Writing

All The Things A Writer Wants For Christmas

Happy December! As a writer, there are many things I want for Christmas.

  • A finished manuscript. I seriously need to stop abandoning stories.
  • Some new ideas. Sometimes I have too many. Sometimes I don’t have any.
  • More time. 25 hours in a day would be nice.
  • Small acts of kindness. Is that too much to ask for?
  • Peace and quiet. A baby crying nonstop is the complete opposite.
  • Someone to retrieve my sanity and bring it back to me. I don’t have any monetary reward, but I’ll dedicate my first book to you.
  • More money in my bank account. So I can buy stuff I don’t need.
  • A lifetime supply of books. I’m running out of space so…
  • Another bookshelf. Too bad my room is too small for that.
  • A house with a library in it. And on office.
  • The imposter syndrome to go away. Does it ever?
  • I’d love for my muse to come back to me. I’m not sure where it’s gone. Probably somewhere nicer and warmer.
  • Procrastination can leave me alone. The door is that way. I hope it bites you in the head, you big pest.
  • A strong dose of inspiration. The stronger the better.
  • I need motivation. Desperately.
  • Good sleep. Restful nights where I don’t wake up at an ungodly hour and start to contemplate all of my life choices.
  • A better sense of humour. Or someone who gets my sarcasm.
  • To see people I want to see and not see people I don’t want to. Knowing my luck however, the exact opposite will happen. I see someone who is a stranger to me more than I see my best friend. The universe clearly enjoys toying with my emotions.
  • Patience. Current status: non-existent. I have no idea how people keep calm and collected all the time. I can’t control myself. I’m out of control. Send help.
  • I really want to get over my fear of operating a motor vehicle, so I can drive myself far, far away and write for days. That’s my goal in life.
Personal Reflection

I Have No Motivation To Do Anything

I don’t feel all that motivated right now. I’m in a bit of a slump.

Obviously, there are highs and lows with just about everything in life. I’ve been trying to climb back up since the accident.

It was like my world got rocked upside down. I’ve sort of reverted back to old ways, which isn’t a bad thing in and of itself.

I’m also in a weird transitional time in my life. But I’m ready to move forward and look ahead.

Lately, I’ve been making more time for myself. I spent many hours thinking. Maybe it’s time to act now.

I’m not sure how to describe my current state. I’m better physically, but I’m also more present mentally than I have been in the past. I like to believe that’s a good sign.

In spite of everything, I’m excited to see for what’s next.

I can’t wait to read and review the books on my to be read shelf.

I’m dancing, stretching, and exercising better.

I hope to transcribe a ton of blog posts.

I will send my work into the world, regardless of how many rejections I get.

Baseball is in full swing. Beware all my bad jokes or puns.

By the end of 2018, I don’t want to look back and think it’s the year I got hit by a car. I want to be able to say I accomplished my goals. I refuse to be defined by what happened to me.

Blogging

Why I Blog Every Day

Or try to anyway.

I started blogging when I was fifteen years old. For some reason, I thought it’d be a good idea to publish a post every day. Four years later, I still aim to post something, a poem, a story, etc., within a twenty-four hour time frame.

I’m glad I push myself to do so. If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t blog much at all. I’d blog when I felt like it, when I had free time. Instead I blog even when I don’t want to, even when I have to make time for it.

Often before I sit down and blog, I’m not inspired or motivated. So part of the challenge is overcoming that. Why wait for inspiration or motivation anyway?

The more I blog, the more satisfying it is. Hence I try to blog as often as I can. Every day works for me.

Before I became a blogger, I had a tendency to work towards perfection. I still do to an extent. But being a blogger has made me realize I don’t have to be perfect.

Blogging is not about perfection so much as it is about getting my ideas down and working through them.

Writing

Motivation To Get You Through Camp NaNoWriMo

You’re halfway through. You’re 50 percent done.

You can do this.

Don’t give in. Don’t give up.

You’re a writer after all.

You have to persist and persevere.

Keep going.

Stay strong.

Finish your story. Finish what you start.

Think about how good you’ll feel after the fact. 

You’re allowed to slump. You’re allowed to slow down.

But you shouldn’t quit. You shouldn’t abandon the story you’re telling. It’s your story.

Whatever you’re writing, whatever you’re working on, finish it. 

That story won’t write itself.

Sit down and start. Get up when you finish.

Would you ever start telling your friend a story and then stop halfway through? Leave them hanging? Not tell them the ending?

Then why in the world would you do the same with your written stories?

Stop making excuses. And start writing. Start finishing. Just start.

It might be the worst thing you’ve ever written. But it’s still better than everything you’ve never written.

Writing

What Writers Complain About

I complain about many things. I like to think if you’re human, you complain too. And if you’re a writer, maybe you’ll relate to this post. Maybe you won’t.

Lack of time.

How is 24 hours enough time to squeeze in writing with the thousands of other things I have to do on any given day? Tell me.

Little to no inspiration or motivation.

I know. Don’t wait for either. Be an inspiration. Be your own motivation. But writing is so much more fun when you’re inspired or motivated. Better yet, both. 

People.

The day I stop complaining about people will be the day I stop writing.

What do you complain about?

Studying

Motivating Myself To Study

I’m going to motivate myself to study for my last exam by writing a post about it.

I have nothing to lose. So here goes nothing…

To Future Herminia,

Stop what you’re doing right now, whatever it is.

Get off your phone.

Grab your notes and read them. Review them.

Sit down or stand up. It doesn’t matter. So long as you start studying.

Read the first word. Read the next word. Read one sentence. Read one paragraph. Read one page. 

Take it one word at a time, one page at a time. 

Break up the work into smaller tasks. Take a break between each task.

Make a connection. Make even more connections.

Reward yourself after you get something done, not beforehand.

Breathe.

Calm down.

You got this. 

You can do it.

Writing

Writing Q & A | Unlikely Sources

All answers are my honest opinion. Feel free to agree. 

If you disagree then come after me with a pitch fork.

What’s an unlikely source of inspiration?

My interactions with other humans. Because it’s so rare for me to leave the house and even rarer that I interact with someone. Truth aside, baseball has been an unlikely source of inspiration for my fictional writing as of late. I don’t write about the game of baseball so much as I write about the lives of athletes and potential conflicts that could arise off the field.

What’s an unlikely source of motivation?

Does jealousy count? If no, then fear. I like to think I can motivate myself without external reward. But I might be more motivated to do something when I’m scared of the consequences. I study because I fear failure. I work because I’m afraid of being broke. As for what motivates me to write, I’m terrified the writing gods will frown down upon me if I don’t.

What’s an unlikely source of satisfaction?

Finishing a notebook and starting a new one. Mostly because I have a hard time filling a notebook completely before starting a new one.

What’s an unlikely source of frustration?

When people can’t detect my sarcasm via the written word. Or when an individual tells me my writing sucks. The latter doesn’t happen very often however.

Writing

Keep Yourself Motivated

My master list of motivation tips.

You’ll have to click here (1-5) or here (6-10) for a more in-depth explanation of each.

  1. Find what or who you love about the story. 
  2. Make a friend keep you accountable. 
  3. Punish yourself. 
  4. Set deadlines. 
  5. Publish your story. 
  6. Play music. 
  7. Leave home. 
  8. Have fun. 
  9. Delay reward. 
  10. Start writing. 

This second post isn’t a cover up for my mistake.