We’ve introduced the DIY MFA reading and community resources, but in the end, it all comes down to writing. Sooner or later writers need to get their backsides in the chair and do the work. To that end, we’ve created a go-to list of writing resources here at DIY MFA so that you to help you master the craft, boost your creativity and get motivated.
These writing resources will show you how to write more, write better, write smarter.
Learn Techniques to Write with Focus
Writing with focus comes down to three things. First’ there’s the craft component; you need to understand how stories work and learn the “rules.” I know, I know. Your writing comes directly from the Muse and you can’t shackle such divine inspiration with rules. I beg to differ. The reason mastering the craft is important is that you need to learn the rules first, then break them. That way, when you do break the rules (and trust me, you will) you won’t be doing it by mistake, but with intent and with a definite purpose in mind.
The next piece of writing with focus is creativity. After all, if you don’t have story ideas in the first place, you won’t have material to write about. The other thing to know about creativity is that the more you exercise that mental muscle, the stronger it gets and the easier it is to brainstorm new stories, essays or poems. Also, I’m a firm believer that the absolute best thing writers can do to protect their ideas is to have LOTS of them. As I discussed in the DIY MFA Legally Speaking series last year, you can’t protect your ideas with patents, copyrights or trademarks. This means that the best way to protect yourself is to have TONS of ideas so none of them will be particularly precious to you.
Finally, there’s the motivation side of the writing process. Understanding craft and boosting creativity are all well and good, but if you don’t sit down and write the book, no amount of craft and creativity know-how will do it for you. As busy writers with day-jobs, families and lives, we need to make the most of our writing time. The productivity articles listed on the writing resources page will help you get motivated and get writing, so that you get those words on the page and your story out into the world.
So head on over to the new writing resources page for tons of info and insights about craft, creativity and cranking that story out.