Unlock the Muse – January 31, 2018

It’s the end of January. 2018 is one-twelfth over already. It’s not too late to get started on new writing goals.

Your writing exercise for this week is:

Unmotivated to write? Vent your frustration in a journal entry that begins: “I can’t write” or “I don’t feel like writing.”

The words “I can’t” are two words I struggle with in my own home. My second son tends to use it all too often about things I know him to be perfectly capable of. It’s maddening, and I’m doing my best to instill confidence in him. And one way I can do that is model confidence myself. So instead of the “I can’t” in the above scenario, let’s give “I can” a try!

There is a long standing debate about writing styles, and in my typical NaNo circle, this is seen as pantsing vs. plotting. Walter Mosley in his book, This Year You Write Your Novel, describes it this way: intuition vs. structure. The structured writer knows what the story is about from the beginning, whereas the intuitive writer must discover the story along the way. I am very much an intuitive writer. It’s just the way it works best for me.

The intuitive and structured methods are equally valid. Whether you start out knowing the whole story or you don’t know a thing beyond the opening scene, you will still have a finished novel at the end of your labors.”

What sort of writer are you?

January has five Wednesdays. It’s sort of like a bonus. It’s also a full moon, the second during the same month, making it a blue moon. It’s also supposed to be a lunar eclipse. Talk about bonus!

Therefore, I’m declaring this bonus Wednesday a “play day.” No questions, no answers, no etymology lessons. Just a game. A game of Rory’s Story Cubes:


I’m confident there’s a story in there somewhere!

Happy writing!

Please consider sharing your response to the writing exercise. Got a question? Just ask! Put it in the comments below, or send your question by email here:

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