Happy Birthday, Rachel Cohn, born 14 December 1968
- Read. All the time read.
- Try not to think about “the big picture” of completing a longer work like a novel – the prospect can be overwhelming. Try to pace yourself one chapter or story at a time, so that all the smaller goals can be achieved, and eventually result in a bigger one.
- Go to an isolated place like a library where you can write without distraction – no TV, no phone, no Internet.
- Promise yourself when you go that isolated place you will write at least 500 words, even if those words are “I don’t know what to write” over and over. Almost certainly, the mere act of the typing will turn into the act of storytelling.
- It is okay to bang your head against your wall/computer/wrist, etc. in complete frustration. Just please be careful. Then go back to trying, trying, trying.
- Read more.
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