Seven Ways to Kick this Week’s Ass.

  • Read If You Want To Write by Brenda Ueland. I’ve been recommending this book to everyone who asks lately. It’s a beautiful and inspirational read for those involved in the arts. Although the main focus of the book revolves around writing, it can be applied to much of life.
  • Dedicate a notebook to writing, and writing only. I have more Moleskins than I can count on one hand. However, sometimes they are a mixed bag, filled with random doodles, To Do lists, and/or personal writing. Purchase a notebook that is solely for your writing.
  • Write every day. Write a haiku, short story, poem, narrative, or even a journal entry.

  • “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” / Benjamin Franklin
  • Brush up on spelling and grammar. Learn from your mistakes. Consider bookmarking pages like The Purdue OWL: Grammar or Grammar Girl.
  • Expand your vocabulary. Refrain from falling victim to words like “YOLO” and “cray cray,” and replace them with something that challenges you. Get your hands on a set of notecards and create a “word a week” challenge. Learn a new word and use it as much as you can for a week until it becomes second nature.
  • Study renowned writers and learn from them. I’m not sure why it took so many years for me to discover Rainer Maria Rilke, but I started reading The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Rilke’s only novel, and it’s given my just a taste of what this artist has to offer. Beautifully written, and certainly another addition to my “must read” list.

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