Self-doubt. Writer's block. Daily wars against distraction. Lack of support and/or understanding from friends and family. Impostor syndrome. Bouncing back from rejection and less-than-stellar reviews. The tedious work of editing and revising and querying and researching. The “extroverting” necessary for getting the word out about our books...
The list of reasons why writing is difficult seems endless, but it doesn't matter. Why? Because writing is magic. It transforms us and sets us free. It breathes light into darkness, hope into despair, and invites both writer and reader to imagine and dream and escape reality just long enough to let stories remind them of what's possible.
Don't give up when it gets tough. Keep digging. Keep fighting. Keep writing, because it's absolutely, positively, indisputably worth it. #unstoppablewriter
Happy Saturday, inklings! This is a quote from my latest blog
post all about writing descriptions. (Link in bio) What’s the most recent setting or character you described in your story? Yesterday I wrote about a pantry/teleportation portal that allows my main characters to spy on or travel to Mount Olympus
Doesn’t it seem like this sometimes? Like we are all just wispy, lacy bits of life silhouetted against some deepening gradient of blue black sky. So delicate and tangled. So tender and thin. And yet, still, so resolutely here. Sometimes I feel like this. Like i need to catch myself standing in stark relief against something else in order to show you how I’m here. Deepen the contrast and boost the saturation and increase the clarity. Edit what I show you in an attempt to have you see what I feel. Don’t we all do this in some way? In our reaching and striving to be seen. To be known. Not as we may look. But as we know ourselves. In the depth. In the deep. In the whole and the holy. In the truth.
Finding good beta readers who help you to improve your manuscript is essential to your writing journey as a new author! These beta readers will help you to improve your writing, answer any questions you may have as it relates to your manuscript, and provide insights on the needs of the genre you write in.
Link for the full video is in my bio @thelifeofawriter