Write Drunk. Edit Sober.

“Write drunk, edit sober,” is a famous quote (mis)attributed to Hemingway.
 
What does this actually mean? How can this wisdom contribute to you in your writing and creating?
Here’s how I see it…
 
WRITE DRUNK: especially in a first draft, let yourself off the leash, remove the filters, be willing to express yourself onto the page in a real, messy, surprise yourself kind of way.
 
When we’re drunk we tend to be uninhibited. We’re willing to choose things, say things, do things, be things, that we wouldn’t (necessarily) do if we weren’t under the influence.
 
What would it be like to WRITE from this uninhibited place?
 
I just read an article by a famous writer who talks about how this is an awful quote because it takes away from the work of the writer and feeds into the myths of the writing life as well as it condones addiction. I’m not condoning addiction, nor am I suggesting you...
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The Power of Writing Prompts

Natalie Goldberg. Know her? Love her like I do?

I read her book, “Writing Down the Bones,” in my 20’s and it contributed so much to my writing. She provided writing prompts followed by the instructions: “Pen to page. No stopping. Go. Ten minutes.”

Every morning this month I’ve been enjoying re-reading a few pages from her book, “Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir,” and using her prompts to inspire and guide my writing.

What I love about writing prompts is that they serve as doorways into your depths… with pen to page and the editor in the backseat, your inner wisdom, hidden secrets, and other surprises are given a chance to pour forth onto the page and be revealed for what they are: gold.

Here’s a writing prompt from my morning reading: “List 30 ways you felt different from others as a child.”

>> Share below: what's 1 way you felt different from others as a child.

What would it...

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Article Writing in 10 Easy Steps

It happens to the best of us…

It’s time to sit down and write an article for your ezine. Instead, you get up, refill your mug for the 5th time, wash your breakfast dishes, start a load of laundry.

You’re waiting for inspiration to strike and yet by your very act of procrastination and distraction, you are repelling inspiration from emerging.

So what do you do?

Follow these steps:

Foreplay:

Step 1: Sit down. Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

Step 2: Select your canvas of choice: pull out a sheet of paper or pull up a new word doc.

Step 3: If you…

– Know the topic you want to write about, write it at the top of the page

– Don’t know the topic you want to write about (and feel concerned that you have no brilliance at all), think about a tip you recently shared with a client. Remember how it felt like obvious information to you yet she responded with an...

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