Wednesday, January 13, 2010


The other day I was looking at my pencil in school and once again marveling in the irony that it has "BIC" written on it.

For those of you that don't know, BIC is a writing term standing for Butt In Chair. Which basically just means settling down and getting to work. Apparently it's also the brand name of a pencil or something.

So how do you do that? How do you put BIC and put pencil to paper (or fingers to keyboard)?

1. Open your WIP.

2. Get in a writing (or editing) frame of mind. Read over what you've written so far (unless you're like me and this only makes you less likely to write). Ask your characters a couple of questions. Do a short character interview. Write a short scene (related or unrelated to where you are in the story) in your head.

3. Turn off ALL distractions. Close out of the internet. Set the Leechblock if you have it. Turn off the music (unless you write better with it). Shut off Facebook. Get away from the TV. Close your bedroom door. A few minutes unplugged won't kill you, trust me.

4. Start writing. Keep writing. Start with a short time limit and then keep going if you feel like it. Before you know it, you'll be done.

5. If all else fails, Write or Die is there for you.

Now I think I should go take my own advice...