3 Times My Brain Lied to Me about Writing

Writing is hard. Your brain is your best ally and your worst enemy. You need it to write, but Lord knows, it can kick you in the gut until you give up. The following list are feelings spurred on by my oh-so-loving brain. I’ve experienced all of them, and they are ALL WRONG. I want to believe that. I want to know deep down that I am none of those things, yet my mind tells me I am. This plays off my post from last week about approval and how demanding/expecting it from yourself is futile. But here I am, a week later, asking myself “Am I good enough? Do I belong? Do I even know what I’m doing?”

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4 Places to Find Story Ideas

Where does a story come from? Where do we get those lightbulb moments from? I’ve touched on this before in other posts, mainly referring to where my ideas come from. We each have our own methods if they can even be called methods. Here are some of the ways I’ve come up with story ideas.

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Approval Is Not You

Do you ever ask yourself why you bother submitting your short story anywhere? I am right now. Not because it’s bad or out of some belief that I never should have written in the first place but rather from a place of apathy. I don’t know the exact statistic, but the majority of submitted stories to any magazine or journal are rejected. That begs the question: why submit in the first place?

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Tightening Up Prose

Words have a way of making or breaking a sentence, or even a business deal or relationship. When you think about it that way, it’s a wonder people don’t choose their words more wisely, as the saying goes. Words, spoken or written, have been an important form of communication for centuries. You can communicate in other ways, art, gestures, and body language to name a few, but when two people get together, most of the time language is the relied upon form. So why don’t we think more carefully before we speak or write anything?

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Filing My Writing

I need a filing system, or some method of keeping track of all the bits and pieces of writing I do. I have no such method. I have notebooks and notebooks full, loose sheets of paper shoved in notebooks, between them, and nowhere near a notebook. I have a folder on my computer labeled “Writing.” But I have no idea what I’ve written if it wasn’t a novel or completed short story.

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A Much Needed Kick in the Butt

Recently, while with a friend, I lamented the fact that I have no discipline (a common topic on this blog!) to write anymore. I want it back. But what do I do about it? Nothing. It’s easier to wait for inspiration to strike. When it never does, we can blame it on our muse taking a break, or anything but ourselves. It’s easier. It’s easier to blame someone than to admit your mistake, your wrong, to admit your guilt and apologize to yourself for being such a slacker and disappointment to no one but yourself.

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