If you've been around my blog for a while, you'll know that last year I struggled with my own writing process. I finally realized the missing piece in it was joy. I've now made that a top priority in my writing, and in this series, I made it the subject of the first couple posts as well. As I worked my way through experimental manuscripts, testing to see what worked for me, I kept off-handedly promising writers that I would eventually do a post all of its own on the writing process. And, finally... here it is. This has been a year in coming.
Today I am taking it upon myself to try and break down this subject for writers, based on some of the best advice I've seen out there for artists - and therefore, bringing in an entirely new perspective for us writers.
I have made fun of the idea of being a Disney princess and following your heart before. However, there is actually some merit to the idea. I mean, if so many of those girls could end up happily ever after, there's got to be something to the idea. Today, I'm breaking down this concept with writing in mind. I mean, it's good and all to listen to your heart when it comes to life choices - that's probably how you decided to become a writer in the first place. But how can you use that idea in your writing itself?
If you've been hanging around my blog for any amount of time, you've probably heard me talking about the idea of finding joy. In your life, in your writing... and in your process. However, while I've written a full post on finding joy in your life, I have only ever dedicated small sections of posts to talking about why you need to find joy in your writing itself. I thought it was high time to address exactly why you need it in your writing, how it actually helps your writing process, and how to utilize it.
Have you ever stumbled upon a part of a book, blog post, podcast, or video where the person who created it is talking about your Why? And... had absolutely no idea what they were talking about? 😅 Or, have you ever heard about it and understood what it was, but been unsure as to how to even go about finding your Why? Join the club. 😆 However, over time, I've found a couple of sure-fire ways to help you find that. So today, I'll be explaining what your Why is, why you need it (see what I did there?) (okay I'll be quiet now), and how to find it.
The further along you get on your writing journey, the more knowledge and experience you gather. And along with that comes your own unique perspective, lessons, knowledge, and needs. What one writer needs to do during the writing process id different from another. Which means as you go along with your writing, you actually become above the idea of 'rules'. You can end, break, and completely throw them out as you please. Which is why you really shouldn't even be reading this blog. But don't go unsubscribe! Because, at the same time, you should be reading this blog. Let me explain.
It took me 5 1/2 years, but I've achieved a dream of mine: I've written over 1,000,000 words. And today, I'm sharing my top mistake, recommendation, and tip on the writing process that I made, discovered, and learnt during those million words.
For the longest time, I didn't make it a habit to reread my own writing. I stayed away from rereading it, honestly. It was like my rule of never editing while writing (a myth I've debunked in recent months - check that post out here!): I never so much as considered breaking it. Until I did by accident. And it turns out... there are a lot of benefits to rereading your own writing. (Shocker, I know) Let's take a look at what I discovered.
Ever since I started this blog, I've touched on this subject a bit. Who is the first draft for? You. What makes you a writer? Writing. But then, last year, right before summer, something happened to me that really challenged me being able to achieve either of those things. And I think it's high time that I put out a post on the subject. This blog is about my journey as a writer, and I've talked a lot on tough subjects based on what I've gone through before. Buckle up. I'm here to talk today about what happens to a writer when the world creeps in on them and then completely stifles their creative process. aka: the reason I went for so long without writing my own original story ideas.
After a long, long year, 2020 has finally come to a close. Many people are looking forward to leaving this year behind them and have a fresh start. Last year, I did an overview of my year, which you can check out here, if you're interested. I'm doing another one of those, where I'm evaluating my word of the year as well as my blog and writing life. Let's see how much I got done despite the crazy year.