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Twenty Tips for Getting to Work and Writing That Book

Gary Glass, author of Nirvana Plague, recently shared twenty bits of advice for “How to Get a Book Written,” courtesy of the blog Like Fire on Open Letters Monthly.

Highlights include:

Don’t wait for inspiration to strike. The photographer/ painter Chuck Close said, “Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

Don’t get discouraged when you’re blocked. Don’t give up and don’t just power through. Re-read.

Don’t write anything you don’t like. You’re going to be living with this story, these characters, these ideas for months, even years. Life’s too short to waste on stories or people or work that doesn’t engage you.

Be on guard against laziness. You can come up with more ways to waste time than anyone can warn you against. If you’re not producing brand new pages every week, you’re not getting your book done. Period.

Don’t be grim about it. This is a dynamic process. You may not be a ten-page-a-day writer. If you’re a one-pager enjoy that page just as much as you imagine you’d enjoy ten.

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