Article Title: How Successful Writers Get Things Done (from Creative Writing Course)
Author Name: Craig Lock
Category (key words): writing, creative writing, writing tips, writing success, writing course, creative writing course, online creative writing course (enough there for now!)
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"We share what we know, so that we all may grow."

"If you have knowledge, let others light a candle to it." -
Margaret Fuller
(That's a metaphor, btw).


(Extracted from Online Creative Writing Course)

I've mentioned those 'D' words before:




* make a succeed in your writing).

Successful writers set goals and work away steadily and unobtrusively (nice long word, like 'earthmoving-contractor') each day.

It may be writing a page or an article, or 500 words a day. I just write and stop when I feel like it - either when I get tired* or bored. * I could have used the word 'fatigued', but 'tired' was simpler.

Just put in the effort, then PERSEVERE..

Many writers try to let the reader into "new worlds", ie to see things differently with perhaps a new perspective on issues. That's my aim... and my "serious side" coming out.
You've heard the term WRITER'S BLOCK? It's when your mind goes blank and you can't get going, no matter how hard you try for words of inspiration.. You stare at a blank sheet of paper for hours on end waiting for inspiration... but nothing comes... except the cat with muddy paws walks all over your blank masterpiece. That's just happened to me!

You then resort to pulling your hair out (is that why most writers are bald?)

Writers challenge themselves and their readers in new ways, They find new niches. I want to continually test my own writing "limits", the "boundaries of my imagination."

“One writes to teach, to move or to delight.”
- Rodolphus Agricola


Stress and adverse personal circumstances (like financial worries or relationship difficulties - an occupational difficulty of being a writer!) can easily stifle your creative imagination.

My advice: Take a break (not from the relationship!) and relax (for as long as it takes - perhaps even a few months).

Inspiration will come to you some day. If it doesn't eventually return, then you will know you didn't have the dedication to become a writer.

However, if writing is your job, like mine, I make sure I'm inspired at 7am (or 6am) every morning. And INSPIRATION comes from SELF-DISCIPLINE (and perspiration).

Then, when the words eventually come, you run outside naked shouting,' Eureka, Eureka!'... and you should see the looks on, the neighbours faces. That "rather weird and serious arty-farty writer-type" next door. Why doesn't he get a "proper job" ( = "just on broke")

* What's the difference between a writer and a family pizza?
The family pizza can feed a rather hungry family of three ... or ONE starving writer writing away in his garret munching on a carrot!

What's the definition of an aspiring author?

A waiter!

I hope that you have enjoyed my "funny, warped and zany" sense of humour with a few chuckles along the way reading this short article.

And* hope this information may be helpful to you in your creative writing.

Happy writing and have great fun in doing it... as I've done in this article.

Craig Lock

* Can I begin a sentence with the conjunctive (now that's an impressive word - hope I've used it correctly), "And".
Yes you can, because it’s your article, Craig!

* PS:

"My writing mission is through my words to inform, illuminate, entertain, uplift, delight, as well as hopefully even inspiring people . I aim to do this by sharing my knowledge and life experiences.

I hope to have achieved this aim in the above article.

"If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed.

If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded and has a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know."
- Thomas Wolfe

"Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."
- Erica Jong

Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”



As the ancient Chinese philosopher said so well, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a ...

broken fan belt and a flat tyre"... er sorry... a single step.

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
- Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe (German philosopher and poet)

Author's Bio: 

About the Author:
Craig likes (rather loves) to share knowledge and insights from his life experiences with dashes of humour to try and help and encourage others along life’s amazing journey in 'every little way' he can...
without being too much of a "Mr goody-goody boring" two shoes"(as he's lost the other one). Craig loves writing; but then what other job would be suitable for him!
'Over the Rainbow' by Craig Lock: A look at the many colourful peoples, who make up this diverse and vibrant society, as seen through the eyes of a newspaper reporter. Many colourful "vignettes" in this "land of great contrasts" - happy, sad and true, that was the fabric of South African life in the lead up to the historic Democratic Election of 1994.

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