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No April's Fool - Spring Cleaning for Writers

I'm differing a bit with today's blog and instead of book chatting I'm offering a few tips on writerly spring cleaning.

(In case you're curious, I'm reading http://store.theparisreview.org/products/the-paris-review-interviews-ii as well as the collected short stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer. I'll have tea pairings for you ASAP. Also Jamie Quatro is reading in town http://jamiequatro.com, and I'm hoping to ask her a few questions for the blog.)

So without further ado, 5 ways you can get your writing clean:

1. Review old notes and drafts for projects you're not quite ready to throw away. Try something new with the stories.

2. Give up. Not in general, just with stories or fragments that don't seem to be going anywhere. Don't eat up the rest of your life tweaking that novel that has been rejected/rewritten everywhere in existence 3 times. Stash it in a drawer for now. Start fresh.

3. Bring the joy. Do something that takes the "work" out of your writing work. If it is going on a walk to clear your head, getting an over-fancy coffee at the local place, or popping a few tulips in the ground. Break time is recharge time. 

4. Read more. I know, I know. It's the idiot's trite advice to say "read." All the books say it. All the pros say it; but, it's cliche for a reason. It works.

5. Phone a friend. No, not literally, but sometimes joining a local or virtual writing group can be just the thing to jar the old muse loose. 

Well that's all for now. Best of luck everyone,

A. Vose

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Good advice Time

Good advice!

Time to sweep and clean!

Annette