post by Michelle Griep
Go wild off the leash.
Rules are great guidelines, but following them too strictly is like a choke chain and sucks the life out of your story.
Sniff. Sniff. Sniff.
Let your reader experience ALL five senses - in good ways and in bad.
When you're not writing, shove your fuzzy muzzle into a good read. The best writers are readers.
Let loose of your steaming piles of doo-doo.
Rejection stinks. Don't hold onto it and take it personally. Step around the big, brown, nasty review/rejection piles and go on your merry way.
Stick your head out the window.
Life's too short to get all bound up in comparing yourself to other writers. Let yourself be you, no matter if you look funny with wind in your jowls.
Naps are good.
Sometimes you just gotta take a break from writing. Live life a little. Those experiences will make for richer stories in the future.
Every now and then, throw a diversion into your story. Something unexpected, even for you. It keeps you on your toes and delights a reader.
It's all about the treats.
What's your motivator? Dark chocolate? Java? A new pair of shoes? Set your word goals and when you meet them, reward yourself.
Take a walk.
No, really. Get outside and take a walk. I don't care if it's snowing. Put your dang boots on and exercise.
Lay down at the Master's feet.
What are you so amped up about? God's in charge of your writing journey. Rest in that truth.