Writing

How To Be A Happy Writer

If you’re going to be a writer, I want you to be a happy one.

Here’s hoping my advice might help.

  • Write whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you want. Just write, OK?
  • Grow some thick skin. The thicker, the better.
  • Look after yourself. Drink water, exercise regularly, sleep well, eat healthy. 
  • Create what you love. Love what you create.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others. Seriously, stop.
  • Have fun. If you aren’t, make writing fun.
  • Finish what you start. Finish that story even if it’s the worst thing you’ve ever written.

Happy writing!

Writing

How To Be A Happy Writer

Because happiness is important. And writing is too. Can you feel happy and be a writer at the same time? You most certainly can.

Love something other than writing.

Good food. Old books. Your dog.

Love yourself.

There’s so much to love and so little we usually do.

Love enough.

Not too much, though. Too much of anything isn’t healthy.

I hope you love. I hope you’re happy. I hope you will keep writing!

Writing

On Your Way To Becoming A Happy Writer

Writers and non-writers alike, you should be happy. You deserve to be. So…

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  • Don’t attempt to please 7 million plus people.
  • Don’t forget to live, have fun, and enjoy your life.
Writing

How To Be A Happier Writer (Part 3)

  1. Don’t offend.
  2. Don’t pretend.
  3. Don’t quarrel.
  4. Don’t ramble.
  5. Don’t regret.
  6. Don’t slack.
  7. Don’t stop.
  8. Don’t tolerate.
  9. Don’t upset.
  10. Don’t victimize.
  11. Don’t wait.
  12. Don’t (e)xcuse.
  13. Don’t yield.
  14. Don’t zing.
Writing

How To Be A Happier Writer (Part 2)

  1. Don’t hate.
  2. Don’t hesitate.
  3. Don’t ignore.
  4. Don’t invade.
  5. Don’t jeer.
  6. Don’t judge.
  7. Don’t kid.
  8. Don’t kill.
  9. Don’t label.
  10. Don’t lie.
  11. Don’t marginalize.
  12. Don’t mock.
  13. Don’t neglect.
  14. Don’t nettle.
Writing

How To Be A Happier Writer

  1. Don’t abandon.
  2. Don’t avoid.
  3. Don’t blame.
  4. Don’t betray.
  5. Don’t compare.
  6. Don’t compete.
  7. Don’t deceive.
  8. Don’t doubt.
  9. Don’t expect.
  10. Don’t expose.
  11. Don’t fear.
  12. Don’t forfeit.
  13. Don’t gossip.
  14. Don’t gloat.
Writing

11 Causes Of Writer’s Block

  1. Lack of confidence.
  2. Lack of idea.
  3. Lack of certainty.
  4. Lack of success.
  5. Lack of failure.
  6. Lack of energy.
  7. Lack of enthusiasm.
  8. Lack of company.
  9. Lack of loneliness.
  10. Lack of will.
  11. Lack of happiness.

Some of them might puzzle you. Well well well, I am here to enlighten you.

Lack of confidence. 

You aren’t confident in your writing or in yourself. You aren’t sure you will do a good job much less a mediocre job. If this is the reason you can’t put words to paper, then I hate to tell you this, but your lack of confidence gives you all the more reason to. Write something so mind-blowingly awesome that your self-esteem will have no choice but to sky-rocket through the ceiling into the sky.

Lack of idea.

Writing when you are at a loss for an idea(s) can be harder than writing when you have a plan or an outline. If that is the case, brainstorm away.

Lack of certainty. 

Not sure where you’re going or what your characters should be doing? You can either continue writing or stop and think about what logically should happen next. Some writers will gleefully charge forward. Rush ahead. Attack the unknown head on. Others prefer to plan a destination. To draw a map. To connect the dots.

Lack of success.

Being rejected sucks. And not succeeding sucks even more. Is this your mentality: why try if I won’t succeed? But how can you possibly succeed if you do not try a million and one times? Keep going.

Lack of failure.

Never failed? Never tasted the bitterness that comes with defeat? This lack of failure can hold you back. You don’t want to fail so you stop writing. If you don’t write, you can’t fail right? You can’t bear knowing that you suck. But if you don’t allow yourself to fail or to suck, you will never get better.

Lack of energy.

You’re tired, exhausted, maybe on the edge of burnout. In that case, take a break. Have a Kit-Kat. This is not a paid advertisement. In fact, I don’t get paid at all to blog. But I muster up the energy to blog because I take breaks. I know how to balance work with play. To write consistently, you must learn to do the same.

Lack of enthusiasm.

Pick something you love. Write about something you love. The lack of enthusiasm should disappear like morning dew. Words should be flowing from the tips of your fingers to the notebook or the word processor.

Lack of company.

Rarely is a story about one individual without any other characters or people in it. Besides every book you write cannot be based on yourself and only yourself. You need to be around family, friends, enemies, dogs, aliens, vampires, dinosaurs.

Lack of loneliness.

Writing at a party or at prom is not advised. Find a place where you can be alone. With your thoughts and feelings. Without distractions.

Lack of will.

I get it. You’re lazy sometimes. What I don’t get is how you can go on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc., almost every day without complaining or whining. If you have time to surf the Web and use social media, you have time to sit your derriere down and make magic.

Lack of happiness.

Writing can help or hurt you. Ultimately, you need to make the best decisions for yourself. Get professional help if you need it. Allow writing to be your therapy if need be. Whatever you do, you can’t let anything get in the way of your happiness. Why? You can’t be a happy writer if you aren’t a happy person. And a happy writer is all I ask of you.