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The #1 Mindset Trick For Writing Longevity (And Success)

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The writing life is tough: It can be hard to stay motivated when you’re slogging along, alone, with nothing but the company of your rejection letters and the world’s tiniest violinist playing sad music outside your window (okay, maybe not that last part).

 

If your goal is to be a career writer (that is, a writer who makes a career out of words), here’s one trick that many successful writers found useful, even when they were just starting out, even when there was nothing to indicate that they had a future as a writer.

 


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How to Be a Writer: Hemingway’s Advice to Aspiring Authors

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"As a writer you should not judge. You should understand."

Ernest Hemingway has contributed a great deal to the collected advice of great

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 14, 2013 1:47 AM

Ernest Hemingway has contributed a great deal to the collected advice of great writers, from his famous admonition against the dangers of ego to his short and stellar Nobel Prize acceptance speech. But some of his finest wisdom springs to life in this excerpt from his 1967 nonfiction piece By-Line, found in the altogether excellent Hemingway on Writing (public library) — a compilation of the celebrated author’s most insightful meditations on the craft, culled from his published works and his private letters. Writing as “Your Correspondent,” abbreviated to “Y.C.,” Hemingway addresses the archetypal aspiring author, nicknamed “Mice,” and offers this characteristically wise-in-a-no-bullshit-way advice on becoming a writer:

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How to Be a Writer: 210 Tips

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Do you wonder how to be a writer? These 201 tips will help you become the writer you were born to be.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, September 11, 2013 2:31 AM

The tips are organized into different sections:

How to create a successful mindset.How to develop your craft of writing.How to establish good writing habits.How to approach professional development.How to become a better writer.How to become more creative.
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A writer’s guide to writing

Humans have always been interested in story telling. Everyone has a story to tell. Sure, not all stories are page turners or epics that burst with excitement (Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, for example), but they are still stories that need to be told. I find all stories to be worthwhile, even if I can’t finish them. It is still a story. Whether you know it or not, you too have a story to tell. My love for stories has grown from readership to authorship. Two books later, here I am at Gustavus, ready to further enrich my craft.

When it comes to writing a book, anyone can do it. It takes discipline, commitment, a lot of creativity, and ingenuity. If you want to write a book, you need to make sure you have those things. If you think you have what it takes, here’s a start-up manual.

First, I’m going to clear up one of the biggest myths of the whole book writing process: you need to have inspiration to write a book. False. In the words of the best-selling author Malinda Lo, “If you wait for inspiration to strike before you sit down to write, you’ll probably never finish a damn thing … The only thing that determines that is your own sense of discipline.”

Inspiration helps a lot, but a good writer can produce their own inspiration if they have what it takes. What a writer really needs, however, is dedication that they can really use to drive themselves forward. To be successful, develop the discipline you need to move forward and potentially finish your book. Come up with an idea first, and make sure that you are willing to spend countless hours working with and molding it into a concrete story.

The next step: make a plan. It doesn’t need to be bulletproof because it is going to change. Don’t focus too hard on coming up with complex ideas or planning out every little detail. Slowly fill in that outline with more and more ideas, add content to it, explain your characters and their actions to your audience in a way that they can understand, and add minor details that will enhance your story. Slowly, your book will fill out and grow until it comes alive.

When you first start out, lay down a set of questions that you will address at another point. Writers need an audience. To bait readers, lead with an applicable poem or share a quote. That first line has a huge purpose, but it doesn’t need to be perfect.


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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, December 6, 2013 6:23 AM

Humans have always been interested in story telling. Everyone has a story to tell. Sure, not all stories are page turners or epics that burst with excitement (Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, for example), but they are still stories that need to be told. I find all stories to be worthwhile, even if I can’t finish them. It is still a story. Whether you know it or not, you too have a story to tell. My love for stories has grown from readership to authorship. Two books later, here I am at Gustavus, ready to further enrich my craft.

When it comes to writing a book, anyone can do it. It takes discipline, commitment, a lot of creativity, and ingenuity. If you want to write a book, you need to make sure you have those things. If you think you have what it takes, here’s a start-up manual.

First, I’m going to clear up one of the biggest myths of the whole book writing process: you need to have inspiration to write a book. False. In the words of the best-selling author Malinda Lo, “If you wait for inspiration to strike before you sit down to write, you’ll probably never finish a damn thing … The only thing that determines that is your own sense of discipline.”

Inspiration helps a lot, but a good writer can produce their own inspiration if they have what it takes. What a writer really needs, however, is dedication that they can really use to drive themselves forward. To be successful, develop the discipline you need to move forward and potentially finish your book. Come up with an idea first, and make sure that you are willing to spend countless hours working with and molding it into a concrete story.

The next step: make a plan. It doesn’t need to be bulletproof because it is going to change. Don’t focus too hard on coming up with complex ideas or planning out every little detail. Slowly fill in that outline with more and more ideas, add content to it, explain your characters and their actions to your audience in a way that they can understand, and add minor details that will enhance your story. Slowly, your book will fill out and grow until it comes alive.

When you first start out, lay down a set of questions that you will address at another point. Writers need an audience. To bait readers, lead with an applicable poem or share a quote. That first line has a huge purpose, but it doesn’t need to be perfect.

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How to Choose to Be a Writer - Helping Writers Become Authors

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I choose to be a writer. What your choice will be?

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, January 3, 2014 2:43 AM

No matter how productive we are, our time–unlike our wishful imagination–is just limited. Think of all the optimistic agendas you’ve had for your day. And think of how many times life seems to have had its own agenda and has met your request with denial. I, of all people, can relate to that. I’m a newly graduated dentist with a wide array of interests, which have the nasty habit of occasional colliding with reality.

What I want to doI want to write

Since I was a kid, I’ve always found the simple act of joining random letters into meaningful words to be magical.

I want to have time

To spend with my lovely fiancée, to hang out with friends, to go to the cinema, to sit home and read a captivating novel, enjoying all the exotic worlds it takes me to.

I want to change

By learning new languages, collecting new faces, and by traveling to a far virgin place with many mysterious stories to tell.

What I really end up doingI work