Writing can be a lonely pursuit. It’s easy to get the feeling that there’s no one out there like you. And in part, that is true. You are different with a unique voice and set of talents. No one is just like you, and that’s good. But sometimes we writers still get lonely. Even the most introverted of us need friends.
Community is something that most of us starve for deep down. We want to be among likeminded people. And yet other times we convince ourselves that being a lone ranger is the way to go. We don’t need anyone, because the creative life is one of solitude, yes? Whether we like it or not, that’s our destiny.
For some of you, the journey to discovering that you were born to communicate probably didn’t happen overnight. It may have come as a quiet nagging voice that just wouldn’t go away, until you finally just succumbed to the inevitable.
For others, you may have known almost since you were born that you had something to say to the world—and darn it—they better get ready to hear it. That’s kinda what happened to me. Being a writer was something I aspired to as a child. It was something I dreamed of for hours on end; telling stories, communicating ideas, reaching people and changing their lives. That’s what I wanted more than anything. I just wanted to make a difference.
In the past, I’ve talked about how writing can become a grind, and why it’s sometimes a good idea to take a break. Even though it’s enjoyable, being creative is hard work. Sometimes you need to allow yourself to rest and refuel.
Sometimes people ask me how I manage to keep up with my blog. How do I always manage to write content on time? Where do I get my ideas? The truth is, I struggled with this until I learned how to take breaks. And I don’t mean “check-social-media” kind of breaks; I’m talking about real breaks. The “leave-the-computer” kind.
Hey everyone! I am super excited that it’s almost time to share what I’ve been working on for several months now. For the longest time some questions have been popping up in my mind; questions I ask myself in the day-to-day grind of writing, and would guess many of you ask yourself too.
Things like: have you ever felt like your words aren’t quite conveying your intended message? You try and try—and try—to get them just right, only to feel that something is missing. Maybe sometimes they don’t even feel like they’re your words at all.
I was at a conference a few weeks ago, and I ended up meeting a couple of other writers. We chatted about all sorts of different writing-related topics, and eventually, the topic of blogging came up. One of the authors I talked to had written two novels, but she didn’t have a blog. It surprised me. But what surprised me even more was when she said, “I just don’t know that blogs are that important for novelists.”
I wanted to say, “Hey, wait a second! You don’t understand!” But then I realized that I used to think the same thing. Are blogs really that important for novelists? What can authors of fiction even do with a blog? Is it worth investing time in when you’re already busy cranking out fiction?
Some of you are probably aware by now (at least, if you follow me on social media), that I have a big announcement to share with you all. Well, today’s the day! (And I’m freaking out. Because, like, you know—it’s huge.)
If you’ve been keeping up with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you’ve probably heard me whispering mysteriously for the last few months about a major project I’ve been working on. I’ve kept it under wraps until now, but today, I want to share it with you. I’m so excited!
Have you ever just tried to sit down and write? Sometimes it works. You’re inspired, and you’re ready to rock and roll. Other times? Not so much. Even in the cases when you are inspired, it’s usually difficult to write for long (at least for me). Usually, and almost inevitably, inspiration runs out. You get stuck.
Some people are great at writing without a plan. I, however, am not one of those people. I don’t even write my blog posts without a plan. Even people who prefer to write and just let the story take the lead will eventually find themselves stuck or confused. There are just so many rabbit trails to go down; so today I want to talk a little about how having guidelines for your story can actually make it better.