This is me. (Like my hairstyle?) Could this be you? I've climbed outta the imaginary box. And it do feel goooood. Ahh, fresh air. You want to join me?
Know how I did it?
I think we put ourselves in the imaginary box by negative thinking and building mental blocks around us. We have to climb out of the imaginary box by changing the way we look at our writing. Notice I said imaginary. Our box isn't really a box. It is a mental wall. An obstruction that we built all by our lonesome. We have to look at it that way in order to climb out.
Get those creative abilities flowing again. Toss the negative thinking. Remember why you write. BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO. :)
On that first draft, kick your inner editor in the head. Realize it ain't going to be perfect. It is what it is. A first draft. Revisions are the time to ask your inner editor back into your life.
Learn from your mistakes. When I first started writing, I thought I knew everything there was to know. After all, I'd read three articles on writing. *grin* I was a pro!
Uh, yeah, I was pretty stupid. ;) But I have learned from my mistakes. My first drafts were YUCK. I still have one of them. I read it when I need a good laugh.
Awaken your creativity. Read lots of books in and out of your genre. I read children's books, because I write picture books, chapter books, and MG novels. But I read big people books too. I know I can learn from any book. And I rewrite books too. Books like THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, and CHARLOTTE'S WEB. It's a great way to stir up your creativity. The best writing exercise I can recommend.
So join me outside the imaginary box. It's awesome out here. :)
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