Writing

Struggling To Write As Of Late

I’ve been struggling to write as of late. Technically, I’m still writing, but it’s been a grind.

I still love writing. Sometimes I have bad days or bad weeks though.

I’m not sure when I started writing every day. Safe to say, it’s been a long time. No, I don’t always write as much as I want to. But I never want an excuse to get in the way.

Being a writer really is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. I hope I’m still working away decades from now as an old grandma.

When I first decided to make writing a daily habit, I didn’t realize what I was signing up for. I’m only 20 years old. Assuming I live a long time, I have many days ahead of me. Which also means I’ll be writing a lot of words.

Growing up, I wrote without a care in the world. I didn’t think about anything else except putting pen to paper. I wasn’t writing to please other people. I was just having fun.

These days, I think I’ve been making the creative process a lot harder than it needs to be. I’m overthinking before I even make a mark on the page. That’s no way to write.

Here’s to letting go of all the doubts and fears. Just write. Don’t worry so much about the other stuff.

School · Writing

Best Time Of The Year

I love the time right before school starts because I have an excuse to buy school supplies and stationery.

Back to school shopping, in my opinion, is the best kind of shopping.

As you can imagine, I live for this kind of stuff.

I end up buying pens and notebooks I use for writing rather than studying. For my own work rather than schoolwork. 

I regret nothing. 

Blogging · Writing

The “Someday” Excuse

“I’ll write a book someday.”

No, write that story today.

“I’ll start a blog someday.”

Start it today.

Someday will never come. But today has. And there’s no better time to start turning your dreams into a reality than right now.

Dreams shouldn’t remain dreams. Don’t let them.

Yesterday you probably said “someday” or “tomorrow”.

“I’ll get around to it someday.”

Or…

“I can do that tomorrow.”

Why not get around to doing it today?

Blogging

You Don’t Want To Blog?

Oh, you don’t want to blog?

Are you being lazy? Are you feeling tired? You aren’t up for it? 

Do you want to sleep? Are you exhausted?

What’s that? You have no time? God forbid you’re busy? 

You have nothing to say? You don’t know what to blog about?

It’s not fun? It’s stressful? You’re not enjoying it? 

You want to do something else. Wait, you’d rather do anything else?

You have other things to do? 

Well, isn’t that a shame. 

Whenever I don’t feel like blogging, I’ll return to this post and remind myself that my excuses, any and all of them, suck. 

Writing

5 Sins You Don’t Want To Commit As A Writer

As a writer, there are sins you want to avoid at all costs.

  1. Making excuses. You aren’t too busy. You have the time.
  2. Copying someone else. You are your own person. You don’t need to steal ideas from anyone else because your brain is perfectly capable of coming up with some yourself.
  3. Whining. All that time spent complaining can be better spent doing something productive.
  4. Disrespecting others. How hard is it to respect people?
  5. Not writing. Words won’t start writing themselves. Forget waiting until you’re motivated or inspired. Forget feeling ready. Just start.

You can do this! You’re a writer, remember?

Writing

10 Writing Excuses (That Are Excuses)

  1. I don’t have time.
  2. I don’t know how to begin.
  3. I don’t know what to write about.
  4. I’m too busy.
  5. I’m not inspired.
  6. I’m not sure how to say what I mean.
  7. I hate what I write.
  8. I have writer’s block.
  9. I have nothing to say.
  10. I have other things to do.
School · Writing

Procrastination And Bad Choices

I really shouldn’t be procrastinating during November.

NaNoWriMo is supposed to help with that problem by making me less likely to put off homework.

It has had the opposite effect.

Instead of completing my schoolwork when I’m supposed to, I use writing as an excuse to reduce my guilty conscience.

Thanks to procrastination and bad choices, I might be losing precious hours of sleep.

Writing

NaNoWriMo Concern

I feel like I’m the only one behind in my NaNo word count.

An excuse is coming up, I feel it.

(I had a crazy weekend. Sunday especially.)

I know, I know. I’m a bit behind. Okay fine. I’m very behind.

But you can never count a blogger out.

More importantly, you can never count a writer out.