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How to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write

Question mark - Courtesy Horia Varlan | flickr

Courtesy Horia Varlan | flickr

By guest blogger Sue Mitchell

Oh, the irony! I suggested to Milli that I write a post about not letting questions and uncertainty stop you from writing, and here I am staring at the blank electronic page, stymied by the question, “How should I start?”

I know I’m supposed to grab your attention right away, but how? Totally stuck on that. In fact, I’ve been wandering around asking myself that question for a couple of days now, ever since I agreed to guest post on Unleash Your Writing! and suggested this topic. What was I thinking?

Take note: I am writing. Even though I still don’t know the answer about how to start.

And, as it turns out, starting with a real-life example like this makes a lot of sense. Good thing I went ahead and started!

In my work with creative folks, I’ve identified Continue reading

Writing When the Spirit Moves You

By guest blogger Marilyn Agee

Please help me welcome one of my students from the Ace Your 10K Day! online course, Marilyn, with her amazing 10K Day experience. ~ Milli

Mikey Dog with Magic

Mikey Dog (front)
with his friend Magic

I’ve had a book about my dog, Mikey, in my head for a long time. When I was in Milli’s coffeehouse workshop, writing from her story prompts, I began to gear all my stories around my remembrances of Mikey, who is no longer with us. This creative writing gave me a lot of preparation for the 10K day.

When the day finally came, I couldn’t write fast enough! The stories were all in my head and all I had to do was type. That was back in June 2009, at my very first 10K Day. So that day I was successful, reaching 10,174 words. Never to achieve 10,000 words again.

Milli’s online course prepared me for my April 2012 10K experience. I knew what I wanted to do. Continue reading

Lucy Van Pelt’s Cutting-Edge Advice to Writers

By guest blogger Caroline Lilyard

Please help me welcome one of my students from the Fear of Writing online courses, Caroline, with her humorous take on life after graduation. ~ Milli

Lucy Van Pelt - The Doctor Is In bookmark

The Doctor Is In

“I can spot these writing types a mile away,” thought Lucy Van Pelt, as she watched the woman walk toward her booth. “Think they know everything; think they’re special because they have fear. Oh, I’m so sensitive, so artistic,” she said mockingly. “Well, whoopdee-frickin’-do, like nobody else but creative types are scared to do new things. Puhleeze. Get a grip.”

Lucy checked her facial expression and sat up straighter. In truth, she only charged five cents for her psychiatric help so there was an exchange. It’s not like she could buy much with that. She was providing a public service. Continue reading

Are You Emotionally Ready for a Critique? Two Ways to Know

By Milli Thornton

In my work with students in the Fear of Writing Online Course, I’ve had boatloads of writers come to me for healing from bad critique experiences.

Some of these situations cannot be avoided (for example, a few college professors out there can be particularly destructive—but if you want a passing grade you just have to swallow it). However, writers will sometimes inflict critique scenarios on themselves when they’re not ready. Continue reading

Woody Allen’s Sensational Success Tip for Writers

Who is this guy, Woody, and why would he have any worthwhile tips for writers?

Wikipedia tells us that “Woody Allen (born December 1, 1935) is an award-winning American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, and playwright, whose career spans over half a century. He is also a jazz clarinetist who performs regularly at small venues in Manhattan.”

Impressive. Woody has his own page on Wikipedia. But there’s nothing remarkable about that, right? After all, he’s famous. He was born to have his own page on Wikipedia, right?

Wait a minute. Continue reading