Throughout my time writing, the question I am asked more than ever if how I have time to write as much, as I do, and bring up a family. There is not always a perfect science to writing. On many occasions, my systems let me down. This weekend, my little one turned one. I then hit the depths of writers' block and for five days I have published nothing. Unheard off in recent months.
When I started on my writing journey, I struggled to have time to write and read. I love writing, but not reading affected my mental health. Like many of us, I felt genuine guilt if I was doing anything other than writing. That included reading. Then I read that you needed to analyse text to be a good writer. It was all the permission I needed to get back into reading.
Over the years of writing, my reading tastes have changed. I also read many books differently. However, nothing has got in the way of the pure pleasure I feel when I pick up a book and read. My partner states she always knows when I am coming to the end of a good book, as I get grumpy. She has a point. Recently I have noticed that my reading styles have changed. I have become more analytical in everything I read. Here are my suggestions to help your reading improve your writing.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. It is our life experiences that sculpt the writers we become. This can happen in several ways. Our education and childhood will have an impact on the mechanics of writing. Our parents and friends will shape our beliefs, which will affect our writing.
Whether you write personal stories or not there is still a place for personal reflection. Most articles, regardless of the topic, benefit from some personal stories.
Let Inspiration Spark When it Happens
Facebook is getting more erratic and making it harder to connect to our followers. There may be a moment in the future where you simply cannot share your writing on there. This is the moment our email list becomes even more valuable. An email list is a place your followers can always find your work. … Continue reading Your Email List is Your Biggest Asset as a Writer.
Too many times writers are crippled with writer’s block. I have been amongst these. My advice when the writing bug takes you is to go with it and get as much writing done as possible. These golden times with give you a cushion if writer’s block hits again. As writers, we should embrace the golden … Continue reading Ride the Wave of Inspiration
This week, I am scheduled to pull down my exhibition of paintings from the art centre in town. I haven’t sold any paintings, and I knew it might not have been a great time to hold an exhibition, but it is still disappointing. Facing the fact that the event cost me time and money, without any apparent benefit, is somewhat disappointing. You may know the feeling; the lump that sits in the bottom of your stomach like a rock. You might be smiling on the outside, but on the inside, you feel like crap.