There are many things I wish I knew when I started writing: how to write, what to write, genre rules, what in tf a query letter was. But apart from everything I wish I’d known to be better at the process, I wish I’d know both the lift and the blow writing would take to my mental health, and how to avoid it.
...pinpoint what you love about other stories and fold them into your own writing...
...a fun and effective way to gather your thoughts and lead a more organized life...
The first of many posts geared towards advice for writers (new, old or returning) with a “what I wished I knew when I started out” theme. This particular one discuses maintaining your mental wellbeing while dealing with timelines, accepting criticisms, and engaging with the writing community. This is Writing is a Craft by L. Jo King.
...Always be willing to learn, while always being willing to teach...
It’s that time again. *starts ugly crying* it’s not Friday but who cares. Life is all about making something sweet out of something bitter.
It’s been two months since my last update. What have I been doing since then? A whole lot of nothing writing-wise. I have so much going on that I am drowning. A little bit of background: I work 40hrs a week at a fast-paced, non-writing job. I am helping #3 establish a time-consuming business, and I am battling self-worth issues. Yep, nothing new there.
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Without further ado, fall into autumn with me. Or, as I like to call it, going on when you can't go on. This is #fridayfrien d.
...all your mistakes might seem colossal in the moment but they are small in hindsight...
It is "officially" spring, my cluster. Time to clean out your house and any hindrance to achieving your goals. Let's talk about what you do when you hit a snag in your writing life. This is #fridayfriend
To every road, there are bumps and pot-holes. It is your choice to let those stop you or let them be the launching pad to your next level.
February is gone and March is here with a promise of spring and warmer days to come. #FridayFriend is back with an update on my dreams, goals and how to get to the next level. Last time, we talked about goals, its importance and how to set it. Today is all about how you have to be willing to adjust and revise your goals to find the path that leads to your nirvana.
Let's get started.
Your creativity has to be nurtured to stay ignited...
This post is an elaboration on the promises I made myself as this year came into being and updates regarding each one. The plan is to post monthly updates on my progress (or lack thereof), identify the contributing factor, and ways I can improve. This is under the blanket of #FridayFriend because it is also about keeping on track in your writing life. I will have tips and tricks to take us to the next level.
January is gone and February, the month of love, is here. Show some love to yourself and to your work and keep on reading. Today is all about goals.
You must be a visionary to guide your dream into actuality. Goals bridge this divide.
NaNoWriMo is upon us once again and just at the last minute, my characters mutinied and are doing their own thing. My story went from Sci-Fi to Fantasy in a hot second. This might have taken the wind out of my sail but I assure you, this ship will not sink.
One aspect of writing that a writer must know is genre. Most don't think they know much until it is explained. No matter where your writing takes you (be it author, screenwriting, or directing e.t.c.) you will always encounter genres. It is inescapable so you might as well become friends now.
Where do we start?
You heard me right. We begin with the creative spark that sets everything in motion. Every story ever written starts with an idea. If you ask any author what is the number one question he or she is asked, it’s this: “where do you get your inspiration?” Or some variety of that same question.
Inspiration is defined as “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something” (in this case to be creative). It is also defined as “the drawing in of breath; inhalation”.
“But Florence,” you implore, grabbing your notebook and shaking it in the air. “I don’t get it. How do I become inspired? Where can I find inspiration? How does inspiration become a novel?”
Okay, first, put the notebook down. Second, calm down.
Wheeew…Great! Crisis averted. You could have really done some damage.
I have three simple rules for you.
chasing that creative spark that sets everything in motion...