Reading

Underrated Talents Reader Possess

  • Forgetting everything they just read but remembering something they read ten months ago.
  • Lying to themselves when they say “one more chapter”.
  • Navigating their way around bookstores and libraries.
  • Spotting red herrings a mile away.
  • Reading multiple books at once.
  • Recommending great reads on demand.
  • Organizing their shelves by colour, genre, and height.
  • Picking up a book but not putting it down.
  • Keeping snacks on hand.
  • Owning novels they haven’t read.
Writing

Underrated Talents Writer Possess

  • Silently correcting your grammar.
  • Procrastinating up until the deadline.
  • Abandoning people and stories equally.
  • Thinking about writing.
  • Creating plot holes and solving them.
  • Having a lot of shiny new ideas.
  • Listening to all kinds of music.
  • Recommending the best books.
  • Noticing everything.
  • Remembering more than most.
  • Listening to people when they speak.
  • Empathizing with everyone.
  • Making time for writing.
Blogging

Blogging 101: Keep Personalizing

Create and upload a simple header, background, or both. Already done? Try a widget.

I’m fairly happy with the way my blog looks right now. And I’m beginning to feel like I keep repeating myself. But I hate sounding redundant as much as the next writer so I might as well try my hand at creating a header.

What’s the worst that could happen?

This is the best I can do:

Aspiringwriter22's WordPress HeaderClearly my talents are lacking in other areas.

Blogging · Writing

Blogging 101: Identify Your Audience

Publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.

This will be fun. Ready, set, go.

Work hard now.

My mom believes that if you work hard now, you won’t have to work as hard later. With context she means I should study hard while I’m in school so my life will be slightly better when I’m older. “Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid.” Not the best quote to insert here, but give me some credit for trying. I think the biggest piece of advice I can give aspiring writers is to work hard now. Don’t put off something you can do today, right this minute. Talent, skill, luck only gets you so far. The rest of the journey is up to you.

Fail. Fail. Fail. 

If you aren’t failing, you’re doing something wrong. One of my teachers compares writing to baseball. You will fail a lot. Baseball players don’t hit every ball they’re thrown. In fact, no hitter even succeeds fifty percent of the time. Failure means you’re doing well. You’re getting closer and closer each time you fail.

Forgive yourself.

You will make mistakes. So learn from them. Get better. Don’t be bitter. Haven’t learned how to forgive yourself? Make yourself. Force yourself. Do whatever it takes. You’ll be much happier once you master the art of forgiveness.

This post originally started out (in my mind) as advice I’d give to aspiring writers. Turns out, these are three pieces of advice I’d give myself. Make that four.

The new-to-me element is a picture with advice written in the caption. Didn’t see that one coming, did you?

Library
Never stop reading.

Sometimes the person you’re actually writing to is you. Sometimes it’s your mom, your cousin, your friend, your teacher, your boss, etc. So write with your audience in mind. Just don’t forget to write for yourself too.

Quotes

Quote About Talent

It’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to cultivate your talents or throw it away.