Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Inspiration/Block (for the writer) (05/20/10)
TITLE: The OPQ of Writing
By Ruth Neilson
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<b>B</b>e patient—sometimes your characters might be a bit shy or are in need of some bribing.
<b>C</b>haracters can change! Look at Peter and Paul in the Bible.
<b>D</b>on’t stop writing. That “useless” manuscript might just spark something today.
<b>E</b>verything has a purpose when writing. Don’t forget about that minor character lost somewhere back in chapter 4—maybe they hold part of that missing key for the story.
<b>F</b>ocus on the little picture, the big one will come into focus eventually.
<b>G</b>rowing characters (and plots) can be like gardening—it takes time.
<b>H</b>elp others. Sometimes serving as a sounding board can unleash ideas.
<b>I</b>nspiration will come...I promise.
<b>J</b>oin with other writers and share ideas. They just might help you overcome a writers block.
<b>K</b>eep writing, even if you might consider to be “junk”
<b>L</b>augh and cry with your characters, they might co-operate better.
<b>M</b>ake time to write, no matter what.
<b>N</b>o one can overcome your writers block but yourself.
<b>O</b>uch! Watch out for the bruised egos and paper cuts.
<b>P</b>ray without ceasing for God’s words to flow
<b>Q</b>uality verses quantity. The great debate of a writer; it doesn’t matter what...or even how much you get on paper, just write!
<b>R</b>esearch! Research everything; don’t make the foolish mistakes just because you didn’t know.
<b>S</b>eek God’s will and He will provide inspiration
<b>T</b>ake your time, sometimes the story is in the finite details.
<b>U</b>nite with other likeminded writers.
<b>V</b>ariety is the spice in a writer’s life. If a story isn’t coming out in your ‘normal’ voice, try something new. It never hurts to experiment!
<b>W</b>riting, overall is a craft...and an art form. It must be practiced daily.
<b>X</b>axior! That’s his name; you know that minor character from chapter 4. He has the missing key to the closet that you need.
<b>Y</b>ield to God’s will. He knows what you are writing for.
<b>Z</b>eal for life is what provides the ultimate inspiration. In death and life, it inspires all writers across the generations.
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