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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Inspiration/Block (for the writer) (05/20/10)

TITLE: The OPQ of Writing
By Ruth Neilson


Always remember the most mundane things can give you a great idea! Who knows, a grand adventure story can be found at your place of employment
Be patientósometimes your characters might be a bit shy or are in need of some bribing.
Characters can change! Look at Peter and Paul in the Bible.
Donít stop writing. That ďuselessĒ manuscript might just spark something today.
Everything has a purpose when writing. Donít forget about that minor character lost somewhere back in chapter 4ómaybe they hold part of that missing key for the story.
Focus on the little picture, the big one will come into focus eventually.
Growing characters (and plots) can be like gardeningóit takes time.
Help others. Sometimes serving as a sounding board can unleash ideas.
Inspiration will come...I promise.
Join with other writers and share ideas. They just might help you overcome a writers block.
Keep writing, even if you might consider to be ďjunkĒ
Laugh and cry with your characters, they might co-operate better.
Make time to write, no matter what.
No one can overcome your writers block but yourself.
Ouch! Watch out for the bruised egos and paper cuts.
Pray without ceasing for Godís words to flow
Quality verses quantity. The great debate of a writer; it doesnít matter what...or even how much you get on paper, just write!
Research! Research everything; donít make the foolish mistakes just because you didnít know.
Seek Godís will and He will provide inspiration
Take your time, sometimes the story is in the finite details.
Unite with other likeminded writers.
Variety is the spice in a writerís life. If a story isnít coming out in your Ďnormalí voice, try something new. It never hurts to experiment!
Writing, overall is a craft...and an art form. It must be practiced daily.
Xaxior! Thatís his name; you know that minor character from chapter 4. He has the missing key to the closet that you need.
Yield to Godís will. He knows what you are writing for.
Zeal for life is what provides the ultimate inspiration. In death and life, it inspires all writers across the generations.

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Margaret Kearley 05/28/10
I love this title!
Really good advice in this A-Z! Think I should copy it out for future reference!
Francy Judge 05/29/10
Great advice written in a fun way. I was encouraged.
Lollie Hofer05/31/10
I like the originality of this piece. AND good advice to go along with enjoyable reading. Cool!
Joanney Uthe05/31/10
I enjoyed the great advise and the originality of this entry. This was a very encouraging list, of which every writer should keep a copy handy.
Maria Egilsson05/31/10
Ruth, this is encouraging to "newbies" like me. Great advice here.
Jody Day 05/31/10
Good job and good advice. I can't help but notice how many times 'keep writing' appears in one form or another.
Carol Slider 05/31/10
A lot of good advice here! I especially like that "minor character from Chapter 4"... so true. Good job!
Lisha Hunnicutt05/31/10
I liked your title. It is an attention grabber. Great suggestions for dealing with the dreaded block. This is another one for me to print and file away for future reference. Well done.
Susan Montaperto05/31/10
Very inspirational. Thank you for a lot of worthwhile advice.
AnneRene' Capp06/01/10
I liked all the "positive" in this. Definitely a great writer's creed.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 06/01/10
This is great!
It will come in handy everyday for the rest of my writing life!
Brenda Shipman 06/01/10
Ruth, what a great list of tips - one I will probably print for future reference and encouragement. I bet a writing magazine would be interested in this. Try submitting it!