Today it’s V Day so feeling a little bit nostalgic I searched in the ‘quote folder’ for some suitable quotes for this day. Here are some of my favorites.
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss
“Relationships never provide you with everything. They provide you with some things. You take all the things you want from a person—sexual chemistry, let’s say, or good conversation, or financial support, or intellectual compatibility, or niceness, or loyalty—and you get to pick three of those things. Three—that’s it. Maybe four, if you’re very lucky. The rest you have to look for elsewhere. It’s only in the movies that you find someone who gives you all of those things. But this isn’t the movies. In the real world, you have to identify which three qualities you want to spend the rest of your life with, and then you look for those qualities in another person. That’s real life. Don’t you see it’s a trap? If you keep trying to find everything, you’ll wind up with nothing. ” – Hanya Yanagihara in her latest book ‘A Little Life’
Today, I’m gonna talk about writer’s block, what is it and how to overcome it.
First things first. Let me tell some of my writing habits. I write blog posts, essays, and longread articles on a wide variety of themes from travelling and social media to current affairs and gambling. My work involves writing about previous experiences and A LOT of research. Since, however, the work is almost exclusively nonfiction, I don’t get blocked too often, except when I try to come up with titles for my articles – I hate cheesy article titles. Thankfully, some of my mandatory work comes with a title so all I have to do is research, which is my favorite thing after writing and proofreading. Even so, the thing that comes the hardest when writing a nonfiction piece is the beginning, sometimes the end of an article. The first paragraph has to give an introduction to what are you going to be rambling about in the next lines and the final paragraph has to offer an overview of the whole text as a conclusion.
Recently I found a cool and interesting infographic on Electric Literature blog and and I digged through the web to find the source of this creative piece of design+research. The infographic has some short but useful writing tips from some of the most prolific writers. Since I couldn’t find anywhere the ‘written’ version, I thought I should write it.
For the last couple of days I read one of the books that spoke to me most. That book was ‘Ernest Hemingway on Writing’ an anthology of letters, interviews, etc gathered by Larry W. Phillips. I previously read Anne Lamott popular advice for writers little book and I wasn’t very impressed. Don’t get me wrong, Anne Lamott offers some valuable tips to all of us, rookie writers, but her style wasn’t for me. Moreover, I tried to read one of her novels and while the main guidelines were respected, the book did not appeal to me.