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.
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Writing

The Ultimate Guide To Writing A Novel

Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, here are some things to keep in mind as you write that novel.

This isn’t an ultimate guide by any means. Just some bad advice from an aspiring writer.

  • Take it word by word. Don’t worry about the 10,000th word or the 100,000th word. Think about the next one.
  • Edit later. Writing is hard enough as it is. Stop making the creative process harder for yourself. Besides, you can always fix your mistakes later.
  • Use good tools. If you prefer pen and paper, pick something that writes well. If you prefer typing, choose the word processor you like best. You don’t have to break the bank, but your tool needs to do its job.
  • Write the scene you want. Feel free to jump around from the beginning to the ending to the middle.
  • Enjoy yourself. Play your favourite songs. Have a drink nearby. Grab a snack or ten.
  • Live a little. Actually, live a lot. Go outside. Experience the world so you’re able to tell rich stories. You can’t shut yourself inside all day and night.
  • Have good posture. Your future self will thank you.
  • Keep your mind open. Don’t shoot down your ideas right away. Sometimes the craziest idea turns out better than you could ever imagine.
  • Challenge yourself. You’re capable of accomplishing far more than you give yourself credit for.
Writing

What It’s Like To Write A Novel

  • Getting hit by an idea, comparable to getting hit by lightning but 10 times better.
  • Trying to remember said idea because it’s going to make you rich and famous. Hello, New York Times bestseller and blockbuster movie deal with Hollywood.
  • Finding someplace to write down your story idea. A napkin works.
  • Beginning on a high note. Make sure you cherish the honeymoon phase. It doesn’t last long enough.
  • Reaching the halfway point and realizing you still have a long way to go. Don’t quit now. What a shame to let your hard work go to waste.
  • Coming to terms with the fact that your first draft sucks. Happens to the best of us.
  • Wanting to abandon your novel because another idea came along. Perhaps the grass is greener on the other side.
  • Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. You’re almost done.
  • Writing the last sentence. The two best words you’ll ever type: THE END.
  • Wishing you could sleep for the next 10 years. You can’t. Sorry.
  • Dreading the thought of having to edit your manuscript at some point. You got this.
  • Patting yourself on the back. Go eat a cake or two. You deserve it.
Writing

Tell The Story You’re Afraid To Tell

As a human being who is terrified of many things, I often use writing to deal with some of my fears. Obviously, that’s not the same as confronting them, but it’s a start.

That being said, I’ve been too scared to write about things I should. Or I’ll beat around the bush and skirt around the issue.

I don’t always write how I really feel.

So hopefully, I’ll listen to my own advice about telling the story I’m afraid to tell. I need to share it, if not with the world then at least with myself.

Perhaps I should do the same on this blog. There are many posts I haven’t written or published because of fear.

Then again, the posts I do manage to write turn out to be some of the best.

I can’t make any specific promises because I break everything, but I can make an effort to overcome my fear. Both on the page and in real life. I encourage all of you to do the same.

It won’t be easy. In fact, that’s hard work. But I like to believe the story you’re scared to death of sharing needs to be told.

I don’t want to live in fear, and I especially don’t want to write in fear.

To be honest, I’ve been holding back. I know I can do better. So what if I fail? So what if I make mistakes? I can learn. I will grow.

I censor, I filter. Sometimes I avoid writing what I think because I worry about what others will think.

But I don’t write for others. I write for myself. I have an audience of one. That girl is hard enough to please on a good day.

I don’t want to make my life even harder because I’m afraid to write. I won’t let fear get the best of me.

Editing

How To Silence Your Inner Editor

There are times you need to write, which means you somehow have to silence your inner editor. Unfortunately, that’s a lot easier said than done.

Below is all my bad advice on how to silence him or her.

Tell your editor to shut up. Put your foot down.

Ask nicely. If being mean doesn’t work, try being polite?

Don’t do anything. Sometimes not forcing the issue is the best thing you can do.

Embrace the obnoxious editor. Befriend him or her.

Ignore. Hopefully they can take a hint. Or at least learn to.

Blast music. Turn the volume up. Careful you don’t shatter your ear drums in the process.

Listen. Maybe your head is trying to tell you something. After you hear yourself out, maybe your inner editor will finally stop bothering you. One can hope.

Lock them in a cage and throw the key away. Or just imagine doing so.

Practice. Just keep writing.

Never write another word in your life. Non-writers don’t have to deal with annoying inner editors, right? It doesn’t seem like such a bad life.

Creative Writing

Do You Write? | A Poem

Do you write to remember but also forget

About all the things you now regret

Do you write to get away

Maybe you have something to say

Do you write about yourself

How you’re unlike anyone else

Do you write when it’s bright

Or a lot later at night

Do you write with a fire in your chest

Never wanting to give it a rest

Do you write when your heart is heavy

And also when you’re feeling cheery

Do you write for anybody

Or do you think of somebody

Do you write until your fingers bleed

Knowing that one idea is all you need

Do you write what’s true

Do you write for you?

Creative Writing

What If You Faced The Page…

What if you faced the page the same way you did once upon a time?

No ulterior motive. No agenda.

Just a story that needs to be told.

Not worried about perfection.

Sit down right now. Overcome what’s holding you back. Resist resistance.

You know you can. You have a chance.

Take what’s in front of you. Don’t look back.

Time waits for no one. Life goes on. The world won’t stop.

You have to do more to get where you want to go.

Have you forgotten why you first started? How did you begin?

Don’t think too much. There’s a song only you can sing.

What if you faced the page the same way you did as a kid?

Writing

30 Things This Writer Will Never Understand

  1. Why people don’t bring me cake after I finish writing a chapter.
  2. Why most of my chapters are short.
  3. Why I’m so short and bookshelves so tall.
  4. Why I can’t reach the top shelf even if I stand on my toes.
  5. Why my toes are always cold.
  6. Why my fingers are cold too.
  7. Why my fingers are big.
  8. Why my fingers like to hit the wrong keys.
  9. Why my phone’s autocorrect doesn’t understand I hit the wrong key, resulting in many typos.
  10. Why my friends feel the need to laugh at my typos.
  11. Why I even have friends when I don’t ever leave the house.
  12. Why fictional characters can’t be real friends.
  13. Why my characters are selfish and whether that’s a reflection of myself.
  14. Why I don’t get an idea every time I look at my reflection in the mirror.
  15. Why I can’t describe facial expressions well even while staring at a mirror.
  16. Why describing facial expressions is difficult.
  17. Why writing is difficult.
  18. Why I almost always tackle the most difficult idea rather than an easier one.
  19. Why I can’t remember the ideas I don’t write down.
  20. Why ideas pop into my head at the most inconvenient moments.
  21. Why I don’t write more often.
  22. Why I don’t always like what I write.
  23. Why I occasionally like what I write and get too attached.
  24. Why I always have to kill what I’m attached to.
  25. Why killing my darlings isn’t as easy as it sounds.
  26. Why dialogue sounds better in my head than it does on the page.
  27. Why notebooks don’t have an infinite number of pages in them.
  28. Why I fill up the pages without being aware of it.
  29. Why I’m not aware of my surroundings at any given time.
  30. Why I’m too aware and start staring at someone with the intention of writing him or her into my story.