Just Write Something

To write is to write. If that sounds simple to you, that’s because it is; however too often the simple definition of writing is distorted with the variety of concepts surrounding what it means to be a successful writer. No matter what you feel is required to write a story or if you’ve been misinformed on what it takes to find success as a writer, the truth is that all it takes is just to write.
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Yes, many writers do do a lot of research, brainstorming, interviewing, reading, staring out of windows, and drinking coffee, but in the end, the reason that they’re successful is because they sat down and wrote a story. They could have spent years making sure that they’ll get each detail of trial procedure correct or looking into all of the theoretical physics around faster-than-light travel, but if they never actually sit down to write, then it was all for naught.

This post is short and just as much a reminder for myself as it is for anyone reading. It doesn’t matter how much stuff you think that have to do before putting pen to paper, or actions you think are necessary for others to view you as a writer (or for you to view yourself as one,) the only thing that is actually required is to write. It doesn’t matter if it’ll end up in the trash, get rewritten ten times until it’s unrecognizable, or just sit in a drawer for years. Just write something.

Bonus: For those that sit staring at a computer screen all day, here’s a free desktop background to help remind you what to do.

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Just click your desktop resolution (or the closest one) and save the image.

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Question of the day: What is your greatest obstacle to writing?

Jack London on Inspiration

Before getting into the main content, I wanted to take a moment and introduce you to a new segment we’ll be working on: Writers on Writing.

We’ll be looking at quotes from writers, interpreting their meaning, and breaking down how they can apply to our work. Our goal is to keep these posts brief, under 500 words, and applicable to a wide variety of writing styles. We hope that each post will contain at least a snippet of information or a tip that you can put to use right away, no matter the type of writing you practice.

So without further ado, let’s get into it.

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

Today’s quote is from everyone’s favorite nineteenth century gold miner, Jack London (1876-1916.) You might know him best from his most famous works: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, Sea Wolf, or Iron Heel.

The quote above is fairly simple to interpret, though it may infer writing to be more ‘work’ than ‘divine inspiration’ – as many may wish it be: Inspiration doesn’t come to those waiting for it. You’re going to have to go out into the world and find your inspiration in experiences, observations, and just good ol’ fashioned livin’. Inspiration doesn’t come easy and sometimes it takes a while – but once it shows itself, be prepared to wrestle it to the ground and hold it tight because it can leave just as suddenly as it came.

In each of London’s many works, you can see bits of his life, such as spending 12-18 hours per day working in cannery as a child, or his time in the Klondike Gold Rush or on a seal hunting ship, or maybe even those three times in four months where he got arrested while working as a war correspondent in the Russo-Japanese War.

Jack had this amazing three-step system to write bestselling novels – plus as an added bonus, it’s available for free and open-source, so you can take and tweak it however you wish:

Live. Write. Repeat.

What’s all of this mean for you? Easy – get out there and live your life away from the blank screen and blinking cursor. Your inspiration is out there, you just have to go and find it – and make sure to bring your club.

Today’s challenge: Write a short story (or long if you so wish) influenced by a mundane aspect of your morning routine. Maybe your sunny-side-up eggs become flying saucers. Perhaps you find your running shoes tapping their toes by the front door when you’re late for your morning jog. What if you wake to find your shower on and heated to the perfect temperature, then remember that you live alone?

We’d love to read some responses to today’s challenge and so invite you to share a link to your story in the comments below or email it to us here. Maybe you’ll find your work featured here on our blog!

New Year, Blank Page

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2015: when we’re now closer to the year 2030 than we are 2000. Numbers, man. Numbers. That’s a lot of time passed, most of it probably wasted; and now we’re left with half as much time, but twice as much to catch up on.

In 2000, I had some great goals.

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There are a lot of talented writers in the world. Maybe you’re one of them.

We want to help increase the exposure of talented writers and get their work in front of readers worldwide, and we’re hoping that you can help. You see, we’d like to start a segment called, “Short

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Our New Chapter - Part 3

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So after reading all about the aesthetic changes we’ve made along with our mission, purpose, vision, and values for the company, you may be wondering how this will affect you and what to expect from us going forward.

Long story short:

You should expect the same level of quality service from

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Our New Chapter – Part 2

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In part one of this three part series on ZWC’s evolution, we talked about the aesthetic changes to the sites. In this part, I’ll lay out the mission, purpose, vision, and values for the company, leading up to part three where I tie it all together and let you know what to expect

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Our New Chapter - Part 1

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If you’ve been here before, you’ve probably noticed that things look a little different. It’s been in the works for quite a while and we’re so excited to finally be able to share it with all of you now.

To keep all of this content easily digestible, we’ve broken it up

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