In each post of this series, I've talked about different ways you can access your unique abilities as a writer - either in a conceptual way, or in an actionable way. Today, in this final post of the series, I'm bringing everything together to show you how you can use all the posts I've done to help you unlock your unique abilities as a writer. I posted in an order that allowed me to build each post upon the last and teach you better through that; but now, I'll be showing you how they can all tie into you and your process. Also... today's post is going to be formatted a little differently from all previous posts. I'm going to tell it in a little more of a story format - but don't worry, it'll make sense pretty quickly. 😉
What is one thing almost all writers want? Or at least dream of, to some extent? If you just guessed being published, then you would be correct! Many writers dream of being published someday, whether just to see their book on a bookstore shelf or to share their Why with the world - and the people who need it. But did you know that there is actually a dark side to the idea of publishing?
Every writer is different. It's a line that's been in the title of every post in this series so far. We've talked about really accessing your unique thoughts and feelings and putting yourself and your joy first as a writer. We've also talked about finding your unique style and process, because how we work differs from writer to writer. However, while these posts are about accessing your abilities as your amazing and unique self, I have yet to address this concept that every writer is different in detail. Hence today's post! Today is going to be a little less tip-filled, but is still just as important. I mentioned the concept slightly in the last post: that as you grow and change, your writing will as well. If you want to be able to consistently keep up your amazing writing abilities, this is definitely some good information to know.
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.
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.
This is my last post before the crazy of National Novel Writing Month - aka NaNoWriMo - hits us. I decided that, as everyone else posts their tips for the upcoming month of writing (translation: stock up on chocolate) I would chime in with some quick tips on things writers should remember going into November.
Writing is a long process that is hard to complete. I think all writers can agree on that. Writing is not for the faint of heart. It's a long path to walk, and you don't see results very quickly. And guess what? Once you've finally written enough to see results, you look back at what you wrote, and now that you've become a better writer through writing it, you don't even like it anymore. 'Tis a tragedy. So why do we still write?