Personal Reflection

What I’d Tell My 20 Year Old Self

Be kind to everyone.

You don’t know what others are going through. They might be having a bad day.

You’re stronger than you think.

Give yourself more credit than you do.

Listen to the voice in your head.

Don’t confuse it for the voices of society.

Take care of your body.

You only have one.

The world isn’t fair.

Sometimes you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s life.

Love without shame.

Fall in love with people and things.

Learn to forgive.

You may never forget, but you can forgive. Do it for your own sake and sanity.

Confront your demons.

You have to face your fears. You can’t live the rest of your life scared to death.

Embrace failure and rejection.

You will learn more from screwing up than from success.

You aren’t always right.

It’s OK to be wrong.

You are not defined by your past.

Likewise, your past doesn’t dictate your future. Your present doesn’t either.

You will get better.

Your situation will improve. Nothing lasts forever. You may not feel fine right now, but one day you will.

Creative Writing

Where You Might Go | A Poem

Own it

You got this

Begin to believe

In who you are

Make your presence known

Let them hear you

No matter what happens

You won’t be silenced

So raise your voice

Say these words out loud

You never know

Where you might go

Personal Reflection

22 Reminders For 2018

  1. You only have one life.
  2. Work hard but play harder.
  3. You can’t do everything.
  4. It’s okay to say no.
  5. Better to fail than never try.
  6. Less is more.
  7. There’s always room for improvement.
  8. Write for yourself, not someone else.
  9. Find your voice.
  10. Read what you want.
  11. Hone your art, your craft.
  12. Your health matters.
  13. Finish the projects you start.
  14. Your body and mind need exercise.
  15. You learn more from failure than from success.
  16. Research before you jump to conclusions.
  17. You’re allowed to have fun.
  18. Never feel guilty for pursuing your passions.
  19. You don’t need permission.
  20. Everyone has 24 hours in a day.
  21. You’re closer to the end than you realize.
  22. You are worth it.
Blogging · Writing

How Being A Blogger Made Me A Better Writer

I don’t know many things, but I know that blogging has improved my writing. So I figured after four years of managing this blog, I should write a post explaining how being a blogger made me a better writer. And continues to. Let’s see where this goes.

Brevity

Before blogging, I used to be somewhat lengthy and wordy at times. But I’ve cut down on that. Get my point across. Use as many words as I need to. No more, no less.

Grammar

I try to use good grammar all the time. Blogging isn’t an exception. I’ve also run into instances where I’m unsure of a grammatical rule while I’m writing a blog post and had to look it up. It never hurts to have greater exposure to grammar.

Style

Everyone has their own style, even though it takes plenty of time to develop.

Voice

Being on WordPress allowed me to discover myself on many fronts. And because I aim to blog every day, I have had a lot of chances to figure out who I am.

How has blogging helped you as a writer?

Writing

On Finding Your Voice

You have a voice, one that’s unique and special. If you think you haven’t found yours yet, don’t worry. Put up missing signs. Ask everyone to return your voice to you if they see it around the neighbourhood.

I would like to find mine. It seems as though I’ve lost her. I’m not sure she wants to be returned to her original owner, however.

Feeling lost is perfectly normal. You can’t find what isn’t lost, right?

Seriously, you’ll come into your own soon enough.

Finding and developing your voice takes time. Years even. 

When you first start, you might find yourself impersonating other writers. I know I did. That’s part of the process.

But don’t ever beat yourself down because you can’t write like someone else. You aren’t anyone else. You are your own person with your own voice.

Your voice is special. Treat it that way. You deserve to.

You will change. Your voice won’t stay the same. If it does, we might have a problem.

Promise me you won’t force yourself to write like your friend or favourite author. Pinky promise.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is to stop forcing the issue. Allow yourself to grow as a writer. Naturally.

We’ve reached that part of the post where I give tips on the process of finding your voice.
Bad advice incoming.

Write a lot.

Reading is great and all, but you need to put your own words down on paper too.

Be patient.

Finding your voice doesn’t happen overnight, especially not while you’re sleeping. Trust the process and enjoy the journey.

Analyze your stories.

Maybe you’ll find a common pattern. Do you start your novels a certain way? Do you frame your poems in a similar manner?

Emulate others.

Why on earth would you echo another person’s voice when you want to find yours? Because you’ll realize there are things you just can’t emulate, no matter how hard you try. Besides, if you can’t pinpoint what your voice is exactly, at least you’ll know what your voice isn’t. That’s a start.

Tell stories aloud.

Writing and talking are similar. Storytelling requires a voice, regardless of the form it takes. So grab a friend or talk to yourself. You might stumble across a new discovery about yourself as a storyteller.

Happy voice finding!

Writing

An Open Letter To Writers

An Open Letter To Writers


Dear Writers,

You’re human. You will always be human. You’ll make your share of mistakes. You’ll fail and fall repeatedly. That’s if you try. If you take chances and risks. But if you want something badly enough, you’ll go for it. And every failure and fall will be worth it.

You’ll do well to remember that you’re a writer, not a machine. And you’re a character, not a computer.

You’re an individual with a voice, with a story to tell. You have every right to speak up and use your voice. You have every right in the world to tell that story. Your story.

Love your art, your craft. Love what you do and do what you love. But ultimately love yourself while you’re doing. While you’re living.

Never let anyone make you feel ashamed for who you are. Don’t feel bad for liking who you like and loving what you love.

No. You’ll hear that word a lot more than you’ll hear yes. Rejection is not personal, so be professional. Don’t take anything personally.

Take writing seriously but don’t take yourself too seriously.

Sincerely,

An Aspiring Writer
Writing

10 Pieces Of Writing Advice

  1. Respect your readers.
  2. Express yourself clearly.
  3. Never waste words.
  4. Strive for consistency.
  5. Perceive the world.
  6. Punctuate with purpose.
  7. Overcome all obstacles.
  8. Find your voice.
  9. Enjoy the journey.
  10. Love the craft.
Writing

The Real Reason Why I Write

Why do I write?

Are you ready to hear my reason?

I hope you’re sitting down.

You’re about to be blown away.

I write because I hate the sound of my voice. So I avoid speaking as much as possible. But because I’m insanely opinionated and completely cynical, I refuse to stay silent.

Writing is my way of speaking. I can express my ideas without being interrupted, which is important because I am always interrupted. By everyone.

If I let myself go on, this post will get too long. And instead of giving one reason, I’ll give too many.

Now you know the real reason why I write.

What’s your reason?