Write because you have to.
If you don’t have to, don’t write. Because … you don’t have to.
Don’t write because you want to be a writer. Writers don’t write because they want to be writers; they write because they have to.
Don’t write because you want to make money as a writer. Very few writers earn a living writing. Money is nice if you wind up getting it, b...(more)
For me, its most useful to make lists, which are largely based around free associating.
Say I start with a sentence like "Her fear was paralyzing." It's not a very sensual image. It's barely an image at all. It certainly doesn't make me feel fear or paralysis. I need a metaphor to punch it up--to help the reader have an experience and empathize with the w...(more)
I write a list of my ideas and responses to the question, researching when necessary and adding relevant facts and quotations to the list. If the question was "Why does Hamlet avoid killing Claudius?" the list might look like this:
- religious qualms: is ghost real or demon?
- no experience killing people
- fear of going to hell
- I'm hungry
- didn't I answer ...