Over time my views on different facets of writing have changed, in some ways contradicting other, previous posts on this blog:
Reading While Writing
Here’s my past view on this. Things changed from a quote by Stephen King. I don’t like King as a person thanks to a meeting years ago, but I still think he was right about this:
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. …”
I modify this a bit: I write –and read — fiction and non.
Each one uses different ‘muscles’, different genres. different styles.
So: I read both now, each with their respective style.
Work For Free
I posted two differing views on this here and here.
Well, I don’t write anything for free like Wil, with exceptions: I still write for the newsletter at work, this blog, and Medium… but when I join their Partner Program, I have a chance to earn on it.
I may seem wishy-washy, but I have a method.
Not everyone does this, so I’m not making this concrete advice — but you may find it helpful to put you in the writing mood…
To get into the mindset for writing fiction, this may seem redundant but try freewriting.
Here’s the Wikipedia entry on what it is.
Doing it is not hard:
Freewriting (Mood) How-to
icon for notepad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- Open up a simple Notepad (On a computer is good for this).
- Set a timer for 10 minutes.
- Just write for all of that time, whatever comes to your mind. No edits. Don’t worry about making sense.
- Don’t save it.
- When time is over, close the Notepad (or the paper if you wrote by hand.
The purpose is just to get your mental pathways open to writing after. It’s a warmup process.
I made a PDF of tools for this on Windows, Linux or Mac OSX. Join my list and I’ll send it to you. Update: it’s now a Checklist.