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I’ll Write When I’m Inspired

I hate when people say that they will write when they get inspired. I hate it even more when they then complain about how they never get around to writing anything or they don’t understand why they haven’t finished _______ writing project they have been trying to write for ______ number years.

“I’ll write when I’m inspired” is one reason why you are never going to get to writing. If you wait for the inspiration fairy to come visit so you can write you’ll miss all the opportunities to improve and even more opportunities to discover. If I waited to “feel like writing” or “feel inspired to write” I wouldn’t have two books published, my blog would be empty, and my websites would be non-existent.

Yes, it is easier to write when you’re inspired. Yes, writing can be more enjoyable when you are inspired. But 9 times out of 10 your best work isn’t going to be when you’re inspired. Inspiration helps make a foundation for ideas but pushing yourself to write is what gets your story built.

Here are some ways to put inspiration aside and get right to writing:

1. Making writing a habit:

Wake up every day and write a sentence down. Force yourself to post something on your blog or even write a response to someone else’s post. The more your write the easier it becomes and the better chance you’ll get to feeling motivated to write because you’ve made it habit instead of waiting for the inspiration fairy to come visit.

2. Explore other pieces of writing:

Checking out what other people are writing might help you get ideas on what you want to write. Better yet, write about your experiences or events that happened during your day. You don’t have to share them online but writing about your day can help your develop better writing skills.

3. Find fun knew ways to describe boring tasks or happenings.

In other words narrate your life. This can tie into number 2 but I find this helpful. Narrating your life like you’re a character in a book not only gets you writing, but you learn to develop your voice and what you should or shouldn’t add to scenes. It also is awesome at annoying housemates if you start narrating out loud.

4. Read something online that you think you could improve.

Write about that. Like I said above it doesn’t have to be published online but it gets you into a habit of writing.

5. Learn a new word and write down sentences you can use it in.

I do this with my Old Word Friday posts. As I love learning words and I am interested in old words I try to challenge myself with finding old words online and bringing them into current everyday conversation. Learning a new word and using it in sentences not only improves your vocabulary but gets you to think outside your current collection.

There you have it 5 ways to put aside your inspiration fairy and hopefully help you get into the habit of writing. These are also helpful with fighting writer’s block if you happen to be suffering from that.

Of course this is just my opinion… someone who writes for fun and for a living… so no reason to listen to my advice. You keep doing what you’re doing and I’ll just be over here writing about it. ^.^

Not Going to Write Itself

So, this popped up on my Pinterest today and I had to chuckle.

For the last week and a bit I have been reblogging or posting recipes but when it comes to actually writing I have been in a funk. This could be due to the fact I just powered through making all the changes I needed for my final draft to hand it off to my editor to spit and polish, or the fact that I have no idea what to share with all of you.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on book marketing and growing my ‘author’s brand’ so my head hasn’t been on the creative side but on the business side of being a indie-author. This of course has filled my mind with possibly starting a podcast or YouTube channel, which led me to watching/listening to already established authors’ channels, which in the end filled me so impostor syndrome that caused me to curl up in the fetal position and question why I torture myself.

The biggest issue I have is comparing myself to people but the other issue I have is doubting my own abilities. I want to post about my writing experiences or how to come up with characters but I see other more skilled authors doing that… leaving me thinking that maybe my posts are pointless. Maybe I’m afraid of rejections… and sure I’ve published one book and I am about to publish a second book in December but I still feel like I’m not good enough. XD

So, yeah all that doubt and impostor syndrome led me to hiding away for a week until this popped up on my Pinterest. All my thoughts I’ve been thinking about, the third book I’ve been playing out in my head but not writing down, these ideas I have for posts that I’m doing nothing with… they aren’t going to write themselves if I don’t get my butt in gear. Hence this post… which is hopefully the beginning of getting back to my blogging…

I also just realized it has been a while since I posted a Pinterest Writing Quote on here… maybe I’ll bring those back.

Anyways, until next time stay safe, be creative and as always toodles! 🙂

Write Like It Matters

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Wow… it has been a while since I posted. I missed two Thinking Thursdays and two Old Word Fridays… I’m such a terrible person…

At the moment I’m trying to settle into a new routine which has really buggered up my writing time. Normally I can write in the morning or the evening but when I get around to it now I’m either too tired or unmotivated to attempt writing anything on this page.

I’m sorry to say that at the moment my writing has taken a back-seat to my current life situation and yes, that is a problem. I’m trying to fix that as fast as I can because writing is very important to me. It helps me escape and helps me explore new ideas. Writing matters a lot to me.

As bloggers yourselves writing probably plays a big role in your lives as well. What we write and share with the world matters in some way. It may matter to a few readers or just to us but we wouldn’t have written something on an online platform if it didn’t have meaning. That’s the same with writing a book or short story. Somewhere inside us told us that this story was important and needed to be shared. You crawl at the words and climb up those paragraphs in hopes of finding out why your soul has chosen this story of all your story ideas to be shared. Somewhere inside you you knew that what you were writing mattered.

At least that’s how I feel when approaching my series. There is something special about it. I’m not just writing for the heck of it but because something I’m writing, let it be the characters or the themes, are important and need to be shared.

So, I will try to get back to a more regular schedule now and hopefully I’ll be able to post more for all of you to enjoy.

Until next time – toodles!

Don’t Write To Regret

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The thing about writing fiction is it allows to your approach topics that you are afraid to discuss in real life. Fiction gives you a screen where you can play around with a variety of elements that if said in conversation could possibly cause issues for you or those around you. Actually, I’ll go one step more and say writing in general allows you to explore.

Between the research you do to make sure a story is correct, or the interactions between characters – there are very few things that you can leave unsaid. Writing is a way of getting what is on your mind off. It allows you to escape and explore at the same time.

At least that’s what I find.

I love writing because it is a safe environment to test a variety of material that others may consider too gruesome, or disturbing for readers. I love writing because it allows me to say what I want to say, which gets what is inside me out. If I want to share it with the world then I can share it, but at the same time if you don’t want to share it with the world you don’t have to. Writing allows you to prepare for the world and have a moment to rethink your actions before going through it with.

Drafts are a great example of this.

When you write your first draft you speak from what if going on inside. The second draft allows you to flush out those ideas and make minor corrections. The third or so on drafts give you a chance to tighten your story and make the needed changes to please your audience.

Yes, there are some authors that write a first draft and just correct the spelling errors before publishing. The majority of writers – I think at least – make many attempts to be happy with their work before sharing it with the world. Most people worry about what others will think of how they see the world or what they have created. We want to make people happy and in the end that results in us cutting a lot of what we want to say out of our final works.

The question is – when you go back to read your old work later on will you feel regret for something you cut out of your final draft?

So far I haven’t come across a piece of my work that I’ve regret writing. On this platform I share with you unedited opinion pieces with some look into the creative writing I’ve done. I say what I wish to say on here without regret because I’m not afraid anymore. At the end of the day I want readers that understand or share similar interests as I have. I don’t want to right something that later haunts me because I didn’t say something or I held something back. That’s just my thoughts on the matter.

 

Writing Superpowers

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When it comes to writing we all have our specialties. Some of us are better at character development, others are great at world building. Just like the Justice League or the Avengers have a variety of superheroes that keep their teams together us writers have our communities to go to for support.

Recently I’ve been going to a writers group and it still amazes me how much talent is out there. There are people in my group that have never written a story but have so much know-how that they could teach a class. There are those – like myself – who have written and published works that share what we’ve learnt about the self-publishing/ traditional-publishing world. We all have something to share, something to learn, and something we are really good at.

I like to think my writing superpowers are character development and foreshadowing. I love creating relationships between characters and love writing pieces that you come to discover are way more important than I originally let on. I think that is due to what I love about reading. I don’t read for the world – one reason I don’t read fantasy books – but I read for the people. Mitch Albom is a great example of an author I will never stop loving. His superpower is to take normal life and make it amazing. He takes pieces like death, mortality, growing up, and purpose and turns it into this epic emotional roller-coaster.

I try my hardest to do that with my books. I know in the fantasy genre it is hard to make it feel real but I hope through my characters I can make the world relatable and the things that happen to them believable.

I think that’s why it is so important to have others read your stories before publishing or self-publishing. Other people have had different life experiences or may have a superpower to contribute to your work.

For example:

My editor loves fantasy and has read fantasy for as long as I’ve known him. I am also lucky enough to have grown up with him, so he knows me outside of writing and understands what I want out of my books. When he reads my books he has that background to help establish a more believable fantasy background in my work. He also has a better knowledge of writing rules – that I am slowly starting to grasp – which helps make my writing come across smoother or better written than if I published it without his review.

I have beta-readers who all have strengths in a variety of things. I have a beta-reader that is passionate about description and has amazing skill with showing rather than telling. This helps me immensely since I am a regular teller of stories and rarely show in my work. Their suggestions help me build a work full of visual details that may help the reader see the world than just read about it.

Lastly, I have another set of readers that help with portraying certain information or certain characters correctly. I do not have a background in medicine or herbal healing, so these people are there to make sure I am not writing bull and sending false facts to my readership. This goes with characters with certain backgrounds. I am an ally to the LGBTQ community but I don’t have too many negative experiences of being LGBTQ. My family and friends have been accepting of my choices, my partner is comfortable with my sexuality, I identify with the gender I was born with, and so when I am writing a character who is queer I don’t wish to misrepresent them. That’s why I’m thankful for having readers with a variety of backgrounds willing to help me shape my queer characters appropriately, insuring I don’t perpetuate negative stereotypes that we hear about in other media sources.

It is all right to not be perfect at everything.

Tony Stark isn’t perfect, neither is Batman… and their short comings are easily made up for with other members of their team. So when it comes to your writing your books, short stories, poetry, what-have-you – it is all right to lean on others in your community. It is all right to ask for help when you need it because at the end of the day you have a writing superpower that those people may need you to use for their work one day.

Thanks Phone

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I know it’s been a while since I posted. I wish I had a good excuse but the truth is Canada finally got Pokémon Go and everyone over night has become obsessed – I know I have at least, which either is a good thing or a bad thing. Good in the sense I have walked more than I have ever walked in my measly life to hatch virtual eggs to get more virtual creatures to become the best darn virtual trainer in the world! (If I can find something other than freaking Pidgeys and Rattatas!)

Oh, I’ve also been volunteering this week for Pride, which has also taken my time up! Hence not having an Old Word Friday last week… sorry for those looking forward to that. I will post two words this Friday to make up for it. 🙂

Anyways… the point of this post was to bring up something that made me laugh the other day.

I happened across a post while looking through Pinterest – my other procrastination site of doom. Sometimes I find pictures I keep to myself for my own enjoyment but there are others that I know most of you can relate to. This happens to be one of those posts:

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If you were to go back in time to my high school days and open my bag you’d find a laptop, notebook, notepad, pens, pencils, YA books, and scrap paper. I loved writing so much that I made sure I always had something available for me to write on. I wrote so much that teachers took away my notebooks during class so I would do my work and strangers in the hallways didn’t know me by name but by the nickname ‘Writer’s Craft’, which followed me into university, (that story for another time). The point was I never left home without something to write in.

Thankfully as time continued on and technology got better so did my bag.

By last year of university I had a much smaller purse that carried only my wallet, phone, and charger. I had no notebook, laptop, or notepad in my bag. I didn’t need to carry around books. Everything had magically become an app on my phone.

Need to write an idea down? Notepad App.

Need to write a page of a story down? Notepad App.

Want to read a book? Kindle App.

Saw something inspiring? Camera App.

Want to share my boring life with the world? WordPress App.

You get the idea…

Everything I once carried around, denting my shoulders in the process, is now taking up space on my phone along with my virtual pet collection. I’m still a writer but at least my back isn’t breaking when I leave the house anymore. 🙂

 

Writers I know you can relate

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Pinterest and I have a love hate relationship. I love it because it helps me find fun ideas, or prompts, or resources which I can explore/ learn more when it comes to the world of becoming a professional author. I hate it because when I should be working on my stories, editing, or researching certain aspects/ themes I instead look up DIY projects and funny Supernatural quotes.

Pinterest is both a great resource and the worst procrastination tool in my life.

Sometimes though I find something that relates so well to my life that I just have to share it with all of you. I know I’m not alone. There have been many followers that have mentioned this pain we call procrastination. This bane on our creative existence can come in many forms but whatever it is we all know that when it hits we are not going to get anything, I REPEAT ANYTHING, done.

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So, since you have read this and now know you are not alone, I hope this post was able to make you laugh or at least smile. 🙂

And until next time, toodles!

Writing Tip: Make Sure the Character Feels It

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I cannot stress how important this is.

If I’m reading a book and the main character or even support characters aren’t affected by the death of a group mate/ close character I lose interest. Not because it is bad writing… just because it doesn’t reflect the main characters relationship. If you spent the majority of the book  or books building a relationship with a character that is then killed off that main character – if they had been a real person – would react.

This doesn’t just cover killed off characters. A character can be badly hurt, captured… what have you and if the main character doesn’t react to the situation you’ve lost me. Sorry but unless your main character is a heartless robot who doesn’t give two bulls about anything, then your character must show some emotions.

A good example of using a death to motivate the main character is Katniss and Rue from the Hunger Games. My Gods that was a great way to use death to motivate and Katniss’s reaction was natural. Rue’s death pushed Katniss to beat the game, defy Snow, and in the end led to the whole rebellion. Rue set the fire and Katniss let it burn until it couldn’t be contained by the Capital any longer.

I’m sure there are other great examples of death and motivation out there but KatRue just stood out in my mind.

So, yeah… moral of this rant – make sure your main character reacts to the death of an innocent character…

 

Writing Prompt: Didn’t See Me

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