My writing process varies a lot, but at a minimum it involves putting words into some sort of document. Sometimes I act out scenes before I draft them, other times I brew a nice cup of tea and curl up with a book that I love. Other times I just get to it and realize half an hour later that I’m only partially dressed and the lemon juice is still sitting out. Sometimes it’s crazy and disorganized, the veritable home of chaos. Other times it’s quiet and lovely. Though, as a general rule, if my desk is completely clear, then my cats have gotten to it and shoved everything off.
But really all that matters to the writing process for me is that eventually the story gets down. If I do that jotting down words while on the treadmill or trying not to laugh at the absurd translations that come from trying to narrate my story, then that works for me. I just want my stories to get done and out there.
I am inspired by almost everything it seems. Writing is a need for me. I have to do it, and as a result, everything around me becomes inspirational in a sense. Either something to emulate or reflect or avoid or do better.
I would always be a storyteller. But I suppose a sorceress who can read minds and command mythical creatures like dragons, chimeras, manticores, unicorns, and so on wouldn’t be a bad runner-up.
Plan to write a lot. You don’t have to write every day, but writing every day makes it easier to reach proficiency. Essentially it is a journey. The more that you do, the farther you will get. But don’t worry about rushing it. If you can write fast, great! Write as fast as you can. If you can only write slow, great! Write at the pace that works best for you.
Don’t compare yourself to other authors. If you can see something that you can learn, that’s fine. But if you’re looking at your fellow authors and thinking, “I’m never going to make it” or “I suck” or anything like that, you need to stop. Your journey is your own. The path you are on is your own. If you keep at it, you will make it. No one can tell you how long or how short that journey will be. But don’t despise it. Embrace the process. Learn all you can, and support your fellow creators. They aren’t your enemies. Their success won’t take away from you. So celebrate with them and push yourself forward ethically and courageously. No one can stop you except you so don’t get in your own way.
Oooh, let’s see. My emergency bookshelf would include some green tinted stenographer pads and pilot fine point pens. Then it would also include several books of mythology, including prime sources like the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda. Of course I would have to have The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, Phantastes, The Chronicles of Narnia, Dracula, Aku Aku, The Space Trilogy, Collected Works of Shakespeare, The Writings of Mark Twain, and then a couple bags of new books. There’s probably some others that I am missing here, but that’s all right. They’ll still be at home when I get back. Currently I’m hoping to be stranded in this well-stocked cabin for a couple days.
1 day ago
The @parliamentbooks is back with Halloween Hearth Stories this year & sweet sweet giveaway! Keep an eye out for a short from the #MarrowCharm universe & a sneak peek teaser of a book 2 character 👀💀🌹🕸️ #giveaway #UpcomingReleases https://t.co/ukQmBSjIIy
1 week ago
The Election is fast approaching. A group of writers, myself included, have come together to talk about the importance of voting, your rights, and any other useful info we could gather to help you be informed! Join us for #TheVotingBlock #Wattpadblockparty https://t.co/S1YPrTB1Ce https://t.co/H2z9uPNwpj
2 weeks ago
It’s a Monday kind of day & I’ve been struggling for the last week, trying to be present & function. My wish to the universe is that you be kind to yourself today. So many of us have private battles & kindness is the currency we tend to be most stingy spending on ourselves.