Writing

How To Stay Positive As A Writer

It’s not easy staying positive as a writer, especially when the world keeps rejecting your work.

But positivity is a beautiful thing. Here’s to keeping your optimism alive and well.

  • Celebrate small wins. You came up with an idea? You wrote one sentence? You edited a paragraph? Celebrate that. It’s easy to overlook all the little things in life. You may feel like you aren’t making progress, but if you’re putting in the work every day, life will fall into place. Besides, small wins add up to big victories over time.
  • Look back. Remember all you’ve achieved.
  • Look forward. Think about the things you can accomplish.
  • Treat yourself. You deserve it. Play. How fun. Do other activities.
  • Be aware of your thoughts and feelings. Humans tend to focus on the negatives. Say positive affirmations. Whatever they may be.
  • Filter out the noise. There’s a lot of sounds or voices around at any given time. You don’t have to listen to all of it.
  • Use social media in moderation. Spending all day on Facebook isn’t that productive and probably won’t leave you feeling too proud.
  • Exercise often. Endorphins are a wonderful thing.
  • Choose what you read carefully. Reading is amazing. But the media you consume can have an impact on your own emotions.
  • Go for a walk outside. Soak up the sun’s rays. Vitamin D is good for your health.
  • Write for yourself. Create what you want. Tell the stories you need to tell. You’re different and unique. You aren’t anyone else, so don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.
Writing

​How To Find Inspiration

Even though inspiration is everywhere, it’s still easy to feel uninspired.

I’m a firm believer in not waiting around for anything, least of all inspiration.

By no means is this tiny list all encompassing.

Look around you. Like really look around you. A crack in the wall. That person on the bus. The wild animal roaming outside. Stories manifest from this stuff.

Look inward. Study yourself. You know you best. So examine your thoughts and feelings. This doesn’t mean write self insert characters. This means consider yourself as inspiration for a character.

Look towards media. Books in particular. I think a lot of problems in this world can be solved by picking up a book and reading it. But that’s just me.

Look up, down, right, left, in, out, here, there. Look everywhere!

Creative Writing · Personal Reflection

The Truth About Social Media

Facebook is fantastic.

Tumblr is terrific.

Twitter is thrilling.

WordPress is wonderful.

They are all of these things when used appropriately and  properly.