Ideas come to writers like a slap in the face; characters crop up like imaginary friends, the need to write things down is ever present.
But even though writers follow signs, feelings, urges and impulses…
Here are 5 urges you can’t ignore:
- The urge to write about yourself
No matter how insignificant or how extreme an event in your life happens to be, if the urge is strong enough to write about it then there must be a reason.
- The urge to put aside a story that is going nowhere
If a story has gone cold, lost its way or lost your attention there is nothing wrong with giving that story a rest. It’s not like leaving a baby in the woods to die. You will return to the story one day and in the meantime a really great short story might see the light of day.
- The urge to hold back from self-publishing
I know more than a few writers who self-published and wished they had gone through at least one or two rewrites first. And then there is the slow but rewarding road of looking for an agent and trying the traditional publishing route. Yes, it’s hard and self-publishing, although not a snap, is easier. Weigh the options.
- The urge to try a new genre
What do you have to lose? If you like reading a genre that you have never written trust yourself to try your hand at writing something in that genre. No one will come to your door from the Fantasy or Science Fiction or Romance League and order you to cease and desist. Go for it. (Screenplays, poetry, and plays – the path is wide open)
- The urge to question criticism
Hell yeah. It’s great to share your work with others and take what they say when it sounds right. After all, feedback is an incredible tool for refining a work in progress before a writer lets go in a final draft. But when a criticism feels wrong and subjective let it go. You don’t have to let everything people say influence your writing.
Say “thank you” and move on.
No matter what, never lose to urge to keep writing.
Christina for Penpaperwrite
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