Today’s #WWoW! Writing Without Words

Writer's Words of WisdomA Smart & Savvy Group of Authors who write a weekly feature for their blog -Writer’s Words of Wisdom- each Wednesday. The goal is to impart what we’ve learned about writing, editing, getting published, book promotion, and more along the way.

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My WWOW today comes via inspiration from other authors. Obviously, my title is a bit misleading as one cannot actually write something without words, but what’s a writer to do when everything they envision just feels blah? How do you keep writing or editing when you’re sick to death of the story and characters because you’ve been living with them for ages? Every writer faces these problems at one time or another.

Just yesterday, I read a post by Donya Lynne, titled “What To Do When Your Novel Isn’t Speaking To You.” She shared some great advice to get back on track – well worth a read.

So what if you try those methods and still can’t write? I fall back on a quote from Harrison Ford in Star Wars:  “The Force is always with you— so force yourself.”

I know, I know. Not what you wanted to hear, but sometimes it’s the only thing left to consider when the alternative is not to write at all. Better you have dreck on the page to clean up and edit heavily than nothing at all.

Not convinced? Here’s another quote to ponder:

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”– Theodore Roosevelt.

Nothing = not writing. So? What are you writers waiting for? Go forth and write!

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Please check out the other authors participating in this week’s WWoW! and learn from them too.
Paloma Beck

Melinda Dozier

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About Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn

Carol Burnside is an award-winning author of the Sweetwater Springs series of contemporary romance with serious sizzle. Her personal second-chance-at-love story resulted in a marriage to her high school sweetheart of thirty-plus years. Also published in short stories, Carol’s novel length manuscripts have placed in numerous contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence. Writing as Annie Rayburn, she produces soft sci-fi and lite paranormal erotic romances which have been favorably received. Talk about cross-genre! Enjoy excerpts, review snippits, and more about her sexy Crainesian characters here on her website or connect with her on www.PetitFoursAndHotTamales.com.
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4 Responses to Today’s #WWoW! Writing Without Words

  1. PalomaBeck says:

    I say this all the time when asked for a single piece of advice for new writers. I couldn’t agree more. You just have to write. Often through the physical process of writing, the mental synapses begin to fire.

  2. Write about anything and everything. You don’t want to work on one of your projects, then start writing in a personal journal. Usually when your mind is occupied with something else, the projects you’ve set aside keep calling you back.

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