Daily Writing Tip 57 of 100, Obsessions

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 – Obsessions

Source – Writing Down the Bones – Freeing the Writer within by Natalie Goldberg

Every once in a while I make a list of my obsessions. Some obsessions change and there are always more. Some are thankfully forgotten.

Writers end up writing about their obsessions. Things that haunt them; things that they can’t forget; stories they carry in their bodies waiting to be released.

Making a list of my obsessions… that actually sounds like a pretty good idea. It will have to be kept private though. I don’t want anyone to think… I don’t want anyone to know how crazy I am.

You do write about your obsessions and you are afraid that you’re the only one with those obsessions. That never happens, though. It turns out there are not as many obsessions out there as you think they are. They are common and often banal.

Daily Writing Tip 38 of 100, Eat the Mountain

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 – Eat the Mountain

Source – Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg

A writer’s path includes concentration, slowing down, commitment, awareness, loneliness, faith, a breakdown of ordinary perceptions – the same qualities attributed to monks or Zen masters. Writers practice for literature and for the illusory victory of publication, while monks prepare for enlightenment, which is nothing less than ego’s great disappointment.

After another exhausted after-work evening staring at the blank page I think about what writing is. At the end, it’s simply pushing the keys. Sometimes, though, they are so hard to push.