1. Let the Crazy Child Write by Clive Matson
It’s terribly beatnik in style and gives me permission…
for whatever I write and however I write
2. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster
Analyzing how the great’s do it helps me limp into that realm
of being an intentional writer
3. Setting aside writing times and places
One example, Sunday morning at the market,
coffee, same breakfast, same chair.
This hour or two belong to me.
4. Doing it my way (sing it, Frank!)
There are all kinds of edicts out there
– X # of words per day, etc.
I have a career that I love and that provides a paycheck,
so I’m not writing for the money.
That means I am the boss over this gig!
5. Wearing high heels
What? It makes me feel good and that confidence
translates into my writing.
6. Married my writing partner
This actually tops the list. We encourage each other,
bounce ideas, offer suggestions, play editor, make coffee,
whatever it takes to keep us both in the words.
7. Read other writers
I avoid reading too much of things that are similar in
style and genre to my own writing because it keeps me from
the toxicity of comparisons.
There are always those who are better at the craft
and that can lead to despair.
Likewise, there are those who have underdeveloped
writing talents and that gives birth to ego.
I read and adore the greats of lit -
keeps me in the language of great writing.
And, of course, I read for the pure joy of story.
What do YOU do to boost YOUR personal writing process?
Please, please, do share!