I've noticed that when things get hard, some people shut down. They don't like the chapter they wrote, so they get so frustrated that they can't do anything. Or perhaps they are struggling to find the perfect word with twenty dictionary tabs open. Their foot taps at a hundred beats per minute while their mind … Continue reading What to do if your writing/art frustrates you
On the first day of class, eighteen students sat in a circle, facing each other as awkward as can be. We didn't really look at each other, and most of us had no idea what we were doing there. Our teacher leaned forward and turned to look at each of us. She asked how long … Continue reading Can you stop writing – take a break – for “too long”?
Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and that could mean taking a break from writing. Don't be discouraged though. Things always happen, but it's always what you make of it. It doesn't mean you'll never write again or that your writing will turn bad. Everything will be all right.
Take a deep breath. Breathe. Really. It's time to think for a moment. When was the last time you spent hours focusing on your craft? How many hours do you spend on writing? How many hours do you wish you spent on writing? Sometimes it's good to take a step back and reevaluate. How much … Continue reading More time to write
Taking time off can be fishy. You can want to take some time off for about a week and suddenly it's two months later. It's good to take time off; don't get me wrong. But it can also be dangerous. Time off is nice and pleasant. It's hard to get back into a working mood. … Continue reading Taking time off…
A great writing quote I've found is from Octavia Bulter. “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” ― Octavia E. Butler Writing is a craft … Continue reading Keep on writing
Sometimes we can't write and that's okay. Writing is a complex and draining process. It can be a brutal procedure at times when someone writes almost every day. Instead, it may be better to curl up into a ball with a warm blanket. Especially during a busy time, writing gets sore and tiring. Writing is … Continue reading Writers can’t always write
Sometimes I think I'm an amazing writer, but I'm also a terrible one at the same time. Some people love my stories no matter what. I can move them without meaning to. My words take them to whole new worlds. I bring out another side that doesn't happen often. But - with those same words … Continue reading All writers = amazing and terrible
It's easy to get stuck during NaNoWriMo. After writing 31,673 words in 19 days or even 5,000 words in a few days, what else could I write about? The story has a plot, but there's no clear path of where the story is going. I've gotten to this point many times during this NaNoWriMo. Before … Continue reading How to get unstuck during NaNoWriMo
At an English Major panel, I got advice for success in life-after-graduation. It was a cozy room, stuffed with English nerds. Afterwards, I talked with a professional author. One of the first sentences she said was, "I don't agree with what she said during the panel." She pointed towards a CEO in the publishing field. … Continue reading Difference in success