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This Is How You Write
Because I’m a human and my mind is an a**hole, I forget it every time.
By Matthew Trinetti, GiveLiveExplore.com
1. Answer a question.
It doesn’t even matter which question. Just pick one.
2. Write to one person.
Stephen King says write to your Ideal Reader. Aim at everybody you’ll hit nobody.
3. Shitty first drafts!
You can polish whatever comes out. First: get it out.
4. Grab hold of inspiration when it strikes.
Sometimes inspiration will strike, and when it does, wrangle it down from the ether and plop it somewhere.
5. But don’t wait for inspiration to strike.
Do your bit, even when you’re not inspired. Strangely it’s the quickest route to becoming inspired.
6. Show your insides.
You’re a human. Remember to act like one.
7. Educational. Inspirational. Entertaining.
Two out of three is good. Bonus points if you can hit all three.
8. Take us on a journey.
We want a story. Thread it together. Complete the circle.
9. Remember the headlights at night analogy.
“It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E.L. Doctorow
10. Mind The Voices.
Your asshole mind is gonna fashion a whole lotta voices. "This sucks. You suck. Nobody cares. Who do you think you are?"
Your life is defined by what you do (or don’t do) when you hear The Voices.
And I hope you'll write.