Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – Write Like a Puppy

What a great (and very true) counterpoint to my own post today (http://wp.me/p58Czq-cj). Commitment is important. And enjoyment is every bit as important. Thanks to Jamie Lee Wallace at NHWN!

Live to Write - Write to Live

Writing is serious business. Doing it well requires study, commitment, and dedication. There is a lot to learn – form, structure, style, voice – more craft nuances than I can name. “Real” writers sacrifice for their art. As Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

BUT …

Sometimes, you just gotta play.

I mean, you don’t want to be this guy, do you?

Victor Hugo Victor Hugo

I didn’t think so.

Writing may be hard work, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be fun. The trick is learning to approach it with a different mindset. Instead of coming to your writing with the weight of the world on your shoulders, try thinking about your time at the keyboard as a play session.

Going for it Going for it

Which brings me to puppies.

Puppies know how to play. They can make a game…

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.

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3 comments on “Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – Write Like a Puppy
  1. Suddenly Jamie (@suddenlyjamie) says:

    Thanks for sharing, Michael, and – you’re right! – these two posts are a great pair! 🙂

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