’m sure there are statistics for each transition just as I’m sure the numbers are all over the place depending on the source. I’ll go with the fiction that 10% take the step to the next level.

What stage are you at in your writing?

Will you take the next step?

What are these steps?

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Eureka – You Know What to Write

Eureka – You Know What to Write

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Have you ever found yourself staring at a blank page and not knowing what to write? You had a good idea. You know there’s an article or short story there somewhere. Maybe even a whole book. But it’s not taking off.

What to do?

Gather Information

The first step is to make sure you have enough information. Is there something more you can read, research, or discuss with others that will clue you in? If so, go for it. But what if you already have everything you need to begin writing and it just isn’t happening?

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Writer on Fire’s 10 Most Motivational Articles

Writer on Fire's 10 Most Motivational Articles

Like most bloggers, I occasionally review my old articles to reduce the odds of repeating myself. There are a few I return to again and again because I find them inspirational. The following articles are the ones I return to most often.

Write More Daily

This one talks about finding more time to write and how to get more written in the time you have available.

Fourteen Ways to Create Multiple Articles

This is my most popular article so far. It describes how to maximize the number of articles you produce after researching a topic.

You Can Write Without Inspiration

Inspiration is overrated. Most writing gets done because of momentum, methodology, and motivation.

Pulp Fiction – Feast or Foul?

Describes how to write short pulp fiction as an exercise to help you write faster.

Five Ways to Reboot Your Article Writing

Presents five methods you can use to change your article writing strategy when you feel like you’ve fallen into a rut.

Nine Places to Get Article Ideas

I’m never short on ideas for articles. This article explains why.

Need More Articles? Write a Book

A short article. The title says it all. Writing a book on the same topic as your blog will inspire you to write more posts.

Prolific Writing Using Caidin Methods

This article goes against conventional wisdom by suggesting you write perfect copy on the first draft. It’s another writing exercise, not a method to use all the time. It could be a good method for writing you want to do but don’t expect to publish.

Prolific Pulp Fiction the Ryoki Inoue Way

Another look at using pulp fiction to increase your writing speed. This one suggests using the methods of the world’s most prolific writer.

Become a Master Writer in Only 10,000 Hours

It’s a cold truth that it takes 10,000 hours practice to become an expert at anything. For a writer, that may mean 10,000 pages. This article presents ways you can get those pages written faster.

These are not Writer on Fire’s 10 most popular articles. These are the ones I find make me write more. And that’s what it’s all about.

Article by Ivan Izo.

Cultivating the Writing Habit

Cultivating the Writing Habit

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If you don’t make writing a regular habit, you will never make it as a writer. Something else will take your break from writing as its opportunity to become more important. When you return to writing later, you’ll feel like you’re starting over.

To become a writer, you need to be a writer now. Make writing your top priority for at least part of every day. Do you say you can’t be a writer now because you have a full time job? Until you can earn a living writing, you will always need that job. Sacrifice is necessary if you want to replace that job with writing. Is your social life more important than writing? Is leisure and entertainment more important than writing? Are there 100 odd things that hold up your writing?

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Self Talk – I Am a Writer

Self Talk - I Am a Writer

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Self-talk is the voice in your head that almost never shuts up if it has a chance to talk. It is usually quiet when you are listening or reading, but even then it may interrupt. Unwelcome interruptions are called attention deficit. By itself, attention deficit is not a mental health problem. It happens to everyone.

The voice, of course, is just your thinking. You may believe that the thinking is you; that the thinking expresses your personality. But, not everything you are thinking is you. It is a combination of your personality, what you hear and read, what you think about what you see, what you are influenced to think about by other people, and your knowledge and memories.

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How to Establish a Strong Writing Discipline

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Discipline is not a wish to do something or even a need. Discipline is doing something no matter how you feel. Discipline is doing something because you have made it your number one priority. With a strong writing discipline, everything that stands in the way of your writing becomes roadkill on your writing highway.

Establishing a strong writing discipline may take no more than a change of focus from what is now primary for you. In extreme cases it may require a change of personality. You don’t need some complicated psychotherapy course to take you through the change. It’s easiest to keep it simple.

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How to Write When You’re Feeling Down

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It’s hard to be creative when you have the blues. Lucky for you, writing is mostly perspiration, not inspiration. If you’ve been writing for some time, practice may have given you the habit of continuing to write in any mood. I’ll assume that’s not the case or you’d be skipping this article. If you can’t generate new ideas when you’re down, the answer is simple. Work on writing you already have in progress. How does that work?

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Do You Need To Read Before You Write?

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I read a lot of both fiction and nonfiction. Three books a week on average and too many articles to count. Some authors say it’s bad if you need to read to write. Others say it’s absolutely necessary. I’m on the side of reading and I’ll tell you why.

You Were a Reader First

Every great writer was a great reader first. Like any skill, learning from those who came before is a big part of success. Reading teaches us spelling, sentence structure and how to put together an article or book.

While most books follow the same popular formulas, some great variations pop up now and then. For example, Cloud Atlas told the first half of several stories and then worked it’s way back out to the first story, finishing each. The more you read, the better your chances of finding some of those variations. You never know what ideas may work for you.

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Meme Your Way to Writing Success

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First off, I should say that a meme is an infectious idea. “One Person, One Vote” and “Might Makes Right” are both memes. A meme can be either good or bad for you.

You often pick up memes without realizing it. When a song gets stuck in your head, it’s a meme. It’s the same with advertising jingles. Are those the words you want to be thinking?

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