How to think like a Writer

Thinking like a writer

These are some tips, tricks, quirks and habits of great authors that could inspire you to think like a writer - and develop a writing practice that optimizes your creativity. The guest contribution today is by Michael Mahin. is a repped screenwriter and children's writer, with two books from Atheneum and Clarion. Willam Faulkner shares how successful writers think and his formula to become a good writer.

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⪠Pensez comme un écrivain tous les jours, même si vous ne pouvez pas écrire tous les jours.

After all, even on those times when I don't specifically record the number of words, I still scan the whole wide globe for food. Everything seems to be inspiring in London! But of course this is not real or possible for most of us; we have family, full-time positions and other tasks that can stand in the way of our work.

Being a writer with a full diary, I have found that it is not necessary to type every diary - but it is necessary to think like a writer every day: to open our heads and our ears a little more than the next individual, to include in our own inner selves everything that happens in the surrounding universe, everything that offers us the wealthiest materials that we will ever need.

These are some hints - with appropriate input requests - that will help you to become an ordinary writer.... even if you don't have much of your own free will. We are so often busy with our mobile telephones in our daily life when we can observe what is going on around us.

You do your author a favour and keep the mobile-hide: the mobile is hidden: Select a nearest one and create a vignette of your characters that' s inspired by that one ('If you're not able to type right now, take a note and take it down as soon as you can). Often we exclude the surrounding environment (and often it is necessary), but we also run the chance to miss some interesting delicacies of it all.

Open your eyes to what's going on around you - and use it to create a new play. Select a section of the dialog and note it down by handing it over to your own fantasy (if you are not able to type at the time, take note and note it down as quickly as possible).

Always have a small notepad with you (if necessary, you can use your telephone - just don't let e-mails or Facebook influence you! Take note of the last interesting thing you heard. Writing has its challenge, from tough work to rejection to unavoidable self-doubt.

Make a rating for your work-in-progress-a fervent rating, just the way you want it and the way you want it. You should turn to this while you are typing (to keep up to date) and especially if you have not written (to encourage you to write). Being a part of the writer means we can' t do everything.

List one thing you want to achieve with your typing projects this weeks (or even this months if you are particularly busy). What makes you an everyday writer? Feel free to post your comment to help us inspir others. Raymond is the writer of Everyday Writing: Their work has been published in tri-quarterly, American Literary Review, Indiana Review, North American Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times and many other journals and has been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize.

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