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“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”
– E.L. Doctorow

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
– Louis L’Amour

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Noctis Blackburn
August 9, 2019

Writing is an extremely time intensive process. 

It is easy to spend dozens of hours a week working on your craft, drafts, editing, and so on, without it even being a job for you.  This is why it’s paramount to keep your energy levels up (physically and mentally) and your inspiration topped off as much as possible, for it allows for seamless creation of content whether you do fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, or anything else.

The aforementioned was stated because I’ve often been asked how is it that I’ve written quite a few poetry books so quickly, and my main answer when asked has always been that I make sure that my inspiration is always there.  I am always exposing myself to things that inspire me, whether it is music, movies, words, passages, moments, people, interactions, meaningful memories, previous write-ups, diary entries, letters, notes, emails, you name it, all of that inspires me to the core.  It keeps the embers of inspiration lit to such an extent that I’ve actually come up with a term named “Writer’s Flood”, which will be discussed at length in a future blog.

To sum it up now though, the term ‘Writer’s Flood’ is the opposite of the term ‘Writer’s Block.  Where in traditional ‘Writer’s Block’ you couldn’t write if your life depended on it, ‘Writer’s Flood’ means that you’re so inspired writing basically takes care of itself, it’s almost like you’re  tapped the well of inspiration and it costs you no energy and your output at such a time is incredible and nigh effortless.

The vanguard thing I do now is that, whenever I feel this inspired, or significantly inspired, I end up writing, whereas before I would have specific time slots to write.  Well, the latter idea, though great on paper, almost never works that efficiently for me.  If it works for you, fantastic, it just doesn’t serve me that well.  As such, it matters not whether I’m at the coffee shop, a friend’s house, playing pool by myself, at the gym, at Barns & Noble, maybe a restaurant, you name it, I plop down my notebook, or write on a book, or use the phone, and begin writing.  And it’s not uncommon during the most inspiring moments to knock out 50 or way more poems fairly quickly.  This isn’t always the case, but it happens probably once or twice a week, with several other times, sometimes multiples a day, me writing a lot of poems at varying times, as well as many other passages and so on.

I say all this because this isn’t some special talent, or anything that’s inherent to only me.  I know one person that’s beginning to do it considerably, and another two that are taking this approach and its working well for all of them. 

So what exactly do I do?  Simple, as mentioned in the introductory paragraph, I do things that infuse me and/or increase my energy levels coupled with things that inspire me, whatever that may be.  Certainly, what may inspire me, may certainly not be what inspires you, but each of us can be hit by inspiration, or actively seek it.  And once we infusing ourselves with tsunamis of energy, writing doesn’t become a choir, but an adventure. 

I fittingly chose to write this on a Friday Night, because I’m between hanging out with friends, and I’m about to head out by myself to my favorite spot.  This place is the place where I draw a lot of inspiration from, and I’ve written hundreds of poems, countless journal entries and blogs, and everything in between here.  Because of this, I try to go there on Friday nights as much as possible, because it works for me, though I know this wouldn’t work for everyone. 

Bottom line: do whatever works for you.  Seek inspiration however you can.  If you’re always being energized when in the company of others, or while having conversations with others, this should tell you all you need to know about what works in inspiring you.  Or if something else inspires you, do that.  Do whatever it is that brings joy to your soul.   And hopefully, once you create these circumstances for yourself, it’ll be a long time before you experience Writer’s Block again, because hey, if you can circumvent ever having Writer’s Block, why not do it? 

You all have a wonderful evening. 

#Book Review: On Writing Well by William Zinsser | #SmartReads | #Poetry | #Poems | #Prose

“Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”
– E.B. White

“Writing is the geometry of the soul.”
– Plato

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Noctis Blackburn
July 23, 2019

In On Writing WellThe Classic Guide To Nonfiction, William Zinsser writes an easy-to-follow no-nonsense approach into the core essentials of writing.

Providing a smattering of meticulous examples, On Writing Well does a lucid job of clearing up some of the confusion writers might have about style, methods, leads, endings, et al., while setting the foundation for a stronger individual repertoire.

In fact, regarding this, Zinsser speaks about the importance of everyone to have good writing skills given today’s newfound environment where a lot of communication takes place through the emails, the internet and so on.  This is crucial since most of us employ the tool of writing in a daily fashion.  Zinsser urges individuals to seek to sharpen their skill set in order to become better communicators simply by employing tenets  in this book.

As hinted to before, Zinsser also make incisive use of many salient examples throughout the book by breaking them down and suggesting some writing tips in cogent fashion.  Within these examples the author covers people, places, science and technology, writing within a job, writing about sports, and more.

Broken down into four parts, the book covers [1] Principles, where notions such as clutter and style are covered, [2] Methods, where leads and endings are covered, [3] Forms, where various forms of nonfiction are explored at length and [4] Attitudes within writing, which is self explanatory.  All parts offer ample insights, many of which would be useful to nigh all individuals nowadays, especially if you have to write anything on a daily basis, whether it is emails, memos, etc. and are new to writing.

To accomplish sound things in life, one needs an ironclad scaffolding upon which to set oneself in.  Writing well is no different.  The insights provided by this book will help those that employ them. Couple the tenets in this book with those of those within The Elements of Style 4th Edition, by William Strunk J.R. & E.B. White , and one has the recipe for success.  Both have helped me quite a bit, as I hope they help you.
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