“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Writing a daily blog is both incredibly easy and unbelievably difficult.
Easy, because it is fun. Way more fun than expected. Because when you have the right topic, the sentences just flow.
But when you don't, they are a bit more like glue. And by glue, I mean paste.
I'm a perfectionist. I had to learn to let go. I joined days before the challenge began, so didn't have time to learn about the mechanics of creating a better-looking blog. Things like mysterious extra spaces & colors showing up, when they weren't in the original or the font size only showing as HUGE or miniscule. My instinct was to tweak all of these until I got them right, including what I wrote, but I had to learn to post even when it wasn't perfect. Because the point of the challenge was to get something, anything, up every da…
Because to be a great writer, the most critical thing you need to do, after writing, is to read. You should read like you are starving, and books are the last meals left on the earth. You should read a variety of books. Fiction, yes, and nonfiction, but also within these categories, a wide spectrum, from genre to literary and everything in between. It may be most useful to read the type of books you want to write, however, it is also good to read the books you don't want to write. Sparingly. I'm not suggesting you waste precious reading time on junk. But it will help you discover why it is that you dislike them. And if you learn that, it is so much easier to avoid doing the same thing in your own writing.
I've got a story in the After the Happily Ever After anthology by Transmundane Press:
The paperback version: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998498300
And, until the end of the year, a Kindle version is available for $6.99. Great value for a 536 page book! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRYLKIE/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482174275&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=After+happily+ever+after+anthology+%2419.99