Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tipsy Tuesday- Keep it Up!

For today's Tipsy Tuesday post, I thought I'd give you bits of inspiration. Keeping up a writing life can be hard. Especially when you're working full time, have kids to take care of, husbands to pay attention to, or any number of other major life involvements.

So, today, I will regale you with ways to keep yourself interested and NOT burnt out on your writing. (They work for me anyway.)
  1. Take a break if you need it- I list this first for a reason. Sometimes you just really do need a short break from your WIP to recharge your batteries. As long as you come back to it, it may do you a world of good.
  2. Post inspirational phrases near your writing space. I'm always seeing them posted on Twitter, and they really do help me keep my drive to achieve strong.
  3. This may sound weird, but-- outline! I really love FreeMind, and I use it to make charts of my characters, chapters, scenes, whatever else I need to keep me focused and moving forward in my WIP.
  4. Talk to other writers! Huge, huge, huge one! On Twitter, on blogs, in person -- wherever you can find a writer -- talk to them. They understand what you're going through, and may even be there themselves.
  5. If all else fails, take your mom, sister -- someone who will tell you they love even your crappiest writing -- your manuscript, and let them build you up. There is so much criticism (even if constructive) and rejection as a writer, sometimes all you need is someone to say, "Hey, this is really great."

    And last, but certainly not least, you can always have one of these:

Red Apple Margarita (YUM!)

Sauza Gold tequila, DeKuyper Luscious Red Apple liqueur and margarita mix served over ice.


Marquita Hockaday said...

That drink looks. Amazing. Yum...oh, and the advice- BRILLIANT! I went to FreeMind and downloaded the program- awesomeness ensued! Thanks for the tips, they are real helpful.

Pam Harris said...

LOVE this post! I'm with Quita, I'm downloading FreeMind as soon as I get home. I'm an outlining fool, so I don't know why I've never used it. Oh, and the drink? YUMS! :)

Holly Dodson said...

Thanks, ladies! The drink tastes as amazing as it looks (Applebees makes a killer one).

FreeMind is my best friend. It is so worth the download. There are a few functions I wish it had, but overall it is totally useful.

Anonymous said...

I will definitely download and try out FreeMind. And having inspirational phrases around me definitely works as well. :)

Tahereh said...

a fabulous list. definitely need to implement these things in my life, hehe.

thanks for sharing!