Tickle my brain . . . sounds great for inspiring new ideas, but how?

  • read a new genre (vampire romance)
  • ask my waitress about her favorite eatery
  • try a new ice cream flavor (whiskey prune?)
  • reverse my walking route
  • take a nap (zzzzzz)
  • stay up all night
  • write flash non-fiction (500 words or less)
  • read this post by Jessica Macbeth
  • get in the car and allow your curiosity to take you where it will

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Bird by Bird author Anne Lamott said it best:

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper. What I’ve learned to do when I sit down to work on a shitty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head.

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Writing a book isn’t a linear process. You come up with an idea, you think about it, you change it, it changes you, you think some more, you write, you rewrite, you rethink, you write some more.

If your book isn’t coming together as quickly as you’d hoped, it’s possible you haven’t set it free to lead where you may not want to go.

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