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Does a big ego help or hinder writers?

This week’s question is: does a big ego help or hinder writers?

I usually stay neutral with questions like this but today I’m going to choose a side. That side is, I believe it hinders a writer.

Now, to understand this question we need to know what an ego is. According to the grandmaster of search engines, Google describes ego as:

ego

I have a mild ego. One that has enough self-esteem to know I’m worthy of the life I have, and a desire to strive for something better but I don’t think I’m the “greatest” person in the world that can be the only person that can make the world “amazing” and everyone should listen to me. In other words I’m not a narcissistic Cheeto but an average human being.

This average view of myself helps me stay neutral when it comes to judging my writing, and I also don’t raise myself up on a pedestal to preach how great I am to the masses… I think the world has enough of that at the moment. I think having a average ego helps me as a writer because I don’t belittle others striving towards their goals. If anything I’m more willing to help where I can and share my experiences.

There is a downside to having an average ego though…

I, at times, don’t know my worth, which allows others to take advantage of me. Someone with a large ego is more likely to know their worth… maybe even surpass their worth because of their view of their own self-importance. This could help them with getting noticed but can also hinder them with burning bridges.

The best authors, in my opinion, are those that are average egos.

They release their worth and they use it to better others. J.K. Rowling – yes, I use her a lot for examples – is the perfect fit for this example. She knows what it is like to be at the bottom of the income ladder. When she became famous for her series she didn’t let that fame go to her head, and instead used the money that she had and influence that she gained to better others around her. You could say the same about Bill Gates. He knows how powerful he is and he is using that power to help others not help himself.

I think someone with a high ego wouldn’t do well within the writing community. Okay, maybe at first… but other time their inflated sense of self-importance and arrogance towards those around them may cause their popularity to fade.

So, as much as a big ego goes it may help a writer in the short term but hinder them in the long term.

What do you think? Do you think a big ego hurts a writer or helps them? Put your answer in the comment section down below, I love hearing your answers. Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always Toodles! ^.^

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

 

The most common traps for aspiring authors that come to my mind are three things:

  1. If I write it they will come.
  2. Everyone will love my book.
  3. No one will want my book, so what’s the point.

These are the three I’ve faced and the three I believe I’ve gotten past since completing my second book. When you are new to the writing game there is very little guidance and most of the work you have to be willing to do.

If I write it they will come – is such a common trap.

The reason for this is due to most aspiring writers approaching their writing from the wrong angle. You are looking at it from a readers standpoint not a writers stand point. As a reader you found a book on a shelf that you liked and in a sense that author did make it and attracted you to the work. But, new writers don’t see the middle part.

Authors spend just as much time figuring out ways to attract the reader to their book as they do writing it. They didn’t just make the book and wait for people to find it, most authors – at least the successful ones – had a plan to get people to read their books through marketing it or getting out there to show their face at certain events. I am still learning this part and trying to figure out a way to reach the people I know would enjoy my books. Being an author is equal parts marketing to equal parts writing. At least that’s what I have found.

This follows with – everyone will love my book.

A very unrealistic point of view. You love your book because you wrote it. You love your book because you created the story and put in the hours making it. Just because you love your work doesn’t mean everyone will love it. Not everyone reads the same thing.

For example: I love writing fantasy but I don’t enjoy reading them. I love historical non-fiction and memoirs mostly… that is when I find time to read.

You have to approach writing realistically and with some idea who you want to market your book to. Age, gender, location, interests… etc., these are all things to consider when thinking of who your reader is going to be and who may love your book.

The same goes with – no one will want my book, so what’s the point.

Just like not everyone will love your book, not everyone is going to hate it either. You wrote a book or short story or poem that you needed to write. Something inside you called to you and said, the world needs this. That same voice is the reason why there will be people who will love your writing. Someone out there needs what you’ve written, and you may never meet them but they are there. The world is a big place with 7 billion people and there will be those that will not like your work but there will be just as many who will love it. You can’t be afraid of those few for the possible many that will embrace your creation.

So, in conclusion:

Always think of ways to engage your potential readers, (maybe start a blog like I did), or become part of a writing guild in your community to learn and get to know other creators.

Not everyone is going to love your creation as much as you will. It is your baby and in that sense you see it through rose coloured glasses. Get someone you trust to review your work and see if there are places where you can make your piece stronger. Also never be afraid of criticism; take it as a chance to grow.

At the same time, not everyone is going to hate what you create. Explore places where those that might enjoy your work may be hanging out either online or in the real world. Try sharing your talents in small ways to build your confidence and maybe your following. Who knows? Your work may touch more people than you could have imagined.

Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

 

 

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Hello Everyone!

For whatever reason my new save didn’t take and all you were able to see was ‘do a recording’. So, in case this was a technical error I will have to resort back to typing for the time being until I figure out what the problem with my recorder is.

Now, this week’s question is: Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Simple answer:

It depends.

More complicated answer:

It depends on what I am writing that could cause the difference in my energy levels. When I write something I’m passionate about like my book series or short stories I get a boost of energy. This is likely due to the increase of adrenaline I get from being excited about working on a project I’m passionate about.

If I am writing something more technical that requires more research and time, or it is a work project I have to do that I have no desire to work on my energy level decreases leaving me exhausted. I will complete the project but I will likely be bored during its completion process.

Most of the time when I write though I am doing it for my own enjoyment and not for work. In that sense the majority of the time I am energized when I’m writing. Like at the moment, as I am writing this blog post, I am energized because:

  1. I have adrenaline running through my system from the excitement of writing something to share with you.
  2. I have oxytocin running through my veins because of the possible human interaction I will have with all of you who read this, (and for those that don’t know oxytocin is the hormone responsible for that happy feeling you get from a hug or from getting a like on Facebook – this is also why writing can become an addiction).

With the combination of these two coursing through my veins it is hard to not be energized when writing. I’m excited to hear from you about what writing does to you. Let me know in the comment section down below. Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles!

 

 

Thinking Thursdays: 1st or 3rd Person?

Hello World Out There World!

Today’s Thinking Thursday is about 1st or 3rd person, which one do I prefer to write in.

When I first started getting into creative writing I found writing in 1st person the easiest way to get out my ideas. I would be able to imagine myself as the main character and write what I felt or saw. This was what was taught to us in school in regards to approaching creative writing. All I knew was 1st person and nothing else.

It was after doing some more research and reading books that weren’t for my age level that I discovered the amazing tense of 3rd person. I loved how the writer could explore a variety of views within one book and make the story deeper, or just write in one person’s point of view for the whole book. It was something new and exciting, which pushed me to practice writing in 3rd person.

As time went on I shied away from 1st person and started writing in 3rd person. Child of the Light (Book 1) is written in 3rd person and so is Children of Sirphan (Book 2). I found 3rd person the best style to use for this series since it follows a large group of people. It has been only recently, as I work on another side project – Too Much Jinn – that I’ve begun exploring 1st person again.

To me I don’t prefer writing in just one style. It depends on the characters and the book I’m working on as to what point of view works for the atmosphere I’m trying to portray.

When it comes to reading books I would much rather read in 3rd person than first. I like to be disconnected from the characters that I’m reading about and that is easier to do with 3rd person than 1st person. I also find a lot of young books are 1st person focused, which I don’t enjoy reading either. 1st person has a lot of I did this, I wanted to do that. With 3rd person the author is forced to explore the world more to capture the reader than just write from one view point.

Anyways… that’s just what I prefer…

What about you? Is there a point of view that you prefer to write in or does it just depend on the story you’re writing?

Leave your answers in the comment section down below and until next time – toodles!! :3

Thinking Thursdays: What time of day do you prefer to write?

Hello World Out There World!

Since we have reached over 560 followers in the last couple of weeks I thought it would be good to share with you a little bit about myself. This way those who have been following me since the beginning and those new  followers will learn a little more about the disembodied voice writing all these posts. 🙂

So, without further delay this weeks Thinking Thursday Question is:

What time of day do you prefer to write?

I’m a night writer. I can try to write during the day but my mind gets distracted too easily. For whatever reason night time my mind calms down enough for me to focus on my writing and editing. It is also when my mind is most creative… probably because it would be the time I would be laying in my bed trying to sleep.

It is also the quiet time of night. With Mr. Canuck in bed I don’t have to worry about being interrupted in the middle of a writing flow or having to pull away from my work to make dinner or clean the dishes. Once 11 pm hits so does my writing drive and I have been known to stay up until 6 am… which works for the moment. This is only become a problem once I get a job and then my writing habits will likely change again. 🙂

What times do you find yourself writing? Do you have any questions you want me to answer for the next Thinking Thursday? Let me know in the comments below and until next time – Toodles!! :3

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