This morning, StumbleUpon brought me to Timothy Sweeney’s Internet Tendencies: “The Ultimate Guide to Write Better Than You Normally Do.” After reading it I realized, how can I write better when I am not even writing at all? Feeling inspired to reconnect with my writing core, I transformed to a night owl with purpose and made a new logo, website and blog. I finally plan to stop talking about writing and start doing it, forever.
Below I have identified Sweeney’s essential tips with my immediate reactions and/or areas of weakness.
- Write every day
Do the undeniably entertaining and witty emails that I send on a daily basis not count? Drats.
- Don’t procrastinate
Define procrastinate in one word…Netflix.
- Fight through writer’s block
One cure to writer’s block? StumbleUpon.
- Learn from the masters
I take it you don’t mean Zeus…Okay, Hunter S. Thompson?
- Find your muse
Found it, but the challenge is writing without it.
- Hone your craft
This blog is starting that.
- Ask for feedback
I suppose criticism is one thing I'm good at receiving. I just need to ask for it.
- Read, Read, Read
Does 50 Shades of Grey count? Kidding, that book was terrible. I'm currently ingesting Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompsan...the true Gonzo Journalist.
- Study the rules, then break them
Emmeline Pankhurst, pioneer for women’s rights in the UK, said it best, “We are here not because we are lawbreakers; we are here in our efforts to become lawmakers.” So, to be a literary pioneer, I must rebel and rewrite the written protocol. Done. Easy.
- Keep it together
Like a piñata at a birthday party versus a piñata at a birthday party in a mental hospital. Got it.
And so it begins...