Are you a writer? Do you ever find yourself struggling to write what you’re currently working on? Well, I do. In fact, I’ve recently found it difficult to continue writing the novels I’ve started. Still, I find myself wanting to write and wanting to write something worthwhile.
In the last post I wrote, I spoke about how my relative, Gary Ginsburg, advised that I write some poetry to help me become motivated. I thought it was a great idea and began to work on some poems. You know what? I became inspired and I’m seriously considering writing a poetry book! I’ve already written about four poems that I’d love to include!
My point? Just because something isn’t working out doesn’t mean that you should give up. I’m not a failure just because I’m having trouble working on my novels – I’m simply not feeling the stories at the moment. However, I am enjoying writing poetry at the moment and the ideas seem to be flowing quite nicely. There’s no reason that I shouldn’t take advantage of that!
So if you’re struggling with what you’re working on, but still feel the desire to write, try writing a different medium. If you’ve been writing poetry and it’s not working out, try writing a story. If you’ve been writing stories and feel the need to take a break, try writing some poetry. You might just discover something wonderful!
Hey everybody! As many of you are already aware, I’ve been working on rereading and editing my current work in progress! At first, I have to admit, the process was going pretty slow and I wasn’t enjoying it in the least. However, after making some minor adjustments to how I went about things, the process became a lot easier and more enjoyable. Here are the steps I took!
1.) Print out what you’ve written so far – This may sound obvious, but at first I was reading what I had written so far on the computer. I found it difficult and annoying. Once I printed it, everything became easier and less of a pain.
2.) Pick out some helpful editing tools – A great way to facilitate the editing process is to find some writing instruments that are helpful. For example, I’m using a pen and highlighters to help highlight any edits that need to be made and make any notes necessary.
3.) Take breaks – Reading over your work is important, but that’s no reason to cram everything in at once. Read your work like you would any other book you read for your enjoyment – take your time and soak up the words. Rushing through the process just makes it feel like more of a chore.
4.) Try to get lost in the story – This may be difficult, but try not to focus on the fact that you wrote what you’re reading. Read the pages like any other piece of work – focusing on the plot, characters, and words!
These are the steps that I’ve found help facilitate the rereading and editing process. Feel free to use them and see if they work for you! If you have any further suggestions, I’d love to read about them in the comment section below! Thank you!
While I was perusing Instagram, I came across the quote by Stephen King – “Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference”.
I have to say that I’m not sure I agree with Mr. King. Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree that supporting one another’s writing is of the utmost importance. What I don’t think I agree with is that writing is a lonely job.
Yes, writing is something that – unless you’re co-writing – you do alone. However, I wouldn’t say that writing makes me feel lonely. In fact, when I’m writing, I feel a part of something – part of the writing community, part of the story I’m writing, and well – in touch with myself. I don’t feel like writing’s very lonely at all.
I will tell you something that helps though – the amazing amount of support that I’ve accumulated through my writing journey. I’ve met new friends, bonded with my family, and earned a better sense of myself all through sharing the written word. So this is why I wonder – why do some people feel that writing is such a lonely job?
If you feel lonely as a writer, I recommend you reaching out to fellow writers. Be safe while you do so, of course, but try to bond with those who share the common interest of the written word. Maybe even consider co-writing with someone you trust, or simply talk about your experiences with writing.
Do you find writing a lonely job or hobby? Why or why not?
Many writers are probably aware that writing can be extremely tiring. It’s not so much that it’s not enjoyable (I know that I personally love writing), but it often requires a lot of patience. After all, what do we want more as writers than to publish our work? To get it out there for the world to read? However, the reality lies in the fact that truly good writing usually does not occur over night – it takes time.
There is nothing wrong with being a little impatient when writing. In fact, in my opinion, it’s almost a good thing! I think it tends to show how dedicated we are in achieving our final goal of finishing our projects. On the other hand, though, we must be aware that there is a difference between feeling a bit impatient and actually rushing through our work. Rushing when writing isn’t something that I recommend – especially if you don’t absolutely need to finish your project by a certain date.
Again, I understand wanting to finish our work – to get our writing published and share it with those around us as soon as possible. There’s nothing wrong with that. Our writing is important though, and by extension, so is waiting until it’s at its very best to share it with the world. While I believe that no writing can ever be perfect, I do believe in putting our best foot forward and I don’t think that we can do that by rushing.
So here is my view on having patience when writing – I think it’s essential. I think it’s important to stay excited about whatever you’re writing, while keeping in mind that rushing through your work will not make it better.
I learned an important lesson the other day.
As many of you may know, I’d been struggling with my current work in progress. My plan for the novel was to write it a little differently than my other two books, so naturally I was a bit worried. Self-doubt caused me to start over from the beginning twice and let me tell you, each time I rewrote the draft, I was even more unhappy than I was with the previous copy. In the end, I realized that my first draft was indeed the best and that nothing was really wrong with it. In fact, I liked how it had turned out.
As writers, we all half self-doubt. Is our work good enough? Is it something people will want to read? Will it get decent reviews? Are we talented enough to pull this off? All of these questions enter our minds as we write our hearts out. There is nothing wrong with wanting to put our best foot forward, but sometimes we overthink our writing so much, that we end up digging our own holes. The deeper we dig, the harder it is to get ourselves out.
I decided that I needed to let things go. I decided that the more I nitpicked at every single sentence I wrote, the worse things were going to get. You know what? I was right. I read over my original draft and really liked it. I was almost upset that I wasted my time doubting myself. Instead of obsessing over whether or not my writing was good enough, I could have been working on my original draft. Sometimes we just need to step back and trust our instincts. I realized that I’m a good writer and although I’m not perfect, I should allow myself to write without thinking too much about what I’m putting down on paper. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t care, but we shouldn’t convince ourselves that we’re not talented, when in reality, just the opposite is true!
I have mixed feelings about forcing oneself to write. When I was younger, I used to focus a lot on counting words – I don’t do that anymore. Unless I’m writing for a contest where there’s a minimum/maximum amount of words one can write in order to be eligible to win, I really don’t concern myself with word count. Another area in which I don’t believe in pushing oneself to write is when you absolutely, positively do not feel like writing. I strongly believe that writing should be something that one enjoys – something that one wants to do.
Let me be clear. The above statement does not mean that I don’t think writers should never force themselves to sit down and work. Especially lately, I’ve been putting off working on my current work in progress. Why? Because the writing process seems more difficult than with my previous works. This story has many plots, parts, and the writing style is more complex. Do I want to write this story? Absolutely! Am I excited to see the finished product? One hundred percent, yes! The problem (or rather, the truth of the matter), however, is that in order to finish a project, you have to work on it!
Sometimes we don’t feel like writing. Sometimes we’re too scared that we’ll write something and mess up what we already have. As stated by Scott Berkun (a quote I recently saw on Instagram), “It’s not the fear of writing that blocks people, it’s the fear of not writing well; something quite different.”
It’s hard at times not to fear poor writing. After all, our goal as writers is not just to write, but to write well enough that others will want to read our work. Remember that there is no rush when writing whatever you’re writing. Remember that if you take your time, work consistently, and have faith in yourself, you can and will write something that you’re proud of!
Let’s talk honesty. Let’s talk kindness and respect. Let’s talk about how we should use both of them when sharing our opinions.
When someone asks for our opinion about their writing (or really anything), I firmly believe that honesty is always the best policy. Period. However, I also believe that we should share that honesty in a kind and respectful way. For example, if we read a book and we don’t care for it, I don’t think we should say something like: “Your writing is awful! or “Your plot makes no sense!”. Rather, we should find a nice, but honest, way of expressing our feelings.
Honesty is the best policy for many reasons. Most writers and authors (including myself) want to know how they can improve their writing. We take our work seriously and we don’t want people to say they like our writing just to spare our feelings. Simply being kind without honesty does not help us become better writers, it merely makes us feel that there is nothing we need to work on. For most of us, we want to be the best we can be. This doesn’t mean we have to point out every little flaw to each other, but it does mean that if we don’t like something and we think it’s relevant to mention, that we should.
Honesty, however, is very different from going out of your way to be hurtful. Like I said, there is a huge difference between being honest in a kind, helpful way and just being cruel. So when someone asks for your opinion or a review, tell them the truth, but try to do so in a considerate manner. Chances are that the writer will appreciate you taking the time to discuss any issues with them while also, of course, appreciating your kindness while doing so.
The bottom line is this – don’t be afraid to be honest. Just do so in a way that is respectful.