Don’t let them;
Life works out:
if you do—
when all is said…
why you cared
instead of “living”
you never realized!
The fear of no one reading your story. You spent 3,682 hours, 41 minutes, and 9 seconds on one story. But not a single soul will see it. At least your eyes will look upon a masterpiece.
The fear of no one liking your stories. Or worse, everyone hating it.
The fear of failure. Rejection after rejection after rejection.
The fear of success. Some people have a scary definition of what it means to be successful.
The fear of fear. Of course, it’s both a verb and a noun.
The fear of no fear. Imagine not being afraid of anything. Isn’t that terrifying?
The fear of letting others down. Sorry mom.
The fear of letting yourself down. You’re probably your biggest critic.
The fear of losing everything. Especially your dignity.
The fear of losing nothing. Because you don’t have anything to lose.
The fear of losing friends. Then again, you can’t lose what you don’t have in the first place.
The fear of making enemies. It’s like going through high school all over again.
The fear of wasting your time. It’s precious.
The fear of wasting your life. You only get one after all.
Always write out of love. Never write out of fear.
Finding publishers isn’t the toughest part of the process. Getting published is.
For what they’re worth, here are my two cents. I imagine they aren’t worth much considering I’m twenty and have nothing to show for it.
In grade nine, I started my writing “career” by applying to contests. I was a naive writer who knew nothing. Thanks to some divine intervention, I stumbled across an essay competition.
I didn’t think much about submitting a piece I wrote for fun on my own. I tinkered around with the essay and made it fit the contest requirements.
My dream of being published came true.
I realize I’m one of the lucky ones who didn’t get rejected my first time around.
But I’ve since had my ego shattered about a thousand times.
Throughout high school, I scoured the web for random contests to submit to. I stumbled across a few gems.
Maybe I should have prefaced this post by saying I’ve yet to seek book publishers for an actual novel. So I’m sharing my experience trying to find publishers for short pieces.
Just last year I had the pleasure of attending a magazine launch. Again, I found out about this opportunity browsing the web online. I got rejected twice before I got selected. How’s that for perseverance?
I suspect I’ll have more to say about publishing when I’m older.
Writers know a lot of things non-writers don’t. Like how to dispose of a body.
They clean. Almost always to avoid editing. Writers will dust the whole house from top to bottom, and do it twice over if it means putting off edits just a little bit longer.
Writers won’t invade your privacy. They’ll respect your space so long as you respect theirs. On second thought, they might not if there’s a story to be told.
They make great conversationalists. Writers will “listen” to you while thinking about their work in progress.
Writers are low maintenance. They just need to eat and write.
They tell the best stories. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll start to cry. Best of all, that’s free entertainment you won’t get anywhere else.
Writers take you with them to cool places. A writer only leaves the house for good reason.
They have good taste in books. Their shelves speak for themselves.
Writers know their way around keyboard shortcuts. Which makes your life so much easier.
They’ll introduce you to everything you need to know about writing. Hello, em dash and epistrophe.
Writers could be comedians. If you haven’t been blessed by their humour, you’re missing out.
They won’t let you experience a boring day. There’s never a dull moment around a writer.
Writers will kill you in a story. Beforehand, you’re already dead to them. Afterwards, you’re even more dead. First, you’re going to suffer. So you should have behaved better.
They are passive aggressive creatures. Brace yourself.
Writers have the memory of an elephant. They remember everything, right? You might forget, yet the writer hasn’t.
They come up with brilliant plans. Of course, they execute them too. You’ll never know what hit you until it hits you.
Writers fight back. Hard.
They know a lot of people. If you mess with one, you mess with an entire village.
Writers use your antics as inspiration. They will publish that story and make millions.
They are patient enough to watch karma come full circle. They’ll grab some popcorn and enjoy themselves with until the show begins.
I don’t know how it’s almost April. But it is. And that means many writers start thinking about Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m no exception.
I don’t have everything worked out, but I do know that as of right now, I’m going to handwrite a memoir. How exciting, huh?
I’ve never felt like I had any right to write one. I welcome the challenge though. Bring it on.
Why handwrite? Because I love handwriting more than typing. It’s also easier to write in a notebook when I’m on the bus than to whip out a laptop.
Also, my eyes don’t like staring at screens for long periods of time.
I’m not planning to outline because when do I ever? Never.
I don’t outline articles, essays, or novels. Funny story that isn’t that funny because I’m not hilarious: the one novel I semi-outlined is still unfinished.
I don’t keep track of how many words I write every day. I’m lazy.
I’m not aiming to write 50,000 words in April or 1,667 words a day. I just want to write something. Hopefully, I’ll have some words to work with once it’s all said and done.
That’s all I have. Regardless of what you’re writing or how much you manage to write, I hope you have a great Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s hard work. But it’s fun if you have the right attitude, which I’m sure you do..
Even though I love writing, I don’t want to abandon this blog in April. Finding a balance won’t be easy. What is?
As always, happy writing. Have fun. Enjoy yourself. Write whatever you please.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Clean your space.
In a perfect world, everything would be in its place. But we live in an imperfect world, so before April rolls around, try to tidy your desk.
Make necessary purchases.
It doesn’t hurt to make a shopping trip beforehand. Get what you need in advance, so that you aren’t making too many trips during the month ahead.
Build good habits.
And break bad ones. Stop procrastinating.
Find a routine.
Or adjust your current one accordingly. No one said it would be easy.
Prep some meals.
This is adulting at its finest. Or just basic survival.
In whatever you can. If you’re a blogger, write blog posts now and schedule them for the future.
It’s not easy going from writing 166 words a day to 1667 words. Trust me on this.
Schedule writing days.
If you know you’re going to be exceptionally busy one weekend because your friend is getting married, it wouldn’t be a good idea to make your novel the biggest priority those days. But if you’re planning to chill on Friday night, maybe you’ll reach your word count and then some.
Allow yourself to go out and enjoy your last few days of freedom.
Writers make you sound smart. Besides, there’s no better way to expand your vocabulary than being in the company of a wizard.
They could be stand-up comedians. Ready to laugh until you have a six-pack?
Writers love to listen. Better yet, they won’t interrupt you. They’re way too busy thinking about a plot hole to cut you off.
They can hold a conversation. In fact, writers enjoy asking questions, so be ready to answer. What’s your biggest secret? What’s your biggest fear? What’s your biggest dream?
Writers are walking dictionaries. And thesauruses. They can tell you the definition of a word faster than you can look it up on your phone.
They’ll spew random facts when you least expect it. Every day is like Christmas then.
Writers aren’t that hard to please. Leave them alone while they’re writing and you’re already in their good books. Throw in some food, and they’ll love you forever.
They remember everything. Mainly because they tend to write stuff down. You won’t forget your aunt’s birthday ever again.
Writers write about you. They might acknowledge your awesomeness. They may even dedicate their next book to you.
They notice everything. Whether or not they let on is a different story.