Ellen Malphrus 1. Read. 2. Get out there and open yourself to the world. 3. Get back and tell about it. And face up to the fact that writing takes discipline. Many of us as writers, or as “creative types” in general, balk at the notion of discipline, don’t want to be told, even by ourselves, that writing requires it. And yet it does. You simply must put tail to chair for sustained, consistent periods of time. Otherwise, just as is the case when you’re reading, the spell is broken and it takes a while to get back into the flow of the story again. 4. Read.