WRITE WHEN YOU CAN, FOR THE WORDS CAN QUICKLY DISAPPEAR

I think I’ve written a post or two before on this topic, but, here we go again. 🙂

One of the things I’ve found through trying to write my novel and my efforts at writing consistently (“consistently”) is that writer’s block is a very real and difficult thing.

Inspirational moments of intense, brilliant ideas sometimes are very few and far between. If you feel it, write it. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

If you can’t find the words, take a break. This is only my opinion, and for others this doesn’t work. Continue reading “WRITE WHEN YOU CAN, FOR THE WORDS CAN QUICKLY DISAPPEAR”

EDITING… THE TEDIOUS TASK

The progress of my novel so far is… well, better than when I began blogging a few months ago.

Apparently my novel has a mind of it’s own, or perhaps it’s just my mind lacking proper skill and determination.

The toughest part for me has been the editing. Oh, the editing… I’ve been editing the thing for over a year. A year! I know, I know. Writing takes time. But a year is just so long if you think about it.

Continue reading “EDITING… THE TEDIOUS TASK”

I’M BROKE AND ILL, AND ALL I WANNA DO IS WRITE

Being ‘sick’ doesn’t define you, except when it does. When you can’t work because of health issues.

Being poor shapes your life. Yes, I said it. Money is oh-so-powerful. I don’t even mean a lot of money, I just mean a livable wage. A simple life is what I crave.

Writing calls to me for whatever reason. It’s the easiest thing for me to do, whether I’m feeling good or terrible (mostly the latter).

I just wish I could write and little magical fairies would make money appear. How nice would that be? Continue reading “I’M BROKE AND ILL, AND ALL I WANNA DO IS WRITE”

IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER, WRITE A BOOK

If you really want to test yourself, write a novel. Novel: a longer book that ranges from 75,000-120,000 words (another source claimed 60,000-100,000 words), depending on font choices. 

I went into the process of writing my first (and current) novel with the sole intent of writing a novel, just to see if I could accomplish it. I was so happy when I hit that 80,000th word! (since that’s what I thought to be the definition of a novel at the time.)

Here’s what I did, and didn’t, expect… Continue reading “IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER, WRITE A BOOK”

THE COMMON BOND THAT WRITERS SHARE: MISERY

I’ve been writing a lot of negative posts lately, so, I guess here’s another one. I wrote this a little bit ago, just tweaked it now to get a post out today.

Emily Dickinson. Edgar Allan Poe. Sylvia Plath. Mark Twain. Helen Keller. Stephen King. Anne Rice.

The names above are just some of the famous authors who struggled with illnesses.

I love to read. However, I haven’t embarked on many of the classics yet. I’ve watched some of the movie-versions of the books I haven’t read yet, though.

Sometimes even reading is too demanding of a hobby when I’m feeling bad (“bad”… ha). I think it would help if I could. Depression makes you lose motivation even for the hobbies you do still enjoy and can manage to do. I want to learn to push through that and be productive.

So, why do so many successful writers deal with, or have dealt with, health issues? Specifically, depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses (as well as physical issues, of course. In my journey with physical pain, I can see why physical issues can lead to depression).

Is writing a therapy, or is it just that the nature of people struggling with these issues seem to lean toward writing? Is it both? Is it a coincidence? Continue reading “THE COMMON BOND THAT WRITERS SHARE: MISERY”

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF INSPIRATION TO OVERCOME WRITER’S BLOCK

INSPIRATION FUELED BY PASSION

Yesterday I had a new idea pop into my head for a story.

A real idea that I could see as a book.

So, as you can imagine, I got pretty excited about it and wanted to start writing right away! This was around five o’clock.

And then… Continue reading “TAKING ADVANTAGE OF INSPIRATION TO OVERCOME WRITER’S BLOCK”

“EXPERIENCE NEEDED” – THE FRUSTRATION OF SEARCHING FOR A WORK FROM HOME JOB

I’m probably not the only one who has zilch experience or a college degree… right?

So just now, as I was browsing a blog based on making money from home, every single job offer said those dreaded words of mine: “experience needed”…

(I know that applies to “traditional” jobs too, of course, but in this post I’ll be focusing on the online job market.)

Now… I don’t do this search often because I know how dim the prospects are for someone like me, yet whenever I do decide to search, I get disappointed all over again. Ridiculous. Continue reading ““EXPERIENCE NEEDED” – THE FRUSTRATION OF SEARCHING FOR A WORK FROM HOME JOB”