Olympic National Park’s rugged shoreline is rich with life. Invertebrates of countless shapes, sizes, colors and textures inhabit the tide pools along Washington’s coast. Pictured here is a starfish with Giant Green Anemones that opens its tentacles like flower petals in the tidal waters. Photo courtesy of Keith Ladzinski.
Need something to get you through Monday? Here’s a pic of an adorable clutch of baby peregrine falcons on banding day at Cabrillo National Monument in California. At birth, peregrine chicks weigh about 1.5 ounces, but they grow quickly – they can double their weight in just six days. They reach nearly full size after only seven weeks. Cool fact about peregrine falcons: They are among the fastest birds, flying at up to 55 mph and diving at more than 200 mph when striking avian prey in mid-air. Photo by National Park Service.
Get in the habit of brainstorming story ideas when you have some precious moments to think
Keep a small notebook for all of your stray ideas. I know you’re very certain that you’ll remember them and come back to them later, and therefore, you don’t need to write them down. You’re wrong. Just be safe guys and write them all down. There’s no harm in it.
Come back to them when you feel like you’re in a rut. Those ideas will get those creative juices flowing.
Don’t be afraid to change your mind
Plans and ideas change all the time. That’s the beauty of fiction. There’s no rule against changing the direction in which your story goes in, and if you regret it, there’s no point of no return. You can rewrite it another way.
Don’t limit yourself to one story
You will get burned out. Limit yourself within reason, like, don’t start writing 3 books at the same time. Know your creative capacity and only start something you genuinely believe you will finish. Maybe have one or two side outlets like a journal where you write things based on prompts or daily entries and such. Or maybe even a blog ;)
Set aside time to work on it
Don’t forget that writing takes time and energy, and that you need to plan for that. Keep space in your schedule to get it done.Put away distractions and get to writing. You will thank yourself later on.
You don’t have to write the story in order
If you’re feeling inspired to write, write. Even if it is the very last sentence of the entire book or directly in the middle. It may be somewhat difficult to edit, but at least you’ll have something to edit in the first place