Daily Writing Tip 49 of 100, Stay In Touch With That Hunger

For one hundred days, I’m going to post a writing tip each day. I have a whole bookshelf full of writing books and I want to do some reading and increased studying of this valuable resource. This will help me keep track of anything I’ve learned, and help motivate me to keep going. If anyone has a favorite tip of their own to add, contact me. I’d love to put it up here.

Today’s tip – Stay In Touch With That Hunger

Source – Writing the Novel by Lawrence Block

There is a hunger at the root of all our creative work, whether it is for wealth or recognition or a sense of accomplishment or some tangible proof that we are not worthless human beings after all. To return to an earlier metaphor, we might call that hunger the yeast that starts that dark ferment working down in the unconscious.

If we can stay in touch with that hunger, the pot will keep bubbling-and ideas that engage us will continue rising to the surface.

That all sounds well and good – but I guarantee you that a few days of staring at a blank page in a typewriter (or those white LEDs on the screen) will often seem to prove that the writer is indeed a worthless human being.

Daily Writing Tip 18 of 100, Where Do You Get Your Ideas

For one hundred days, I’m going to post a writing tip each day. I have a whole bookshelf full of writing books and I want to do some reading and increased studying of this valuable resource. This will help me keep track of anything I’ve learned, and help motivate me to keep going. If anyone has a favorite tip of their own to add, contact me. I’d love to put it up here.

Today’s tip – Where Do You Get Your Ideas

Source – Telling Lies For Fun & Profit by Lawrence Block

Bits of fact can fit together. Almost all of the successful fiction writers I know share a tendency to retain odd scraps of data to no apparent purpose. Sometimes these orts prove useful, sometimes they do not. I know, for example, that in 1938 the state of Wyoming produced one-third of a pound of dry edible beans for every man, woman and child in the nation. I should be roundly surprised if I should ever build a story around this nugget of information.

He’s right – nobody gives a damn about how many beans came from Wyoming in 1938. However, I do know, from experience, that at one time, in Olney, Texas (quite a while ago, however time doesn’t really move in Olney, Texas… does it) there was a Dairy Queen. A hundred tiny hand-lettered signs hung from the ceiling in the Dairy Queen, each saying, “Thursday Night Is BEAN NIGHT – all the beans you can eat for 99 cents!

I’ve always wanted to use that in a story. The probable title – Stay Out Of Olney On A Friday Morning.

BTW – An Orts is a small bit of uneaten food after a meal.