Write It Down!

What I’m about to share with you might seem obvious. However, I think as human beings we tend to always be in a rush or think that we can remember everything when, in reality, we sometimes forget even the most important of things.

As writers, it is very important that when we come up with an idea for a story, poem, or other form of literature, that we write it down! Even if we are currently working on another project, it is essential that we get those creative juices down on paper before they get lost in the shuffle.

Just the other night, I thought of a story idea. Let me tell you that even after looking over the idea in the light of the morning, I still like it very much and intend on using it for my next novel (or short story – we’ll have to see)! The moment I thought of the idea, I took the opportunity to grab my phone and write it down. Later on, the next morning, I decided to start a notebook and fill it with any other ideas that I may come up with along the way.

I think for some of us, even thinking of writing another story while still working on another one may seem like too much to bear. We may feel extra pressured to finish our work in progress as soon as possible. Please try not to feel this way – there is no reason to. Look at coming up with a fresh, new idea as a good thing! Take your time with your current work in progress and when you’re all done, you can begin working on something new!

One thing I’d like to urge all writers to do is to try to write down your new ideas as soon as possible! Even if you think you’ll remember the idea later on, you may miss something vital due to not jotting it down sooner! Take pride in your ideas and don’t let them slip through your fingers!


New Stories And Uncertainty

I’m currently working on a new novel, or at least, what I hope will become one. I have to be honest though and say that I’m not feeling as confident about this book as my other two. I keep wondering if what I have planned is enough to be made into a successful story. Is the plot good enough? Is the story idea fresh enough? Is it something readers would really want to sink their teeth into? So many questions are swirling around in my mind.

A part of me really likes the story idea and I feel that if I can write it well enough, then it’ll be successful. However, I do have doubts – I’m not above admitting that.

I don’t think I’m ready to give up on the idea quite yet though. In fact, I still like the idea quite a bit. I just need to really start diving into the story, after all I don’t have that much written yet. Also, there’s nothing wrong with me asking those I trust for their opinions, which I plan on doing.

I’m writing this post to tell you that it’s okay not to be 100% confident when writing something new – it doesn’t make you a bad writer or mean that your story isn’t up to snuff. All it means is that you’re human and that writing something good means so much to you, that you want to do a good job. While doubting in your abilities to write something extraordinary is never a good thing, caring that your work will turn out how you want it, is. As writers, we should want our writing to be something we’re proud of.

Remember that you are a talented writer. Look at your previous work and remind yourself that the wonderful words that you see came from your creativity. Trust your instincts and have faith in your abilities. Don’t give up on your story right away if you have some doubts, work with it for a while. If you still don’t like it, then you can work on something else, but don’t let temporary uncertainty make you question your talent as a writer.


Writing Tips: Powering Through

If you’re a writer, you’ve undoubtedly come across the problem of getting stuck. You know, when you’re writing along and everything is smooth sailing until all of a sudden, you don’t know what to write next? You try to continue on, but right then and there, nothing comes to mind. So, you do the wise thing and you step back, giving yourself a break.

While giving yourself a much needed break is most likely the right thing to do, we have to be careful not to let that short break extend itself into a long period. Sometimes the longer we wait to continue a story, the less likely it is that we’ll ever finish or have the same momentum that we would have had if we got back to writing the story sooner.

Sometimes after taking a short break, the best thing to do when writing is to just power through. Spend some time thinking of what to write and work through the writer’s block. It may not be easy, but it is possible. I’m not saying to put too much pressure on yourself or to just write out of the sake of writing (that most likely won’t end well), but I am suggesting that you think of ideas and WRITE! There are always going to be times when you’re writing and things get a little prickly and start moving a little slower. The worst thing you can do during these times is to give up on the story (if you’re happy with it is, that is) or to just step away for a while and never return.

So here is my advice: if you feel stuck and don’t know exactly what to write next, take a few days to just think about where you want to go with the story and how you want to write it. Try not to worry too much. After a few days of thinking, get back to work and try to power through!

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Thoughts On Writing: Word Limits

I’m not a fan of word limits – at least not when I’m writing my own stories. I understand that if an employer or teacher asks you to, you need to follow their limits, but otherwise I think you should write until the story tells you it’s finished.

As many of you know, I’m putting together a collection of short stories. I mentioned in a recent post, that according to the internet, some of my shorter stories are actually considered ‘novellas’. I understand the need to set labels on these things – how else would professional magazines and literary agents work with writers? – but at the same time, I think that too many labels make things more complicated than they need to be.

I’m not going to limit my short stories to what the internet defines as ‘short’. I’m going to write the story how I want and if I feel that it’s short enough to fit into my collection, I will place it with the other stories. In fact, I’m planning on titling the short story book and then putting ‘a collection of short(er) stories’. I don’t necessarily think a person needs to do that, but at least my readers will know what to expect.

When in school, I was never a fan of word limits. I understand that these assignments were to challenge the writer and to teach that in some writing positions, you will need to learn to limit yourself. I completely understand this and as I said, when being employed, you must respect this. If your employer pays you to write within certain limits, you should do it and do it well. If a teacher asks you to write within their limits for a paper or project, then you do so. These are different circumstances.

For yourself, however, and for your readers, write until you feel satisfied with the story. Don’t rush it or cram your thoughts into what is the defined ‘short story’ just because you might be putting together what you call a ‘collection of short stories’. Write until it feels right!

You are the one that needs to be proud of your work. Wouldn’t you rather not label something exactly as the internet says is the ‘right way’ rather than sacrifice your talent as a writer just to fit into a boxed definition?

If you want to call a ‘novella’ a short story, then go for it (unless of course you are writing for a company that demands you label the story under their definitions). If you want to call a ‘novella’ a story, then go for that to. Do what feels right to you!



Writing: So Many Ideas!

So as I mentioned in a couple of posts, I’m currently working on writing a story. My ultimate hope and plan is to combine a number of short stories into a collection!

I am very happy to say that I already have another story idea in mind in addition to the one I’m currently writing. The crazy thing is that my ideas for the story I haven’t started yet are intense. I’m super excited to get started on the new story and haven’t even finished the one I’m currently working on!

I think it’s super amazing that my ideas are flowing the way they are. For a while, I felt stumped and wasn’t sure that I’d come up with another good story after Rest in Piece. I’m really proud of my accomplishment of publishing my first book and I didn’t want my good writing to end there. Now I can hardly contain myself!

At first, I planned on just finishing the story I’m currently working on (which I’m also excited about), but then I decided that I’m going to start writing the other one as well. The ideas are fresh and who wants to lose something as wonderful as a fresh, exciting concept!

So my point is this: if you find yourself exceptionally excited about a story, WORK ON IT! Work on it when you feel like you’re in the mood for releasing your creativity! If you’re working on another story at the same time and still love the idea of the current one, DON’T STOP working on that one! Write them both when you feel it’s a good time!

How about you guys? Any writing projects in the works?


Rest in Piece Photo Contest!

Attention Readers:

Have you purchased either the e-book version or paperback copy of my new book, Rest in Piece? Would you like to display your copy of Rest in Piece in a creative way and maybe win a contest to show your creativity and help me get the word out about my work? If so, you can send me an image of your copy of Rest in Piece creatively displayed or you can post it on your blog and let me know about it. I will check out your picture and then select a winner based on creativity! Your creative image will be displayed with all the contestants’ AND  I will also design an award for you on PicMonkey if you win! Winning such an award would be a great way to show just how creative you are!

The Rules:

  • If you’re someone who already has my email address and has purchased my book, send a photo of you creatively displaying your book to my email.
  • If you don’t have my email address and you can, send me the picture via the ‘Contact’ page on either my Rest in Piece blog or my Getting Through Anxiety blog.
  • If you do not wish to use either above methods of getting your picture to me, feel free to post the picture on your blog and paste a link in the comment section of this post so that I can view your picture.
  • UPDATE AS OF 3/24/17: To make things easier, in addition to these methods, feel free to post photos for the contest on your Instagram page. Let me know on my Instagram at b.w.ginsburg48 if you will be participating by using this method so I can check out your photo.
  • DO NOT email or post any pictures that can be deemed as inappropriate. I will not post these on my blog and they will surely not be eligible to win.
  • The expiration date for this contest is April 28th 2017. Please make sure to submit your entry before this date.
  • Have fun and be creative!

For more information, feel free to contact me through the contact page on either my Rest in Piece book blog or Getting Through Anxiety. Or you can simply ask any questions in the comment section of this post. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF THE CONTESTANTS!

To purchase a copy of Rest in Piece visit: Amazon.com.

Special thanks goes out to everyone who has supported my writing.


You Know You’re Creative When…

A fun post on how you know that you’re creative!

You know you’re creative when…

1.) You have highly imaginative dreams during the night

2.) You come up with great story ideas

3.) You’re observant

4.) You’re highly curious about things

5.) When you come up with a good line, paragraph, etc. for a story or poem, you feel the need to write it down right away – even if you’re trying to sleep!

6.) You think of things maybe no one else would

7.) You think of things in different lights

8.) You love to read and write!


What about you? What makes you feel creative?