Writing

A Day Off

What? Come again? A day off? That doesn’t exist when you’re a writer.

Writers simply don’t take days off.

Besides if you’re not writing, you’re probably thinking about writing. So you don’t get to rest and relax the same way non-writers do.

Days off weren’t part of that invisible contact you didn’t sign when you determined you were going to be a writer.

Seriously if you need a day or many days away, don’t feel bad. But if you can’t bear the thought of not writing, just remember it’s okay to take it easy.

So long as you enjoy the holidays.

Happy (not) writing to you!

Writing

Write Even When…

  • you’re sick.
  • you’re tired.
  • it’s Christmas.
  • it’s your birthday.
  • you have two jobs.
  • you go to school full-time.
  • everyone else is relaxing.
  • everyone else is on holiday.
  • you don’t want to.
  • you aren’t inspired.
Writing

Writing During The Holidays

Happy Christmas Eve. Happy Thursday. Happy writing.

Kudos to you if you’re planning to write during this busy time. If you aren’t then your family and friends should feel grateful that you’re actually spending time with them.

I’m kidding.

I hope you’ll continue to write during the holidays so I’m sharing my tips with you. Let it be known that I don’t follow my own advice.

  • Write in the morning. Or at night before you go to bed. If you don’t have time in the morning or at night currently, wake up earlier. Stay up a few minutes later. Get those words down before you go down.
  • Stick to a routine. At least try to establish one. Block off chunks of time you know you can get away from the real world. It’s difficult, life’s unpredictable, but having a routine increases your chances of having words written. And don’t we all want to have words written?
  •  Be wise by using time you’d waste otherwise. Waiting for guests to arrive? Write. Waiting for that turkey to roast? Write. Waiting for your significant other to text you back? Write.
  • Make writing fun. Make it enjoyable. You’ll be more likely to write a story you want to tell even if you have a million parties to attend. I won’t have that problem because I have no friends.
  • Give yourself a break. Balance is your best friend. When you’re not writing, don’t worry about writing. Relax, recover, and return later.

Happy Holidays!

Writing

Should You Send Them A Holiday Card?

Grammarly does it again.

You can use the infographic to decide whether the people in your life are deserving of a card.

And if they are, then the six steps for success will come in handy.

Print

Happy Holidays!

Remember card writing is still writing.

Personal Reflection

Happy Family Day! Happy Presidents’ Day!

Happy Family Day! (If that holiday pertains to you at all.)

If not, Happy President’s Day! (If, once again, this is any concern to you.)

Or should I just say happy Monday? Unless of course, it’s not Monday where you live since different places have different time zones, which is something I learned in a class I completely despised, but now that I think about it, I guess I did learn something…as much as I hate to admit it. I shall digress no further.

I hope you are able to spend some time with your family today or tonight regardless of whether or not you have Family Day where you live. And take a moment to honour/honor the prime ministers/presidents/leaders who have done great acts for your province/state/country/nation. You know what I mean.

And if you were wondering—although you probably weren’t—I did not happen to write a poem for either of the two holidays. There’s always next year.

Have a great one!

Writing

Being Single And Being A Writer On Valentine’s Day

At the end of my post yesterday I said I would update you on my progress of memorizing the 50 states and I’d write about writers in a lighthearted manner and now I’m rambling and most English teachers, mine especially, would scream that this is a run-on sentence.

Regardless, my Sunday is going well. My progress on learning the 50 states—spellings and settings—is coming along. As for the promised post about writers, I shall present to you the below…

The Promised Lighthearted Post On Writers (I left out the “being single” part yesterday; forgive me please):

Being Single And Being A Writer On Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, I figured I’d climb the love bandwagon (not literally, just figuratively) to some extent by writing about this fabulous holiday or half-holiday since most people don’t have the day off this Friday. Did I mention that serious writers never have any days off? Yep, writing is not just a stop-and-go kind of gig; it’s a life-long commitment.

Keep in mind this article is intended to be lighthearted, humorous, and comical.

Never fear being single and being a writer this Valentine’s Day. Here’s why:

  • You save money. Let’s be honest. For every rich writer in the world, there are plenty of penniless ones. What do they say again? Oh right, the truth hurts. In any case, if you’re a single writer on February 14th, you can sleep peacefully knowing you won’t have to spend a cent on someone else. That isn’t to say you can’t spend some money on yourself. Go buy your mind a book, buy your mouth some chocolate, buy yourself anything you can afford.
  • You are free to do as you please. Freedom is everything in the writing world. All writers enjoy the freedom, the liberty, the independence that comes with being a writer. In fact, most people wish to  have free will and some choice in life. If you’re single, you make your own rules. Not just on V-Day but every day of the year. Do something that triggers those happiness hormones in your body. Preferably, reading or writing. Or, if you prefer blogging, blog. You don’t have the burden of working around somebody else’s schedule. You just have to worry about your own. Determine your own fate. Don’t let your significant other (or lack thereof) stop you from living your life.
  • You can wear what you want. This last point is perhaps my favourite. You can wear what you want. You can dress up or dress down. You can throw on layers or throw off layers. Ironically, February 14th is a day where you don’t have to worry about impressing others. Go ahead, throw on your pajamas. I know how comfortable they are. Even better you need not worry about your weight on this special day. Besides, you can always hit the gym some other time. Like before summer comes along. Or after you publish your novel. If that is the case, you’ll be appearing on TV and magazines and newspapers and book signings. Now that’s an urgent excuse to use your gym membership instead of letting it collect dust in the corner of your drawer. Until then, you can rest easy knowing you are able to wear something that you actually want to wear without the pressure of someone scrutinizing your body.

Single. Check.

Writer. Check.

Single writer this Valentine’s Day. Check. Double check. Triple check.

Creative Writing · Personal Reflection

Happy New Year Poem (For 2014 With Rhyme)

Here’s to the new year

May 2014 bring lots of good cheer

Wishing you succeed in what you set out to do

May you find success and happiness too

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You’ve worked so hard and come so far

So reach for the sky and wish upon a star

Never lose that fire in your heart

Never let anyone tear your dreams apart

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Don’t let life pass you by

Don’t let go before saying goodbye

Nothing’s ever built to last

Not this year or the past

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I hope you will cherish the last day of 2013 and I wish everyone a wonderful new year!

Blogging

Thankfully, Blogs Don’t Have Closing Hours

At least blogs don’t have closing hours. Unlike stores, which close during the holidays, blogs are still up and running every day.

Can you imagine blogs being available from nine to five or only accessible on weekdays? Because I know I can’t.

Once again, I wish you all a…

Merry Christmas

Or Merry Happy Wednesday!