How to Start a Writing Career With No Experience

So you want to become a writer but the real question is how to start a writing career with no experience? Here’s how you can do it and find work too.

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Starting a writing career without any formal education can be daunting. Don’t worry though, this article will show you how to start a writing career with no experience.

Don’t let other people discourage you. No, seriously!

You’ll get “the talk” from some people that you tell about your plan to start a writing career. You know, the one that goes something like this:

Can you type without looking at the keyboard? How fast can you type? You know it’s difficult being a full-time writer. Blah blah blah…

Don’t listen to the naysayers or largely negative messages that you’ll get out there. Don’t believe what others say until you try it yourself.

So with that out of the way, let’s move on.

What You’ll Need to Start a Writing Career

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need any experience to start but you do need the willingness to do and a determination to succeed.

So how do you start learning?

Start by reading some publications from other established writers or people that inspire you. Then you need to take the following steps.

1. Start Writing More

At first, you may find it difficult to write for hours but most things worth doing are. So don’t be discouraged.

At this stage, you may not have any work or contracts and that’s ok. By writing regularly, you’ll begin to develop the skills necessary to become a great writer.

Also, the best thing you can do for yourself is to start a blog!

A blog will help you focus on a niche topic that you enjoy and come in handy for acquiring higher paying clients in the future.

Most importantly, it’ll give you much-needed experience but make sure that you’re open to feedback.

2. Acquire Effective Communication Skills

Communication is important in our personal and work lives. So learn to communicate effectively because you’ll need these skills when dealing with clients.

This article about communicating effectively is a good start: 7 Tips to Improve Your Communication Skills.

3. Build Your Reputation

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.

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Luckily, it’s not going to take you 20 years but Warren drives the point home.

You need to build a portfolio to start building your reputation. You don’t need to have published pieces but you do need samples.

Going back to step one:

If you’re frequently writing, then you’ll always have an abundance of samples to show potential clients.

4. Keep Up With Current Trends

To keep up with trends, you can subscribe to a few blogs that you enjoy or read current publications on things that interest you.

Many writers focus on a single niche while others can write about practically anything that comes their way. Neither approach is wrong.

It really depends on what you want to do.

5. Learn The Basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

A basic understanding of SEO is an asset to most clients but not absolutely necessary. Some clients will want their articles optimized for search engines, so having this skill can help you win those contracts.

Where to Find Work

It wouldn’t be complete without this!

Here are some great places to find work as a writer.

  • Freelance Websites – Sites like Upwork, Guru and Freelancer are great places to find writing gigs. Clients go to these companies to post available assignments and freelancers apply for the work. The competition can seem fierce but you can win bids if you focus on value or customer needs.
  • Content Mills – Similar to freelance marketplaces, these websites act as the middleman. You’ll definitely find work here but the pay is a little lower. Popular content mill sites include: TextBroker, Great Content and Hire Writers.
  • Job Boards – In most cases, you can find the best paying gigs on job boards like Indeed or Career Builder. Often, these are companies looking for full-time or part-time writers. Also, yearly contracts or more are posted on these sites.
  • Market Yourself – This one can be tough, especially when you’re just starting out. If you don’t have one already, get a website or blog and start marketing yourself. You can use social media, email, video or other strategies to do this. However, make sure that you choose one primary marketing strategy and focus on it.

That’s it! You’re ready to start your writing career and build up experience along the way.

About The Author:

Gabriel Nwatarali is a digital marketer and designer. He works as a consultant for businesses that want to improve their web presence. He is the founder of Tech Help Canada, a design and marketing agency. He currently resides in the beautiful city of Ottawa, ON.

Advice from the Pros: Christmas Sales

It’s the most wonderful time of the yearespecially if you have something to sell. And selling books is just like selling any other product. You need to find your target audience, get on their level, speak to them directly, and sell the crap out of your book. Easier said than done, I know. That’s why I’ve included several articles below written by the pros to help you get the most out of this Christmas shopping season.

Happy Holidays!

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Indie Authors: How to Sell More Books at Christmastime

We want to gather and share the best ideas, hints and tips about how we can reach readers at this time when they want to buy books for themselves and as gifts for friends and family, so we put the question out on our ALLi Member-Only Facebook group, Here are some of their responses…

 

A Jar of Good Things

By Sarah Lapallo Beck

 

It’s New Year’s Eve of 2012, nearly midnight. Surrounded by my friends and thousands of other Richmonders, I stand in the middle of the street in Carytown.  We’re all anxiously waiting for one thing—2013.

Suddenly a roar erupts from the crowd and my eyes become glued to the giant clock projected onto the brick side of the Byrd Theater. As though led by our very own Maestro, the crowd begins chanting in unison down from ten. The excitement is contagious, and no one notices the sub-zero temperatures.

A friend told me once, “Sarah, you’re the only person I know who cries every New Year’s.” And this year is no different. I’m counting along with the crowd, but I have icy tears running down my face. A low-grade panic attack has been setting in for about an hour now, giving me heart palpitations, sweaty palms, and a general lack of enthusiasm for this otherwise festive but meaningless holiday. I’m panicking because I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, and watching another year slide away into the night isn’t helping. Not to mention, it’s always been hard for me to say goodbye.

Years ago my mom told me that at New Year’s she likes to write down what she accomplished that year. She told me, “It feels good to look back and realize you made progress.” She was right. Though I tried to employ her technique I found it hard to remember everything that happened that year. Small victories got lost in the tide of milestone events. It’s easy to feel that another year has passed and very little has changed or become better. I’ve always been an avid journaler, but flipping through a year’s worth of words just to pick out a few key moments wasn’t working either.

I don’t remember how the idea came to me, but I found an interesting jar (not hard, since I apparently collect them), and together with my then-boyfriend/now-husband Dale, we began to write down good things and accomplishments as they happened. We did this for one year.

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At the end of that year, we cracked open a bottle of vino and dumped the notes out on the kitchen table. Sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, sometimes enjoying quiet reflection, we took turns reading the crumpled memories.

All the big ones made it into the jar, of course:

“9-1-13. Sarah is now a business owner! Inkwell Book Co. officially launched!”

“5-20-13. Dale got a raise!”

“12-29-13. We took the leap and began raising chicks.”

“7-10-13. We’re engaged!”

And some little ones were there, as well:

“8-2-13. Sarah made a new friend.”

“2-13-13. We went on a run together and didn’t die.”

“12-20-13. Our dog learned a new trick: when food falls on the floor while we’re cooking, she has to be given the ‘good girl’ command before rushing in.”

It felt good to know I could sign off on that year. I had done good things, big things. Things I would never forget and things that made me a better person. There had been hard times too, of course. But with a clear head we could look back and see what we learned and how we’d become stronger. 

This year on New Year’s Eve, sure, I might cry a little. But I won’t be crying because I’m unable to let the old year go. I’ll be looking forward to the new year, excited for what’s just around the bend (like moving into our first home and continuing to grow our businesses). I’ll be ready for the good things that will fill the jar this year, as well as the surprises and challenges. With open arms, I’ll be waiting to greet whatever might come my way.

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How do I format the name of my trilogy?

Q: I just finished writing the first book in my new trilogy. How do I format the name of the series on the title page?

A: There are a few different ways to go about including a series title on your book’s title page. How you format the title will largely depend on how you want the book to be referenced. That is, do you want the book to be identified first and foremost as a singular work, or as a part of the series?

If you think your series works better or makes more sense as a cohesive unit, then it’s smart to assume it will be referred to by the series title. A good example of this is The Lord of the Rings. The books have individual titles, but the entire story is more commonly known by the series title, because any one of the books would not function as well on its own. In this case, the series title should be italicized, because it’s being used in the same way as any other title. This is also a good option for books with short or ambiguous titles. A book titled Courage, for example, would be difficult for a reader to track down, due to the sheer quantity of existing titles that will include the word. Courage, book 2 of the Deadly Values series, by contrast, gives the reader much more specific information to use when searching for or telling others about your book.

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On the other hand, if the book can stand alone as an individual story — say, if the books share a theme but tell their own stories in each — then it’s more likely to be referred to by the book’s title. In this case, the series title acts more as additional information, characterizing the nature of the series without explicitly titling it. An example of this use is found in the Harry Potter series: the series is not technically known by this title, but can be used to offer additional information about any of the books for identification and grouping purposes. In this case, the name of the series would not be italicized, because it is not being used as a formal title.

A good gauge is to ask yourself if a reader could pick up one book in the series without having read the others and still understand and enjoy it.

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Jacki has been editing professionally since completing her study of the English language at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She has been an Inkwell Book Co. editor since 2013. From memoirs to fiction to fantasy, she can’t resist a good story, and can usually be found at her rural Virginia home with her nose in a book and a cat in her lap.

Why do I need an editor?

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So you’ve finished your latest, greatest piece of work. You’ve poured out your heart and soul to tell a grand adventure, impart wisdom to your readers, or simply set a record in writing. It’s perfect, unimpeachable, flawless! Then someone suggests an editor. It’s easy to take it personally, but suggesting an editor isn’t an insult (unless it’s a suggestion from Jan, that horrible woman from work, and she says it in that tone. She’s the worst though, don’t listen to her). The fact of the matter is that all writing can benefit from being looked over by a professional editor before it’s published. The reason is simple: objectivity.

Editing an English language documentYou may be thinking, “Hey, I’m smart, I can edit it myself!” Again, hiring an editor doesn’t mean you aren’t a smart, thorough, talented writer. The problem is simply that as the author, you’re too close to the work; too well-informed of the intention of each sentence, paragraph, and plotline. Not to mention that by the time you’ve finished writing a book it feels like your baby, which makes it very hard indeed to look at it without bias and admit where improvements could be made. An editor will read through your work and tell you honestly if something needs work, be it a plot hole, missing context, a confusing passage, or just a segment that needs punching up. It’s difficult to catch these things as the author because the story came out of your head—of course it makes sense to you. Maybe you forgot to mention that your hero, Bruce Zayne, chose to become RaccoonMan because of a childhood incident involving raccoons. You’d never think twice about it, because that background knowledge is already swirling around your head. But your reader would be left with a lot of questions.

The same idea applies to basic proofreading, too. It’s easy to overlook a typo, misspelling, or a missing word when you already know what the sentence should say. But your reader doesn’t see what you meant to say, they see what makes it onto the page. Your word processor can only do so much for you here. While it will tell you if you’ve spelled raccoon wrong, the sentence “Bruce toppled headfirst into a whole full of angry raccoons” will slip right by. And when it comes to names or places—words that a word processor doesn’t already know—you’re on your own to make sure they’re spelled consistently throughout.

So maybe you’re thinking, “Fine, I’ll just have my wife/neighbor/butcher/friendly local engineer look it over!” First off, definitely don’t ask the engineer. You’ll end up with an untouched manuscript, held together by a newly invented binder clip that can withstand the force of a black hole. You may not realize it, but editing is a specialized field. A professional editor is constantly aware of changing style guide rules, deeply familiar with tricky grammar and punctuation traps, and keenly trained to hunt for every tiny error (it’s why we always have to point out typos on every menu, newspaper, or Facebook post we see. Always taking work home with us, you know?). Beyond that, editors are not afraid of hurting your feelings. While that doesn’t necessarily sound like a good thing, imagine you’ve asked your neighbor to edit your novel. He’ll red-pen every typo he finds, but when he gets to a section that drags a little too long, he thinks, “Should I tell him this part’s boring? Ugh, then he’ll get offended and never let me borrow his hedge-trimmer again. It’s fine, I guess.” The lackluster section goes unchanged, and your readers are left losing interest. By contrast, an editor has no bias, and will tell you honestly that the passage needs work and offer suggestions for improvement. Your reader ends up with a better, more engrossing book in their hands.

That’s what an editor’s goal is at the end of the day: to make sure your story is the best it can possibly be before it becomes a book in your hands. That’s why editors are a great asset—they want the same thing as you! 

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Jacki_headshot2Jacki has been editing professionally since completing her study of the English language at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She has been an Inkwell Book Co. editor since 2013. From memoirs to fiction to fantasy, she can’t resist a good story, and can usually be found at her rural Virginia home with her nose in a book and a cat in her lap.

“Can I do that?” Character naming edition

So you want to make a reference to a real person in your writing. What’s the etiquette? What’s the law?

The last thing anyone wants is to pour their heart and soul into a masterpiece, only to be slapped with a cease and desist letter. Now, I’m not a legal expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I can offer some general guidance for writers. I’ll focus on writing such as novels and memoirs in this article, as works like biographies, commentaries, or criticisms are a different beast entirely.

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It’s almost always a good idea to use altered or entirely invented names for characters based on real people. This is true whether you want to write a character based on a celebrity or your eccentric former coworker.

If you’re writing about a public figure or celebrity, using a real name is risky business for two big reasons. First, you can be sued for “misappropriating” a name and likeness. That means you’ve effectively taken a person’s name or recognizable image and applied it to something without their consent. Famous people who make their living off of branding their name and image will likely not take kindly to being included in a novel they didn’t okay—and make no profit from.  Second, the threat of defamation. What this boils down to is that you don’t want to attach any inflammatory or untrue behaviors, traits, acts, etc. to a real person with a reputation to protect.

Use your common sense and respect when deciding whether you want to use a real person in your story. Saying your teenage protagonist went to a Taylor Swift concert is most likely fine. Saying the protagonist  met Taylor Swift backstage, then drove around Reno punching old ladies and mooning nuns with her probably won’t go over as well. But if you want to take the safest road possible (and I would advise it, as Taylor seems nice, but she does have a lot of money for excellent lawyers), it’s just as effective to use an altered name (Taylor Brisk has a nice ring to it) or a completely invented name accompanied by a simple explanation that the character is an “America’s sweetheart” style pop star. A caveat: if you use a different name  but still make it very clear through descriptions, illustrations, or even quoted speech, you can still be held liable legally for using a public figure’s likeness without authorization.

When it comes to characters based on “regular” people in your life, they won’t be able to claim you used their reputation and image for profit, but you still don’t want to risk a defamation lawsuit. In these cases though, changing a name will usually be more than enough. You can absolutely include characters based on people you’ve known, as long as the actual person is not identified. This, again, should be guided by your common sense. If you want to write about your ex-girlfriend Trisha, you probably can include a “Trista” in your memoir, but real-life Trisha is not going to be pleased. You’re much less likely to step on any toes with something unrelated, like “Maria.” That said, writer Anne Lamott raises the very fair point that, “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” So don’t let the reality of a character’s inspiration or source scare you away from writing what you feel needs to be written.

Bottom line? The legal aspects are tricky. You might be able to get away with it. But personally and professionally, I would always advise a writer to protect themselves and their work. Change the names. Include a disclaimer. Stay out of court. Don’t incur the wrath of your exes, or Taylor Swift.

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Jacki has been editing professionally since completing her study of the English language at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She has been an Inkwell Book Co. editor since 2013. From memoirs to fiction to fantasy, she can’t resist a good story, and can usually be found at her rural Virginia home with her nose in a book and a cat in her lap.

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Punctuation and Quotation Disambiguation

When you’re pouring an amazing story out of your head, heart, and soul, it can be easy to get tripped up on the details. One of the most frequent mistakes I see is misused or missing punctuation somewhere in the vicinity of quotation marks. The quotation mark is important to tell the reader that someone is speaking, but other punctuation is equally important in telling us how.

To get the easiest bit out of the way first, let’s get one thing straight: In the United States, we put our periods and commas inside quotation marks. There are arguments to be made for and against this practice, but nonetheless, that’s how we do things. Now that we’ve established that, let’s look at the particulars.

Much of the time, you’ll simply use a comma at the end of a quote, like this:

“I don’t believe you,” the detective growled.

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The comma replaces the period that would be there if it was an independent statement because the text following the quote is an attribution and description of the quote, rather than a fully separate statement. That’s why it’s important to know when to use a comma or a period: the choice can completely change the meaning of your words. With a comma, it’s clear that the detective is the one speaking, and he says it in an aggressive tone. If we change it to a period:

“I don’t believe you.” The detective growled.

The text following becomes an independent statement. Though the detective is the implied speaker, there is some ambiguity. Furthermore, his growl is no longer a description of how he speaks, but a separate action. This simple punctuation swap takes us from a rough-around-the-edges detective doing his job to a very strange detective indeed, who sometimes growls like an animal after simple statements.

Of course, there are times when a period within quotation marks is appropriate. If the speaker is defined clearly enough through context, and the text following is a continuation of narration, not more information about the quotation, a period would be the correct choice. For example:

“I don’t believe you.” The detective turned his attention back to the stack of files on his desk.

But because English is an eccentric jumble of a language (I say this with love, you understand), there are, of course, exceptions to this rule. Exclamation points and question marks will replace the comma or period that would otherwise follow the end of a quote, inside the quotation marks, even when the following text describes the quote or attributes it to a speaker. That’s because there’s really nowhere else to put these punctuation marks that would make sense. At the end of the sentence, after the following text, can change the meaning of the writing entirely, making the description of who spoke a question or exclamation itself, rather than simply stating a person’s remarks. Check out these examples to see what I mean:

“I don’t believe you!” the detective roared.

That exclamation point simply has nowhere else to go. Put it after “roared” and the whole narration suddenly becomes a yell. Remove it entirely, and the point that the detective is exclaiming loudly is undermined by a chill little comma sitting where a dramatic exclamation point should be. Still, if your intent is to make the following text an independent narration (a shouted statement followed by a roaring detective), don’t forget to capitalize and treat it as a full sentence.

The same reasoning applies to question marks:

“How am I supposed to believe that?” he asked, incredulous.

Move that question mark to follow “incredulous” and it seems like the narrator is either unsure or has a Valley Girl habit of up-talking at the end of sentences, both of which are only rarely the desired effect.

But because that’s not confusing enough, there are times when punctuation (other than periods and commas) should go outside the quotation marks. Namely, if the punctuation is not a part of the original quotation. For example:

Did he really say “I don’t believe you”?

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He said “I don’t believe you”; I could see the questioning in his eyes, though.

As I’ve said: it’s a confusing language sometimes. But practice these instances enough and you’ll be quoting without worry in no time.

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Jacki_headshot2Jacki has been editing professionally since completing her study of the English language at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She has been an Inkwell Book Co. editor since 2013. From memoirs to fiction to fantasy, she can’t resist a good story, and can usually be found at her rural Virginia home with her nose in a book and a cat in her lap.

All about em-dashes

Q: What’s the difference between a hyphen, an em-dash, and an en-dash? How do I use them correctly? 

 

Let’s start with the basics.

Hyphens are the shortest kind of “dash,” and are used for forming compound words, like mother-in-law. The word “hyphen” comes from Old Greek, and means something along the lines of “together,” or “in one.” So it makes sense that we use them to bring words together!

En-dashes are a slightly longer dash. Traditionally, they were the approximate length of the character “N,” hence the name. These are used for spans of numbers (like years), scores, or to connect concepts or words that aren’t compounds (for example, a Washington–Dallas flight). Because there isn’t a quick and easy way to add en-dashes to text (they have to be inserted as a special character), in day-to-day writings they are frequently replaced with hyphens, and the world continues turning. However, if you plan to publish a professional work, care should be taken to use the en-dash where appropriate.

Em-dashes are the longest dash. They’re called em-dashes because—you guessed it—they’re approximately the length of the character “M.” Em-dashes are used to set apart text in a sentence.

Most writers will find themselves encountering the em-dash more often than the en-dash. So, naturally, it’s the trickiest to use.

The em-dash can be used to replace three types of punctuation: commas, parentheses, or colons.

Using em-dashes instead of commas can help break up a sentence that might otherwise be too comma-heavy, which can slow the reader down. Take the following sentence, for example.

John didn’t care about the jitters, the jumpiness, or the inevitable crash, this cup of coffee—his fifth that morning—was necessary.

With that many commas in the sentence already, setting off the clause “his fifth that morning” with more commas would make the sentence too choppy.

Em-dashes can also be used to set apart a clause that’s already contained in parentheses without confusing the reader. For example:

The barista had his order memorized, of course (large double-shot espresso, non-fat milk—God help you if the milk was full fat—heated to exactly 170 degrees), but that didn’t mean she had to like making it so often.

In this sentence, adding the clause within the em-dashes in parentheses within the first set of parentheses would be very confusing for the reader.

Em-dashes in place of commas or parentheses can also be used to add emphasis. The em-dash reads as more intrusive than commas or parentheses, which makes it great for setting apart clauses that demand attention. You might have noticed that in the examples above, the text set off by em-dashes stands apart from the rest of the sentence, calling attention to itself as an interjection.

Finally, em-dashes can replace colons to add a stronger punch to the conclusion of a sentence. For example, take a look at this sentence.

John knew what he would see when he peered into the lightened cup, but his heart sank nonetheless when he confirmed—empty.

You could conclude this sentence with “…confirmed: empty,” but that wouldn’t convey the tragedy of John’s empty coffee cup with the same gravity that an em-dash provides.

With any of these applications, be aware that em-dashes are generally viewed as less formal than other types of punctuation. So while they can spice up a novel or your own personal writing, use with caution in formal or academic writing.

Now down to the details.

If you’ve made the decision to use em-dashes in your text, you’ll want to know how to form them in your word processor. You can use the “insert symbol/special character” function, or, if you’re using Microsoft Word, let it do the work for you. If the option is enabled, Word will automatically convert two consecutive hyphens between words into an em-dash (open Autocorrect options, then AutoFormat, and check the box labeled “replace hyphens with dash”).

The final trap? Spacing. Em-dashes are most commonly deployed with no spaces on either side, so the em-dash is the only character between the two words it separates. The exception is if a publication uses AP style (newspapers are the most commonly seen example). When in doubt, take the spaces out.

 

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Jacki_headshot2 Jacki has been editing professionally since completing her study of the English language at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She has been an Inkwell Book Co. editor since 2013. From memoirs to fiction to fantasy, she can’t resist a good story, and can usually be found at her rural Virginia home with her nose in a book and a cat in her lap.

Monday Morning Edition: Practical Proposals for Winning with Writer’s Block

Today’s Practical Proposal is simply this: write for nine minutes.

Set a timer for nine minutes, hit start, and then write whatever comes into your head. When the timer dings, you stop writing. It’s that easy.

Need more? Try these:

You can develop a new character, or rework an old one.

You can write about what you did yesterday or a year a go.

You can write a letter to friend, family member, coworker, or character.

You can write “I do not know what to write” or “this really sucks” over and over — however, after about 3 minutes of that your creative juices will begin to flow, I promise.

You can find a picture from a magazine or book and make up a story about it.

Or you can try starting with open-ended statements like, “I wish I was…” or “It all began when…” or “December wasn’t usually this cold but…”

Happy Writing! Tweet us @inkwellbookco and let us know what works for you!

-the Inkwell team

 

Monday Morning Edition: Practical Propsals for Winning with Writer’s Block

Writer’s block, again? Gah! That’s the worst. You’re staring at your computer screen (or, if you’re old school, pad of paper) drumming your fingers and wondering why you’re stumped and if it’s too late in life to switch careers.

But there’s hope, people. I promise.

Today’s Practical Proposal for Winning with Writer’s Block is….

Do Something Creative

  1. Paint
  2. Draw
  3. Play an instrument,
  4. Do that craft from Pinterest you thought you could maybekindof do
  5. Scrap-booking
  6. Build a den or fort
  7. Go for a  hike
  8. Listen to music
  9. Watch a movie
  10. Make video
  11. Explore Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter
  12. Cook or bake, invent a recipe or try something from that one cookbook you have
  13. Play a prank (channel Jim from “The Office” )
  14. Make a sculpture
  15. Do a self portrait
  16. Go driving and get yourself lost, then find your way back
  17. Try a new restaurant
  18. Learn a new skill (like rollerblading or paper mache)
  19. Create a new character and write a day in their life
  20. No matter what, be engaged, be excited, get those creative juices flowing!

Can’t decide what to do? Use this random number generator to pick for you!

Happy Writing! Tweet us @inkwellbookco and let us know what works for you!

-the Inkwell team