Personal Reflection

How To Be Successful

This post is one part cliche, two parts vague, and three parts true. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  1. Plan ahead.
  2. Keep practicing.
  3. Stay dedicated.
  4. Continue learning.
  5. Take feedback.
  6. Keep improving.
  7. Overcome rejection.
  8. Adapt accordingly.
  9. Be humble.
  10. Know yourself.
Blogging

March 2015: What I Love

Remember that regular feature I said I was going to do for my blog?

Well, the 22nd of March is upon us. The time has come for me to discuss what I currently love.

I had no idea what to expect when I signed up.

But, even though it’s over, I love Blogging 101.

There’s so much I can say. There’s only one thing I will.

It’s such a humbling experience.

You will learn. You will grow. You will realize you don’t know everything there is to know about blogging.

Writing

Writing Related Things I Suck At

Because let’s be honest, I love writing, but I’m not great at it. There are some things I absolutely suck at. Do you hear the modesty in my voice right now? Humble should be my middle name.

  • I can’t show; I usually tell. Telling is ten billion times easier than showing.
  • I spend too much time thinking (and not enough writing). Like a lot of time is devoted to thinking. Hours, days, years.
  • I’m not spontaneous. I have many friends. Surprises aren’t one of them.
  • I’m not extremely original or creative. If I ever share some of my old pieces on here, you’ll understand.
  • I don’t practice what I preach. Never have, never will.
Personal Reflection · Writing

Rejection After Rejection, Success After Success

I want to fail just once so I can be humbled by the experience.

Nope, doesn’t happen. Instead life has to work out well. Too well.

Rather than rejection after rejection, it’s success after success.

I’m starting to think I’m actually a decent writer.

Uh-oh. Let the arrogant me take over.

Writing

8 Traits Writers Look For When Choosing Their Friends

If you ever want to be best buddies with a writer, you need to acquire a few, preferably all, of the traits listed below.

These are personally my top eight traits I look for when choosing my friends. Of course, I look for other characteristics and consider different factors when picking my company but these are the ones I tend to care most about.

I gravitate towards people who are humble, ambitious, supportive, understanding, independent, well-rounded, and funny. Below I explain why.

Humble.

Condescension will not help you in befriending a writer. Why? It just won’t. So deal with it.

Ambitious.

Have goals and make plans for your future because this is what a writer does best.

Supportive.

Writers will support you if you support them through everything. Rejection, burnout, everything.

Understanding.

You need to accept and understand a writer’s quirks, idiosyncrasies, and characteristics. At least try to.

Independent.

You must be reliant on yourself if you plan to impress the almighty writer. You don’t see them asking someone else to write their novels for them, do you? That’s what I thought.

Well-read/well-educated.

The more you know, the better off you are making friends with the pen-wielding, word-savvy individual. Smart individuals make for intelligent conversation, which contributes to better writing.

Funny.

You need to have a sense of humor and an ability to provide amusement. This makes for great stories, characters, and dialogue.

Don’t say I never told you so.