Part II. About writing….
8. You need to read (a lot) in order to learn how to write. Books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs provide insights into structure, cadence, language, and dialogue. You’ll get ideas, inspiration, and courage.
9. Weave writing into your life. Take a notebook or journal with you everywhere. Use it standing in lines, stopped at streetlights, drinking coffee in cafes, sitting in waiting rooms, etc. And block out time in your appointment system to write or it won’t happen. Time will not just open up – you have to carve it out, dedicate it, and then keep your word and do it.
10. Have a project in front of you, instead of just writing. It’s okay if the project morphs as you go. You may end up with something entirely different when you’re done, but it gives you a goal to work towards.
11. You have to be willing to be vulnerable to write powerfully. Writing is a vulnerable act in and of itself. Putting it out into the world takes it to a whole new level. When you think about the writing that has had the most impact on you, I bet it’s been open, honest, and personally revealing. You’ll probably want yours to be too.
More about writing in Part III.