How To Write – intro

How To Write – Advice from a writer who has done it all

A new blog about the business of writing.

It’s not about publishing, promoting, selling, editing, media plugging, or any other of a writer’s concerns. There are acres of stuff online for all that.

How To Write  is simply a series of quick lessons about the extraordinary process of writing – novels, stage plays, film scripts and all other forms of the art, by a writer with HUGE experience in most of them (I am old!). It is for all those who aspire to make a go at what can be the most fulfilling career on the planet.

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Job Satisfaction – Tip 2

job satisfaction

Before we get to the actual business of writing, let’s consider the motivation. What one might call the job satisfaction of the work.

Many writers complain that they do not enjoy the process. They find it agonising, daunting, or stressful. I cannot understand this. To me, whilst it may at times be frustrating, it seems the most fulfilling job on the planet. Creativity in whatever form, in whatever job, is the secret to happiness – the arts are the most creative of all occupations – and writing is the art that combines both imagination and intellect to the greatest degree.

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Working Conditions – Tip 3

3 Tips About Working Conditions

Now, before we get onto the actual content of what you are writing, let’s consider the circumstances under which you are doing it. Your working conditions will affect your productivity enormously. Simply sitting day after day, tapping away with no break except for a cup of coffee, is not in the long run going to be good for either your health or your productivity.

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Keeping Fit – Tip 4

keeping fit to be a better writer

Keeping fit is positively the last topic about writing conditions before we get onto the writing itself. This one is crucial, because one’s state of fitness affects one’s creative state of mind HUGELY. It’s very easy for writers to let their obsession with the work and their sedentary lifestyle gradually affect their health, which then affects their creativity.

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