How can I become a better writer in 2019?

How can I become a better writer in 2019? Lynda Filler, Winner of Best in Contemporary Fiction 2017 BTRC at Writers and Authors (2009-present) Quora

I love this!!!

Elizabeth Gilbert—Everyone has read Eat, Pray, Love, right—posted this on Instagram today and I just had to share!

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A friend told me yesterday that she was thinking of taking a writing class. I told her that was fine, but that I might be able to save her money, by telling her everything I know about HOW TO WRITE. So here it is!

My free 10-step Writing Academy:

1) Tell your story TO someone. Pick one person you love or admire or want to connect with and write the whole thing directly to them —like you’re writing a letter. This will bring forth your natural voice. Whatever you do, do NOT write to a demographic. Ugh. ❤️

2) Start at the beginning of the story, write what happened, and keep going until you get to the end. ❤️

3) Use radically simple sentences. ❤️

4) Don’t worry if it’s good; just finish it. Whether or not your project is good, you’ll be a different person at the end of it, and that’s always worth doing. ❤️

5) Don’t write with the aim of changing anybody’s life. That will lead to heavy, irritating prose. Just share what delights or enrages or fascinates you. If somebody’s life is changed by it, that’s a bonus. ❤️

6) Whenever you can, tell stories instead of explaining stuff. Humans love stories, and we hate having stuff explained to us. Use Jesus as an example: He spoke almost exclusively in parables and allowed everybody to draw their own lessons from his great storytelling. And he did very well. ❤️

7) Your work doesn’t have to be any particular length or written for any particular market. It doesn’t have to even be seen by another human being. How and if to publish your work is a problem for another day. For today, just write. ❤️

8) Remember that you’ve been doing research your whole life merely by existing. You are the only expert in your own experience. Embrace this as your supreme qualification. ❤️

9) Every writer starts in the same place on Day One: Super excited, and ready for greatness. On Day Two, every writer looks at what she wrote on Day One and hates herself. What separates working writers from non-working writers is that working writers return to their task on Day Three. What gets you there is not pride but mercy. Show yourself forgiveness, for not being good enough. Then keep going❤️

10) Be willing to let it be easy. You might be surprised. ❤️LG

I’m highlighting this and reading as a mantra every day until I know it off by heart! It was Eat Pray Love that inspired me to write my own memoir, LOVE The Beat Goes On, Thanks, Liz!

You “Reach” Me

Do you have authors that you love? You’re so obsessed with their work that you’ll read anything they write? These authors are my Saturday-night-dates and my all-nighters. And they are the only guys occupying my bed these days–by choice!

#1 is Lee Child #2 Daniel Silva #3 David Baldacci #4, Russell Blake. I could go on but you can see I have a type.

I published my first novella JET-Exposed, fan-fiction for Kindle Worlds in 2015. I have four novellas now based on the USA Today Bestselling author, Russell Blake ‘s JET Series  One of my first reviewers wrote:

Lynda Filler: “The author’s style is reminiscent of Clive Cussler, Lee Childs or Baldacci.” Her words motivate and inspire me to do a better job with each book that I write. 
I answer questions on Quora. The number one question to show up on my page every other day is: How do I become a good writer? And the answer is: READ! And of course, WRITE. Read anything that appeals to you. I inhale my books. They become part of my writing DNA. I write what I love to read. And when I can’t write, I get that craving… like something’s missing in my life.
I started the latest Jack Reacher (#22) last night. I will finish it today. Usually, I go right through it in a day. But I wanted to savor this one. It’s his best Reacher yet! Others may not agree. But I’m sure you never think of highlighting a fast-paced mystery/suspense book…but this one is all (kindle) marked up. The Midnight Line does all the things I love. It addresses a serious social issue: the opioid epidemic. And another cause, obviously close to Lee Child’s heart–what happens to our veterans when they return from war zones and get out of the military?
This novel reached out to me, grabbed my heart and had me in tears. There’s something so much deeper than mere entertainment going on this novel.
It’s the best Reacher yet!

 

What does it feel like when the muse flows through you?

 

My muse has different functions.

This morning his/her job was to help me organize a series of non-fiction sub-titles. I was playing around with an idea for 4 books and I started with three separate titles… Then I politely asked my muse to fill in the blanks.

My muse appears to be bi-sexual. When I worked on the “sexy” title I felt as if I was looking at my subject matter at first as a woman, then as a man… In any case, in an hour I had three well thought out titles with multiple subtitles/headers to work with. Both the muse and I are not quite sure about the 4th book. We need the title first… I’ll sleep on that, or watch a movie, read a book, and come back to it. That will give my muse time to show me what the 4th title should be.

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My muse visits me in dreams. That’s an exciting way to write poetry—dream interpretation. You’d have to read some of my poetry books to understand that comment. It’s fun actually when my muse visits in a dream because we don’t have to write anything real—we have true poetic/dream state license to play with our words.

When I write fiction I’ve had some amazing experiences! In The Lei Crime Series: NARCO ORPHANS (Kindle Worlds Novella) I thought I was in control of the plot. But my muse took over and added an element that came out of the blue—or should I say out of an explosion and raid on a drug cartel in the mountains. I was so shocked! It made me cry when I saw where my muse was taking my novella. And for me, that’s a very good thing.

I use an excel worksheet to plot my mysteries. I have to because I like to work with several plot lines that will intersect. So I need to be organized. In my most recent novella JET: Displaced (Kindle Worlds Novella) (JET-Displaced Book 4) about 3/4 of the way through the story a new character arrived. I swear to you I gasped! This person appeared out of nowhere and made my heart sing!

My muse is magical. We love each other. I know when I start a project that I will be more surprised at the finished product than the reader. And that’s why for me writing with my muse is a passionate love affair.

Want to laugh? (Editors) Thanks Goodreads!

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“Making love to me is amazing. Wait, I meant: making love, to me, is amazing. The absence of two little commas nearly transformed me into a sex god.
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Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it.”
Don Roff

“While writing is like a joyful release, editing is a prison where the bars are my former intentions and the abusive warden my own neuroticism.”
Tiffany Madison

“We never end up with the book we began writing. Characters twist it and turn it until they get the life that is perfect for them. A good writer won’t waste their time arguing with the characters they create…It is almost always a waste of time and people tend to stare when you do!”
C.K. Webb

“When I’m writing, I make words my b*tch. But when I’m editing, the words make me their b*tch. It all equals out in the end.”
Richard B. Knight

Good night and don’t forget to laugh! And go buy my new book LOVE The Beat Goes On, at Amazon and make my editor smile! (She thinks I’ve got a best seller!) https://goo.gl/VfRrkf

Thanks!

Beating the Block by Russell Blake

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Beating the Block

10 February 2017
by Russell Blake
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I am routinely asked by fellow authors how to get over “writer’s block.”

Here are my thoughts, as well as my technique.

First off, there is no writer’s block, at least as far as I can tell. There’s a lack of motivation to do the work, or there’s a problem with the story/pacing/plotting.

If there’s a lack of motivation to write, I’ve shared ideas in the past on how to overcome that. Ask yourself empowering questions, a la “how do I make this the most amazing chapter I’ve ever written, and have a blast doing so?” You’ll get a way different answer than if you ask yourself lousy questions, like “what’s the point?” or “how am I ever going to get this done?”

 

Beating the Block