Progressive Book Club – How to Write Good by John Vorhaus“These days I can’t wait to write.”

Aimagess I prep for JuNoWriMo, I found this quote from the book interesting.  This for me is the goal. That feeling you get when you can’t wait to sit down and write.

What concerns me is that I seem to forget this feeling as soon as WriMo is over.  I wrote three books last year during, June, August and November and during those WriMo months, I couldn’t wait to write every day.  I couldn’t wait to sit down and get into that groove, the feeling of pure bliss because you are doing what your supposed to do, what you were meant to do.

I can close my eyes now and imagine the feeling.

Why is this feeling so fleeting when I’m not in the habit of writing?  I’ll write every day in June. I will have a daily goal and most likely will exceed it every day.  I am comfortable in this setting, writing towards a monthly goal where others are paying attention to what I am doing.

How to Write Good by John Vorhaus is all about giving yourself permission to write with no fear and to get the words on the paper. He uses this word whimsy which I love. I picture fairies flying around sprinkling fairy dust on everything and it makes me smile.  That is the feeling I get when I write. I feel like a fairy sprinkling prose on the world and making them smile.

As writer’s we are supposed to write every day, so tell me, how many of you out there are doing it? How do you do it?

I will be helping the JuNoWriMo team this year conducting word sprints on twitter.  These writing sessions made the difference for me. If your looking for a super supportive writing experience, I highly recommend JuNoWriMo. Visit for more information and if you’re joining us, let me know.


13 thoughts on “Progressive Book Club – How to Write Good by John Vorhaus

  1. Heck…after participating in last year’s NaNo, I couldn’t see doing a JuNo and an AugNo. HellNo. LOL. I loved John’s book, although it told me nothing new…loved some of his suggestions (the whimsy one, for example). This was actually a great book for the very new beginner!

    Good luck on JuNo! Nice post for PBC. Thanks, Sydney.

  2. Word sprints on Twitter are what keeps me writing – almost every day. There are several hashtags out there & usually I can always find someone who is writing at the same time I am. I also give myself small word count goals, so I don’t feel bad for writing *only* 500 words… Anyways, that’s how I keep being motivated to write! 🙂

      1. Hi Sydney! Some of the hashtags I look out for are: #ROW80, #BAMFWordBattle, #1k1hr and #wordmongering. Hope this helps! Happy writing 🙂

  3. Like Mike said, the book did seem most useful for the new writer. But I think he answered your question in his point that the more you write, the easier it is to write more. For the last 3 months I have made a commitment that I am a writer, and therefore I write every day, five days a week (and sometimes sneak in a little on the weekends). It’s starting to become natural.

    The hard part for me is when I’m where I am now–formatting, tinkering, planning, not actually writing a novel. Those are essential tasks, but make me fear I’ll lose that edge. I try to maintain the “write every day” part by working on short stories, and I intend to plan the next novel and get started for summer, when I’m traveling a lot. I won’t be able to maintain the same level of writing, but if I have a project and my notebook, I can write whenever I have the chance–much harder with the formatting stuff or even edits.

    When school lets out I’ll have to think about making Starbuck’s my office, though–I have a bad history of not being able to work when the family is at home and the Mom-radar is working full blast.

  4. Faeries! I love the idea of faeries sprinkling words with their magic dust. I wish I could say I’ve been writing every day, but I’m thick into edits, so I’ve been avoiding writing every day. I need to cut a lot of words and it’s scaring me, so I’d rather go on FB or Twitter and hide. Bad, I know. Maybe you need to make every day a NaNo or JuNo or just simply a SydNo. When I’m not editing, writing is fun and sprinkled with faerie dust. I miss that. Good luck with it, my friend! I wish you many hours of magical writing!

    1. I feel much the same about editing. Not so fun. I deal with it by starting a new writing project–then setting myself modest daily editing goals (5 pages?), after which I can just write. Worked pretty well so far.

  5. Finally getting around to visit and read reviews! I love what you have highlighted and gotten out of the book. I know that feeling of pure bliss when writing and it really is a fleeting thing if left untickled too long.

    I’ve never heard of Junowrimo so heading over there to take a peek! 🙂

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