1. Dont Sit Around
Waiting for Inspiration
If you don't know what
to say, say whatever comes to mind. The more you talk on paper,
the more youll discover what you want to say.
2. Stop Being a Perfectionist
Instead of trying to
make it perfect from the start, give yourself the freedom to make
mistakes. Make lots of mistakes.
3. Learn That a Rotten
First Attempt is a Great Way to Start
Writing is rewriting.
The more whacks you take at it, the better it gets.
4. For Your First Draft,
Dont Worry About Grammar
The more you worry about
grammar, the less youre going to write.
5. Put it Away if You
Must, But You Must Not Give Up
Being stumped is part
of the process. Sos getting back to work.
Adapted from If You Can Talk, You Can Write: A Proven Program to Get You
Writing and Keep You Writing by Joel Saltzman (Warner Books, 1993; $12.99).
Two cassette audio version (Audio Partners, 1999; $17.95)