First drafts have exactly one job: to exist.
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The number one nemesis to any writer struggling to get that draft written is your inner editor. She's got a grating voice and constantly nags you about your grammar, your sentence structures, your plot development. "Change this. Fix that. Make it better."
One of my favorite writing quotes is from William Faulkner:
I only write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning.
I love this quote mainly because it emphasizes that waiting for inspiration is not the way to get things done. But it also promotes a common piece of advice in the writing world: Write every day.
Like much writing advice, the "write every day" mantra is often lauded as the be-all-end-all. And like most writing advice, that is simply not the case. Although I am a proponent of writing every day in many contexts, I do recognize that the advice is not perfect for every writer in every situation. Whether writing every day is a good idea depends on the individual and can change for each individual.
Although I generally find writing every day to seriously boost my productivity, there are times that I need to slow down or (gasp) take a break. So remembering that all writing advice has positives and negatives, let's take a moment to look at the pros and cons of writing every day so you can decide whether it's the best idea for you at this specific stage in your writing journey.
"I'm not a real writer."
Sounds familiar, right? Anyone who has spent time writing or in the company of writers have likely said this or heard someone else say it. "I'm not good enough to call myself a writer. I'm not published. I'm not like [insert name of famous author here]."
According to Merriam-Webster, "The term 'impostor syndrome' can be traced to a 1978 article by the American psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, 'The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention.'"
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After a year-long hiatus, I'm back on YouTube! I have plenty of news to share, including a new furry family member and a literary agent.
Ayden’s Choice by Sam Felix is YA science fiction, but rather than focusing on futuristic technology and what-ifs, Felix sets his story in the throes of modern technology with a narrative impacted by the Internet, smartphones, and GPS glitches.
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If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel, you've probably seen this series. But for all my lovely blog followers who might not have, I thought I would collect all the videos on one page. This Editing Basics series is an overview of the editing process. It's not an in-depth look at how to edit; it's meant to lay out the basic phases of the editing process for those who aren't sure where to start or what direction to take. If you're new to editing, take a moment to go through these videos—they're brief—and get an idea of how to structure the process. Not only will this simplify your editing process, it'll help you feel more confident going in! Sometimes that can make all the difference.
I've been on YouTube for a couple months now. I never imagined I would have this much fun and meet so many amazing people. Seriously, if you're not hanging out on YouTube, take a moment and check out the AuthorTube community. This playlist of AuthorTube Newbie Tag videos is a great place to start. It's so easy to get to know people when you can see their faces and hear their voices, and these people are definitely worth getting to know.
Below, you'll find some of my most popular posts. I hope you enjoy them, and definitely let me know anything you'd like to see in the future! Your wish is my command.
I’m not much for external motivation. I believe that you have to motivate yourself, and if you don’t have the inner-drive to accomplish a goal, you won’t. But this video from Eric Thomas (aka Hip Hop Preacher) has always been a source of inspiration for me. If I feel myself getting off track or forgetting why I choose to work hard and follow my passions, listening to this speech, more times than not, sets me right.
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