Thursday, October 29, 2015

What Do You Do When You're Not Writing?

I think that's an important question to ask yourself.

I mean, are you spending hours in front of the television set or are you out there in the world gleaning new ideas for your next book?

Are you reading a good book and learning something? I find that reading within my genre as well as without it, helps my own writing improve.

Are you spending time with those you care about? Are you leaving the writing for awhile just to soak life in? I find that many of my experiences later turn into a book idea, a character idea, or even - a plot idea. So keep your eyes open and a pen and paper handy for notes.

Are you keeping an open mind? A positive attitude goes both ways. When you're positive you'll continue to be successful, and act upon those things that will bring you success, God will help you to be successful. If you're constantly focusing on what you consider your failures, instead of taking these moments to learn from and move on, you'll continually be stuck in your writing life - yes, even when you're not writing.

When it comes to life when you're not writing, you really are writing (so to speak) because you're researching and gathering whether you know it or not. What you gather says a lot about you and what you want in your life.

Writing or not.


  1. When I'm not writing? What? When is that?

    I am working, homeschooling, running, cooking, cleaning, going to church, etc. The rest of the time, I am writing. There are stolen moments of reading or playing Sudoku, but generally if I don't have to be doing something else, I am writing! (Or editing, formatting, promoting, or reading blogs about writing...)


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