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10 Simple Ways to Make Writing Fun

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Writing Is Hard. Writing Is Not Fun.

  1. Writing was hard.
  2. Writing was not fun.

Can Writing Be Easy? Can It Be Fun?

“What would this look like if it were easy?”

What would writing look like if it were easy?

What would writing look like if it were fun?

1. Appreciate Bad Writing

“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly. You can’t write regularly and well. One should accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”

2. Notice Things

“A writer is someone who pays attention to the world — a writer is a professional observer.” — Susan Sontag

“One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around.”

3. Write Something Meaningful to You

“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.” — Kurt Vonnegut

“The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not. Don’t you yourself like or dislike writers mainly for what they choose to show or make you think about? Did you ever admire an empty-headed writer for his or her mastery of the language? No.”

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4. Write Every Day.

“If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive.” — Kenneth Goldsmith

“A writer, like an athlete, must ‘train’ every day.

What did I do today to keep in ‘form’?”

5. Research. Read. Experience.

“In any business, it’s important to do your homework, but the point I’m making goes beyond merely getting the facts straight. Research trips challenge our preconceived notions and keep clichés at bay. They fuel inspiration. They are, I believe, what keeps us creating rather than copying.”

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6. Don’t Worry About Being Original

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” — Salvador Dali

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”

7. Tell Your Own Stories

“Good fiction is made of what is real, and reality is difficult to come by.” — Ralph Ellison

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8. Become Part of the Community

9. Revel in the Negative

“Having your work hated by certain people is a badge of honor.“ — Austin Kleon, Show Your Work

“Every writer would rather be rich than poor, but no genuine writer cares about popularity as such. He needs approval of his work by others in order to be reassured that the vision of life he believes he has had is a true vision and not a self-delusion, but he can only be reassured by those whose judgment he respects. It would only be necessary for a writer to secure universal popularity if imagination and intelligence were equally distributed among all men.”

10. Publish

The only purpose of starting is to finish, and while the projects we do are never really finished, they must ship.” — Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

“Each time you do this, it not only increases your mastery in your chosen craft, but as a result it also increases your odds of creating something brilliant and lasting. It also grows your back catalog and your platform. The key, though, is that you must do it — you must create, create, create.”

Have Fun.

“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”



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I don’t know where I’m going. But at least I know how to get there.