Skip to main content

Writing With The Door Closed - Guest Post by Kelli Beck

Today we have some great writing advice from Kelli Beck. She pulls from her own experience as well from Stephen King's ON WRITING book. It's great advice, and I highly recommend keeping these tips close to your writing heart.



Writing With The Door Closed

by Kelli Beck




In Stephen King’s On Writing he says to “write with the door closed, and rewrite with the door open.” I am partial to this method because I have a lot of fears, doubt, and apprehensions when starting out. So, before you setting out on your would-be writing career, know that there will be naysayers.  Often times these are the people closest to you who, in trying to protect you, end up hurting you by trying to snuff out the flames of desire that fuel your love of writing.  They tell you that you can’t.  Or you won’t.  Or you couldn't possibly.  It’s easy to take these hurtful words to heart and to compromise your life’s passion because of a few echoes of negative words that came from mom and dad or your best friend.

What does writing with the door closed mean?



It means just that: close the door and write.  It means stepping into your writing world and closing off all outside distractions that are going to compromise your story, not letting doubt bog you down, not allowing other people’s opinions filter in and warp the story you were born to write.  It means shutting out all outside energy and putting words to paper--your words.  It’s about letting go and trusting yourself--your subconscious--your muse.


How can this really help me?



Closing the door gives you a chance to write for the fun of it.  To write the way you wrote when you had just discovered your passion and it didn't matter how many books you sold or if you sold any at all.  Back when you didn't care what your parents thought about your writing.  It’s a solid way to get back to the reason you started writing in the first place.


How does this help my story?


Closing the door keeps your story honest.  When you have characters who are controversial it’s easy to let fear intimidate you into writing flat characters who fit into society nicely, do and say all the right things, never utter a racial slur.  You don’t want that.  Controversy is good.  Controversy highlights problems that still exist in our society whether we want them to or not.  Writing real people as ugly or as beautiful as they can be can bring about change.  At the very least you can get people thinking and in a world full of distractions and reality TV, getting people to open their eyes and think is a very good thing.


How do I do this?



You have to start trusting yourself.  Your subconscious knows a lot more than you and you’d do well to listen to what it says.  Unlike your conscious mind, your subconscious is taking in all the information around you twenty four hours a day.  There’s a wealth of information inside of your own head and you can’t let the jeers or concerns of others impede your creative journey.  When getting a story from your head to paper, you need to let go and put it all out on the table.  Only when you've finished can you open the door and allow others in to start the job of molding and shaping your story into something truly divine.


Kelli Beck

Popular posts from this blog

A Bit of Reevaluation

I know it's been a while since my last post, but I figured I might as well throw out some updates. Anyone who has been following along should probably want to know that the first five short stories of the Colliding Empires have been released into a single file called "Volume 1."

Another thing that is probably the most notable is the fact that I haven't written a post since back in December. I've quite noticeably been derailed in both my blogging and my writing. I haven't done much writing at all. I apologize for that, but it is also one of my cycles that I definitely need to change.

The second, and most recent development, is that I've decided to remove myself from Twitter and delete my Facebook page. I felt that most of what was being put out to the internet on those media channels were shameless self-promotion. That isn't really what I wanted those to become. I don't like the idea of hitting people over the head with that message. And, to be qui…

Amazon Author Page Following

Check out my Author Page on Amazon! You can follow me there and get notified of new releases and my current portfolio. I think it's a great resource for those who want to get notified as soon as new titles become available. The Colliding Empires short stories have been coming out in a flurry lately. I'll be starting on the final five stories of The Colliding Empires soon. I'm hoping you won't have to wait as long for those as the previous five. By following me on Amazon, you'll be able to know as soon as they're available. Check out my page and follow, you won't regret it.

The Call of Fate now Available for PreOrder

My new short story The Call of Fate is available for preorder.  Here is a short excerpt:

Wogan Nance, more commonly referred to as Boot Chuck by his squad, looked out over the sprawling camp of the army. Tents were lined up orderly in rows for as far as the eye could see. Soldiers milled around cook fires, sharpened swords, and fletched arrows, mostly staying close to their own squad's compound of tents and supplies. He wondered how many soldiers were like himself, hiding their true nature to keep from being used up in short order. He wondered how many secret mages, or at least those with the ability to become mages lurked in midst of the throng of these men and women.

Mages were a hot commodity in the Imperial Army as it swept across the continent claiming new lands for its own. Magic turned the tide in battle for whichever side had the most numerous mages. While ability helped greatly, a large number of fledgling mages could overcome a seasoned magical user in due time, at the cos…