Writing Tip

Don't wait for inspiration, just write

Una McDonnell. says don't wait for inspiration.

November is National Novel Writing Month! To help you along the way, CBC Books has compiled tips and tricks from writers from across Canada.

This tip is from Una McDonnell.

"Inspiration is a fickle lover, a player on a date with another while you wait for the call. Don't wait, just write. The way to court it is one word at a time. If you're lucky on your writing 'date' you'll have generated a spark of momentum or expressed a true and original sentence or learned a few details about a compelling character. Everything else is revision."

Una McDonnell's writing has appeared in Musings: An Anthology of Greek-Canadian Literature and Decalogue: Ten Ottawa Poets, Arc and the New Quarterly among others. She was a finalist for the 2008 CBC Poetry Prize and this year she was named to the CBC Short Story Prize longlist.


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