Writing is a creative process, and like any such endeavor, it relies on inspiration. However, many writers perhaps don’t realize that inspiration alone is not always enough. Another element is needed. That element is discipline.
The ideal situation for a writer is to be flooded with great ideas, with words and sentences seemingly flowing out of nowhere. But sometimes this isn’t the case.Continue reading
Perfectionism is a psychological characteristic that makes you want to do everything in a perfectly orderly manner. There are a lot of people who consider themselves perfectionists, and everything they want to do should be just perfect.
Being a perfectionist may seem to offer a number of benefits such as being more organized and having an eye for detail, which in many professions is very important.
However, such a trait has its drawbacks. Perfectionism can also hamper your productivity in a number of ways.Continue reading
The notebook is such a classic part of the writer persona that nearly every single stock image with the keyword “writer” has a notebook in it.
And why not? They’re useful. Daydreaming is a crucial part of the writing process, and you’ve got to put those down somewhere or they’ll get away from you.
Any piece of text—be it a novel, a blog post, or a personal essay—is essentially an abstract link connecting a writer (or several of them) with an audience.
Unless the work in question is a highly unique piece of writing, such as an “eyes-only” report meant only for the CEO of a company, the audience is ideally expected to be as large as possible. Who would write the next “great American novel” wanting it to be read by a few hundred people, right?
Even on a more modest scale, blog writers understandably expect their texts to be read by as many people as possible. The same is true also for op-eds or, say, fashion articles.
But are all texts written for everyone?
The answer must be “no.” Whereas a writer of contemporary fiction or a current-affairs journalist probably writes having a fairly general audience in mind, reality is different for many other authors.Continue reading