With Halloween approaching, we need to tackle the most horrifying image an author can face…. The Blank Page! (Dun dun DUN)
Feared by many and encountered by all, the blank page of a notebook or word processing program can feel like a bottomless abyss. What tips and tricks do you use to start writing? Here are some of mine:
Brainstorming- go for a walk or listen to some music
Mind mapping or outlining some ideas
Setting a personal deadline
Setting a timer for 30 minutes to start writing whatever comes to mind
Getting inspiration from fellow writers
Go out and write at a different location like a library or coffee shop
I hope these tips help. If you have any advice, please share them in the comments below! This is Cassie, the Eggtern, signing off!~
This is Cassie, the Eggtern, speaking! I had a wonderful time at the Northern Arizona Book Festival last weekend. Firecreek Coffee Company and several other locales hosted several speakers including our 2017/2018 winner Katie Quinnelly! Our own creative nonfiction editor Lawrence Lenhart also helped organized the event. What a great way to support local talent here in Flagstaff!
The 2019/2020 Eggtooth Editions contest has now begun. Contest winners receive publication of the winning manuscript as a physical book; 20 author’s copies of the chapbook; and an invitation to read at the Narrow Chimney Reading Series or the Northern Arizona Book Festival. The Eggtooth Editions Chapbook Contest is open to anyone writing in the English language who has not previously published a full-length book. See: https://eggtootheditions.org/detailed-contest-guidelines/ for more information.
Reading Quasar #6 has been such an enjoyable experience! This is Cassie, the newest addition to Eggtooth Editions (Hey! That rhymed!); I am an Intern at Eggtooth Editions. I’ll be posting here once a week, so keep your eyes wide open.