- Stop apologizing all the time. Sure, say sorry if you messed up. But if you haven’t, you don’t need to beg for anyone’s forgiveness.
- Aim for comprehension, not completion. It isn’t always enough to do an assignment if you don’t understand anything.
- Do what you want to do. Within reason of course. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I don’t want to do certain things.
- Don’t be afraid to change your ways. Especially if something isn’t working. I’m so stubborn. I’ll stick to old habits and routines even if I know there’s a better way. I’m allowed to grow. I’m supposed to.
- Never try to do everything. Pick and choose wisely. There isn’t enough time to do it all.
- You’re human. Your body needs adequate rest, proper nutrition, frequent exercise. If I take care of my health, other areas of my life seem to work out. I am trying to be more aware of my body and mind. I’m listening more. I’m learning too. I may not be perfect, but I try to get better. Which is all that matters.
Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, here are some things to keep in mind as you write that novel.
This isn’t an ultimate guide by any means. Just some bad advice from an aspiring writer.
- Take it word by word. Don’t worry about the 10,000th word or the 100,000th word. Think about the next one.
- Edit later. Writing is hard enough as it is. Stop making the creative process harder for yourself. Besides, you can always fix your mistakes later.
- Use good tools. If you prefer pen and paper, pick something that writes well. If you prefer typing, choose the word processor you like best. You don’t have to break the bank, but your tool needs to do its job.
- Write the scene you want. Feel free to jump around from the beginning to the ending to the middle.
- Enjoy yourself. Play your favourite songs. Have a drink nearby. Grab a snack or ten.
- Live a little. Actually, live a lot. Go outside. Experience the world so you’re able to tell rich stories. You can’t shut yourself inside all day and night.
- Have good posture. Your future self will thank you.
- Keep your mind open. Don’t shoot down your ideas right away. Sometimes the craziest idea turns out better than you could ever imagine.
- Challenge yourself. You’re capable of accomplishing far more than you give yourself credit for.
Sketch a timeline of events that will happen. Brainstorm scenes using sticky notes and move them accordingly. Create character sketches beforehand, so you have a better understanding of key players in your novel.
Reading articles, essays, or books might inspire you to write your own. Besides, Google is your best friend.
At some point, that first draft needs to be written. Unfortunately, it won’t write itself. So pick up a pen or open your word processor of choice. Grab an idea and run with it.
Take a deep breath. You don’t have to get it right the first time. Try to silence your inner editor for now. You can always make a draft better, but you can’t if it doesn’t exist yet.
There are times you need to write, which means you somehow have to silence your inner editor. Unfortunately, that’s a lot easier said than done.
Below is all my bad advice on how to silence him or her.
Tell your editor to shut up. Put your foot down.
Ask nicely. If being mean doesn’t work, try being polite?
Don’t do anything. Sometimes not forcing the issue is the best thing you can do.
Embrace the obnoxious editor. Befriend him or her.
Ignore. Hopefully they can take a hint. Or at least learn to.
Blast music. Turn the volume up. Careful you don’t shatter your ear drums in the process.
Listen. Maybe your head is trying to tell you something. After you hear yourself out, maybe your inner editor will finally stop bothering you. One can hope.
Lock them in a cage and throw the key away. Or just imagine doing so.
Practice. Just keep writing.
Never write another word in your life. Non-writers don’t have to deal with annoying inner editors, right? It doesn’t seem like such a bad life.
In 2013, I was a naive fifteen year old on WordPress.
Today, I’m so happy I went out on a limb one evening and started this blog.
Becoming a blogger has made me more keen to learn. As a result, I now have more interests than ever before.
Along the way, I’ve felt the need to stick with the status-quo. But I want to push the envelope, challenge myself, and improve. I can’t improve if I don’t move. That’s my motto literally and figuratively.
I read tons of advice about how to blog. But to be honest, I like learning what works and what doesn’t on my own.
This blog will continue to evolve as I grow and change. It may not always seem like it, but I’m doing my best. I know you are too.
There are so many posts I want to write, projects I want to tackle. I’m a little limited in terms of time, money, etc. That being said, I try to take baby steps every day.
More than anything, I hope the next five years will bring more progress.
I’m not perfect. I never will be. My goal isn’t perfection. It’s consistent practice.
As always, thank you for being part of my evolution as a blogger and as a human being.
What if you faced the page the same way you did once upon a time?
No ulterior motive. No agenda.
Just a story that needs to be told.
Not worried about perfection.
Sit down right now. Overcome what’s holding you back. Resist resistance.
You know you can. You have a chance.
Take what’s in front of you. Don’t look back.
Time waits for no one. Life goes on. The world won’t stop.
You have to do more to get where you want to go.
Have you forgotten why you first started? How did you begin?
Don’t think too much. There’s a song only you can sing.
What if you faced the page the same way you did as a kid?
- Do listen. Don’t follow. You can learn a lot by listening to other people. But that doesn’t mean you should be a blind follower.
- Trust the process. No one is an overnight success. Besides, there’s no definite end to your journey as a blogger.
- Be real. Lying is exhausting. At any given time, you should feel free to express your opinions.
- Never stop experimenting. Step outside of your comfort zone. Why would you want to do the same thing day in and day out?
- Have fun. If you aren’t, what’s the point? Blog about what you love.
- Always take care of yourself. Your health and happiness come first.
- Give back. As much as you can. You’re not on an island by yourself. Reach out to other bloggers. You don’t have to do this alone. We’re all in the same boat.
- Stay patient. Sooner or later, all your labour will pay off.
- Focus on the positives. Small wins are worth celebrating. When you’re struggling, remind yourself of how far you’ve come.
- Just blog. Blogging is what you make it.
- You go on Twitter when you shouldn’t.
- You cheat on your current work in progress with shiny new story ideas.
- You bribe yourself to write using cake as a reward.
- You start eating while working.
- You make a mess.
- You watch crumbs fall into the crevices of your keyboard.
- You talk to yourself.
- You imagine your manuscripts being turned into movies.
- You realize that would require you to finish writing your novels first.
- You love your story but you hate it too.
- You also have a love-hate relationship with your characters.
- You want to cuddle your characters, but you need them to suffer too.
- You enjoy watching people suffer.
- You roll your eyes when your characters don’t follow your outlines.
- You wonder if you should even bother outlining in the first place.
- You don’t listen to other people’s advice.
- You liking giving advice about writing.
- You almost never practice what you preach.
- You stare at people all the time.
- You consider inserting yourself into a story before thinking better of it.
- You daydream more than you dream.
- You know weird facts about random topics.
- You can procrastinate like a professional.
- You work way too hard and you’re paid way too little.
- You write.