When I first joined twitter, I thought I needed to give people a reason to follow me so I tweeted a daily creativity tip for writers for six months. I would get quiet, and let inspiration guide my fingers. I recently started tweeting that type of advice, again.
Rather than make you scroll through endless tweets to find my recent tips, I'm reprinting some of them right here:
My Twitter Creativity Tips for Writers (although for this space I unabbreviated all the words I shortened for twitter, so many are more than 140 characters)
- Get quiet. Go deep. What are you here to share? Are you embodying that in your writing? If not, how can you start?
- Focus, open, and the ideas will flow. Your creativity is simply waiting for you to invite it in. You invite it in by focusing.
- As writers we're always balancing writing (which we love) and promotion (which can be more of a challenge). But there can be creativity, inspiration, and even joy in promotion. Be open to it.
- Got lots of half-finished projects? Make a list. Choose the top 3, and then prioritize. Let go of the rest completely—for now.
- Are you writing what you’re most passionate about? Are you facing the page with courage and joy? If not, why not? If so, keep going!
- Writing from the heart is simple, but not always easy. Tell the truth. The more you do it, the deeper you touch people.
- Editing's like doing a puzzle. It's technical, creative and intuitive all at once. The best part is that it makes our writing sing!
- Breathe, relax, focus, and let the energy that carries your words flow. Do that and you'll know the power of your own creativity.
What are your favorite writing tips?