I know I'm not the only one who struggles with a fear of embracing the creative life. Embracing this role as a creator is hard work, and no matter where you are in your creative journey, taking the leap to the next level can be daunting. It's personal and different and daring, and all those delicious things that usually accompany the goals and dreams we long for most.
Well, it's October, and you know what that means: yellow leaves, a chill in the air, and a growing buzz about NaNoWriMo. If that just looked like a goofy jumble of letters and not a word, allow me to explain. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, a yearly event where people from around the world … Continue reading Thinking of NaNoWriMo? The Truth About Writing a Novel in a Month
You're the author, and you're in control of the story. If you want to keep writing, I think you can make it happen. If you want to be done, you have the power to make that choice too. It's up to you to weigh the pros and cons and decide whether your manuscript is worth your precious time.
There's a lot of writer advice out there that errs on the side of keeping it up at all costs. "You can work through anything!" "Never quit!" "Think of how good it will feel when you actually finish this manuscript!" Well, I'm here to say that not all manuscripts are meant to be finished. And some of them should be quit.
But if you're wanting to take your writing to the next level, you're going to have to learn to deal with Suck Days. It might not be easy, but here are four things I've found that make the Suck Days not only more manageable, but something you can use to your advantage.
In fact, my reluctance to own the title "writer" may have actually held me back from the kind of bold moves that I secretly wanted to take.
Would I ever really finish a novel? The answer was yes. I did finish a novel. I did start to take my writing seriously. And I believe you can, too! You can escape the endless cycle of abandonment and write something brilliant. Here are the three things that broke me out of the abandonment cycle and helped me complete my first novel.
Like many people my age, I grew up on the Harry Potter books. I remember curling up beneath the covers, flashlight in hand, and staying up way too late reading about Harry's adventures at Hogwarts. I remember waiting anxiously for the next book in the series to be released, spending the intervening time decorating my … Continue reading 8 reasons Luna Lovegood is the best Harry Potter character
First off, many thanks to everyone who has ordered and read my book! It's become a cheesy thing to say "I couldn't have done it without you," but you dedicated bunch of family, friends, and readers seriously rock. Your support has made all the difference in this crazy journey they call writing. If you're still … Continue reading Reminder and thank you
Well, it happened. After years of practice and dreaming of being a writer I finally published my first book. How cool is that? It's been quite the journey to this point, with more effort than I've put into any other project and some fabulous support from some wonderful family and friends. But even considering the … Continue reading On writing my first book