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?
Have you ever struggled to find time to write? You have all the right (I wrote that as 'write' 😂) intentions, and really, you meant to sit down and write today... but then life crowded in, and good intentions took a bit of a hike. Or you actually did sit down to write, but then people came along, and the next thing you know they've sucked up all your time in doing something else. How do you find writing time when there doesn't seem to be any other place for it in your day? And is it actually as hard as you think?
By now, wherever you live and whoever you are, you have probably heard of covid-19 - also known as the corona virus. The thing kind of decided to waltz on into our lives at the end of 2019, starting by attacking China. It has now moved on to the rest of the world. I live in Canada, and up till now, I've been pretty lucky. It hadn't reached us or affect my life at all, honestly - until this past month. Now, the world is in chaos. Everyone is panicking. But something I've found already in this time is how important it is to try and find happiness despite it all. Is this me saying that you need to "look on the bright side"? Or "find the silver lining"? Yes and no.
Many humans are afraid of making choices - and I don't blame them. I sometimes freeze up over some simple choice and can't decide in the least what I want. When it comes to writing, making choices can be really easy, or absolutely terrifying.
What exactly is a 'real' writer? Are you one? Am I one? Is anyone who wishes they were one? Let's try to figure it out.
So once and a while, a writer can fall into a writing slump - embarrassing as it is to admit, it does happen. What should you do when you're in one? But before we hop into this post I am going to add this in for the last time to a post: this is a … Continue reading 5 Ways to Get Rid of a Writing Slump
Camp NaNoWriMo is over. But I can bet that you spent a bunch of it writing pell-mell. I know I did. (What was I thinking, setting a goal of 40 hours? 😂) There was a time in it, though, that I took breaks. And I didn't have to feel guilty because I still was working. Just … Continue reading Taking the Time for YOU
Are you willing to go through blood, sweat, and tears to reach the level of success you want? My friend, in this day and age, you must be willing to work your butt off to get anywhere. Let's jump into this post! Today's post was inspired by a conversation with my dad and sister. The root of … Continue reading Success Comes from Hard Work