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25 Things A Great Character Needs « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Found this wonderful list browsing the internet.  This has some good information and I will make sure to incorporate them in my own writing.

25 Things A Great Character Needs « terribleminds: chuck wendig.

Crisis in Courage

How meditation and Eminem helped me overcome months of doubt.

For the past few months, I haven’t done any writing other than the occasional blog post.  It looked like I was writing.  I would pull out the notebook and sit with pen in hand.  Then I would find myself getting distracted by an urgent need to read email.  Or it was my turn in Words with Friends and I couldn’t keep my friends waiting.  Or I would write one line and analyze it to the point that I would just give up telling myself the words will come after I have a snack.  Needless to say, I did a lot of things but none of them would be defined as writing.

I finally had to ask myself:  Why?  I have a novel that needs editing and three short stories in various stages of development.  I’ve told people that I am a writer.  Yet I couldn’t bring myself to write more than a sentence or two.  I had to come to the realization that I had let fear keep me from moving forward.

I’ve told everyone that I am a writer.  I have this dream of being a published author one day.  I dream of seeing my name in print.  Characters live in my head.  I am constantly thinking of story titles and plot lines.  I even found a graphic designer and had book covers designed.  I was charging ahead.  And then I wasn’t.

After a self check, I had to admit that I was afraid.  But what was I afraid of?  Fear of failure or success?  Fear that what I had written wasn’t good enough?  Fear that it was good and I would have to repeat the feat?  All of the back and forth had me going crazy.

Then I talked to writing friend and she said something that freed me from the roller coaster of self-doubt.  She said, “First let me tell you…you are not crazy! You are an artist and you possess the temperament of an artist.”  Then she added, “We are afraid most of the time, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.  We must push past the fear…of failing, of no one buying our books, of no one understanding; even of loved ones walking or running away from us in order to be who and what we were placed on this planet to be.

This is me pushing past the fear.  I have rededicated myself to a writing schedule.  I promise myself that I will finish those short stories and complete the edits to my book.  I will do better.  And for further inspiration I turn to one of my favorite rappers, Eminem.

When I have  moments of doubt (and I know I will) I play the song “Lose Yourself” on a loop.  Eminem’s song never fails to get me inspired.  It is the soundtrack to my writing life.

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it you better never let it go.  You only get one shot do not miss the chance to blow.  This opportunity only comes once in a lifetime.

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25 Things Writers Should Start Doing


Back on Chuck Wendig’s blog today.  Here is a new link for any writers out there.



25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing

Finish the damn book already!

I just discovered Chuck Wendig’s blog.  It was just the kick in the rear that I needed to get refocused about my novel.

Thanks, Chuck.

If you are a writer, please click the link below.   If  you are not a writer, click it anyway.  The advice can be applied to any endeavor and will make you smile.

25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing.

You’re welcome.

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