April 11th, 2012

April at The Cabinet: Tossing Out Old Writing Habits

Throwing Out the Kitchen Sink

By Suzanne Warr

April's theme is house-keeping the writer's way here on the Cabinet, which some of you may think means no house-keeping at all! lol Thank goodness we're not talking about organizing your closet and decluttering your kitchen--my personal take on that sort of thing is leave it til the next move or the next flood, which I guess is one reason to be thankful I've always moved so much!


No, this theme deals with de-cluttering your writing life and tossing out those old habits that are standing in your way. Here we are in April, the fourth month...how are those New Year's resolutions coming? Are your writing goals on track? If you suspect that your writing habits are hamstringing your progress, maybe we can help!

First up this month is knowing when to toss out old writing habits that aren't working--also known as being willing to write garbage. This is difficult as a beginning writer, but I think is even more challenging once a writer has been around the block a couple of times . . . Read the rest over on my sister blog http://fivecuriosities.blogspot.com/

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So guys, I haven't been around a lot because I'm up to my elbows in revision. After brainstorming with Jaye Robin Brown http://www.jayerobinbrown.com/ , I've decided to change two of my characters' personalities and looks. Hopefully, this will add clarity and tension to the story. I'm not sure why my brain resists making changes, but it seems to. What's the worst that can happen? I have to go back to the old version or try another one?

How about you? Are you willing to make a mess and try something new?