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“The beauty of art is that it comes from the heart.”― T.A. Uner

Quote of the day

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“There are two kinds of people in this world who never learn: those who always talk, and those who never listen.”―T.A. Uner

When Writers can’t write

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It happens to all of us. Suddenly our fingers don’t want to cooperate with our minds, and our passion for wordsmithing evaporates faster than a desert mirage.

So what do you do when the well of creation dries up? Take a vacation? Catch that new movie you’ve wanted to see? Clip your overgrown toenails?

Well…yeah. Duh! Just make sure you something that doesn’t involving writing. That’s what I’m doing now. I’m taking my mind off resuming my next project-which has been a novel I started way back in 2012-by doing something productive. Writing a blog post about why I can’t write right now. Whew!

Sometimes taking a break can do wonders. The worst thing you can do to yourself is force the issue and write something that doesn’t flow from the heart. And let’s be brutally honest here, writing is something that always derives from the human heart.

Listen, unless you’re a big-time writer with a deadline, you shouldn’t be worrying about why you cannot write.

Most of us will never cash a seven figure check for our writing efforts. I say this not to be negative, but to ground everyone out there in reality, so you can focus on treating your writing as a hobby, and not stressing over it for whatever reason impeding you.

Eventually you’ll get back behind your word processor, and the time spent away will have done wonders for your creativity. Writing doesn’t have to be stressful. Quite the opposite, it should be fun, and when it’s not fun anymore, that’s your cue to pursue another interest.

Quote of the day

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Here’s a quote from my new YA novel Guns And Dogs.

“Happiness isn’t something you pick up at the grocery store, nor is it something that comes to you at a certain age. It’s a trait that lives within all of us, and it flourishes when you begin appreciating the things in life we take for granted.”

Quote from Guns And Dogs

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Here’s a quote from my upcoming Young Adult novel Guns And Dogs.

“Happiness isn’t something you pick up at the grocery store, nor is it something that comes to you at a certain age. It’s a trait that lives within all of us, and it flourishes when you begin appreciating the things in life we take for granted.”

How to recharge your writing life

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I’m always reading how writing seems to be the answer for every problem in the writer’s life. Can’t write? Then go write. Can’t find a topic? Go write. Well that’s great that there are folks out there that can write a lot. If you’ve got a deadline to make, or a huge writing contract that requires you to write 24-7, then by all means, please disregard this piece of advice.

But what if you’re an indie writer that’s just doing it for passion? Well, that’s why I’m writing this post. This is for you.

Writing should be fun. It’s cliche, but it’s also the damn truth. The minute you start stressing over every word count it ceases to be fun and becomes work!

This is surefire way to kill your creative juices and damage your writing mojo. The solution? Easy. You take a break. Take a few days, or even a few weeks to recharge your batteries. But don’t go cold turkey. Work on an outline or an idea. Take a break without cutting yourself off from writing altogether.

Now some of you might disagree with this approach. And that’s fine. It’s a free country, but if writing is becoming a chore then you may wish to try it. I’m on a writing hiatus right now after completing the latest draft of my upcoming YA novel Guns And Dogs. And trust me, I haven’t betrayed my muse by taking an extended writing break. Hell, I’ve probably empowered my muse.

So give it a go folks. Your writing will thank you.