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Tips on Creative Writing by Dan Buri
Tips on Creative Writing:
a guest post by Dan Buri
Writing a book is hard. If you’ve
written a book before, you know this. If you’re dreaming to write a book, you
have a mountain to climb and you should understand that before you begin. But
that doesn’t mean you can’t write your first novel! Or your second novel! Or
third! If your book is good, it should be hard to write. That’s not something
from which to shy away. Most things in life that are worth doing are hard.
I’ve found with anything in life
that’s difficult, the best way to approach it is to break it into pieces.
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Figure out how to write your book in steps. You can’t tackle everything at
once, so break it up into actionable pieces that you can accomplish. Soon, as
you complete one step after another, you will be holding your own book in your
If you’ve read my first book, Pieces Like
Pottery, you’ll recall one of the lead characters found a
list of forty life tips from his former high school teacher, Mr. Smith. I’ve
received a lot of positive feedback from readers on these forty life tips. They
seem to resonate deeply with people. In my blog (Nothinganygood.com) and in my new book on writing—an inspirational
guide for indie authors on their writing journey—I’ve applied each of the forty
life tips to writing and how they can help you write, market, and sell your
1) Life’s too short to not seize
the opportunities with which we are presented.Always take the chance to do what you love when it comes along.
Write that book! Start now! Do you have thirty minutes today? Sit down and start
2) Question authority.
Don’t take the status quo as a requirement. Don’t look at how you think
everyone else is writing and try to copy it. Find your own voice. Write in your
own style, no one else’s.
3) Question those who question
authority. Drink in the knowledge of as many authors as you can. Read
as much as you can. Take their advice to heart. Be yourself and be inquisitive.
Inquisitiveness is a gift of the writer.
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4) Don’t be afraid to see
dinosaurs even when everyone else around you doesn’t.Anyone who has
ever tried to write anything of worth, and for that matter any creative type
who has ever tried to make something out of nothing, knows how exciting and
scary that can be at the same time. Take that excitement and fear, and use it.
Don’t worry about how others say you’re supposed to write. Write the way that
you want to write. Sure, soak in all the advice and feedback from writing
experts and amateurs alike. Take it all to heart. Let it wash over you. Then
filter it through that beautiful brain of yours and write the way you feel
called to write.
5) Be kind.Kindness can change things far beyond
your wildest dreams. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but
it’s kindness that makes the heart grow softer. Every author would love an
ever-growing readership and hundreds of positive book reviews, but recognize
that people may not want to read your book. It’s not an attack on you or your
book. They are busy, with a lot of interesting things competing for their
attention. I know it hurts that someone wouldn’t want to read something that
you spent years of thought, pain, and sacrifice in creating, but that hurt is
yours not theirs. Simply processing this will do wonders for you in being kind.
It doesn’t help anyone if you project that hurt onto your potential readership.
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I know writing a book (or another
book) can be difficult, but there is a huge author community out there ready to
support you. Let me help you get your book finished and increase your sales.
Let 40 Tips on Creative Writing be your
inspirational guide to a successful book!
Seize the day you have in front of you. You are strong.
You are kind. You are wonderful. Don’t forget it.
― Dan Buri
Such a helpful article!
A pleasure to have you on Writing in the Modern Age again, Dan!
Guest Blogger Bio
Dan Buri is a trusted
resource for writers to gain insight into the difficult world of indie
publishing. His first collection of short fiction — Pieces
Like Pottery — which has been recognized on multiple Best Seller
Lists, is an exploration of heartbreak and redemption. His nonfiction works
have been distributed online and in print, in publications including Pundit
Press, Tree, Summit Avenue Review, American Discovery, and TC Huddle. Dan is a founding member of the Independent
Writers Guild, a worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals
dedicated to promoting the interest of indie writers by encouraging public
interest in, and fostering an appreciation of, quality indie literature.He is an active attorney in the
Pacific Northwest, and lives in Oregon with his wife and two young children.