Writing

Advice On Breaking Into A Creative Industry

  • Do more than you have to, especially when you’re first starting out. Don’t just do the bare minimum and call it a day.
  • Always find people who will challenge you to improve. Never surround yourself around those don’t care if you stay stagnant.
  • Ask hard questions. Learn how to. And when you get an answer, listen. Sometimes you might not get an answer or you’ll get a no. That’s okay.
  • Don’t try to be perfect. The world won’t end if you mess up or make a mistake.
  • You’re not above anything or anyone. Kindness goes a long way.
  • Deliver on time. Fulfill your end of the deal. If you make a promise, keep it. If you can’t, don’t make one.
  • Chase down chances. No one’s going to hand you anything.
  • Be willing. You may not be the best or the brightest. But if you’re willing to put in the time and effort to get better, you’ll go a long way.
  • Show up and have something to show. Show up on time. Better yet, be early to events, meetings, etc.
  • Trust the process. It’s a long journey. Keep grinding. Trust your work ethic. Stop making excuses. Stop complaining. Put your head down and hustle. Do the work. Get it done.
  • Differentiate yourself. Embrace your differences. Stand out from the rest of the crowd. You’re not anyone else, so be the best version of yourself.
Reading

The Advantages Of Buying Books

Below are some of the advantages of buying books instead of borrowing or stealing them. I hope you don’t do the latter.

Condition

New and unused beats second-hand or hundred-hand. I made that up.

Smell 

What? Don’t tell me you’ve never sniffed a book. This will determine if we can be friends or not.

Possession  

You can do whatever you want with something that’s yours. Read it. Donate it. Eat it.

Grow your library 

Not satisfied with being good to yourself? You’re also going to…

Support the industry

Bless your heart and soul.

I could think of more if I tried. But I’m not going to try.

Purchasing books is the best thing ever. I don’t care what anyone else says.

Feel free to add to this list in the comments section below. Or, you know, add to my list in your head. That works too.

I wrote about the disadvantages in yesterday’s post.

Happy reading!

Personal Reflection · Writing

A Life Decision

I have come to the decision that I want to spend the rest of my life reading, writing, blogging, editing, revising, etc. I don’t want to just pursue writing as a hobby or for fun. I’m serious about it. So serious in fact that I want to study writing and English in post-secondary. Serious enough to go after a career in this industry.

You think I’m crazy, right? Crazy enough to follow my dreams, to listen to my heart, to do something I love?

Then yes, I am crazy.

Blogging

Before You Become A Blogger—A Pledge

  1. I promise to stay patient.
  2. I promise to persist despite any difficulties.
  3. I promise to persevere through tough or tumultuous times.
  4. I swear I will never take myself too seriously.
  5. I swear I will never take what anyone says personally.
  6. I swear I will never take from others without giving back mutually. 
  7. I pledge to respect myself.
  8. I pledge to respect this community.
  9. I pledge to respect the blogging industry.
  10. I vow to never make excuses about blogging (or lack thereof), for any reason, no matter how valid. 
  11. I vow to never complain about trivial matters such as likes (or lack of), followers (or lack of), re-blogs (or lack of).
  12. I vow to never stop blogging, writing, editing, revising, reading, communicating, interacting, posting, publishing, and anything that makes a blogger a blogger. 
Editing · Writing

5 Things Editors Aren’t (But Sometimes Are)

What you need to know before you read this article:

  1. I awoke at some ungodly hour in the morning.
  2. I played with said idea in my head while semi-conscious.
  3. I wrote this post while the sky was still black.

At this point you might be wondering why I’m sharing this information with you. Why in the world should you care?

Because most of my posts are written on at least 6 hours of sleep, conjured when conscious, and penned with the help of natural light.

On to matters that matter.

Editors:

  • They aren’t your “fall” guy or girl. First of all, if anyone ever says to me something along the lines of, “You were my editor yet you failed to catch this error”…I’ll secretly murder you in my next book. You can’t blame your editor for anything because it’s the writer’s name that gets slapped on the front, back, and center of a book—not the editor’s. It’s your responsibility then to be an editor as much as it’s your responsibility to be a writer.
  • They aren’t your friend first and foremost. Their job is to break you and your writing. Your job is not to be broken by it. If it crushes your ego to seek out advice from editors, why are you in this business? Editors are editors. While you may think they are your friends, when it comes to editing, both the writer and editor must put aside that friendship temporarily.
  • They aren’t holding a gun to your head, forcing you to change something. Maybe you envision your editor doing so, but really, you’re the writer of the article. Therefore, you  must write the story the way you want it to be written.
  • They aren’t holding your hand, walking you through the process. Editors weren’t put on this earth to solve all your problems.
  • They aren’t miracle workers. Then again, sometimes they are.