Confessions of a Novice Writer

I was supposed to work on my second book this morning.  However, I laid in bed thinking about this blog post instead.  I also did some self-visualization.  I imagined my goals and what I wanted them to look like.  Some may say that I wasted my time.  They may be right.  Life isn’t perfect and I am an imperfect writer.

I Don’t Write Everyday

I read the book, The War of Art:Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield, earlier this year.  If he knew I didn’t write everyday he would probably shake his finger at me.  Tsk Tsk.  Steven Pressfield insists that in order to become a better writer you have to write everyday.  I agree with Steven.  But again…I don’t write everyday.  I’m becoming consistent.  I made a schedule for myself this summer to write first thing in the morning three times a week.  There are some days where sticking to the schedule simply doesn’t happen.  But I am getting better.

I am not an avid reader

Over the last 4-to-5 years I have read about 1 book a year (and that’s being generous).  Currently I am on book 3 for 2018.  I don’t believe you have to be a “reader” to have a knack for writing.  I kind of treat writing a story like a stand-up comedian treats writing a joke.  I don’t want to be influenced by anyone else.  Also, I don’t want to spend too much time focusing on someone else’s published work, when I could be working on my own non-published work.

I thought I would be 3 books deep by now

At least three books deep!  But that hasn’t happened. “Maybe you should write everyday” – is what Steven Pressfield might say. I have several story ideas but for some reason they haven’t gone past the ideas stage.  Writing takes so much more creative energy than I thought.  Once I commit to writing a piece of work I know it will take some time before I finish…and that’s just the first draft!

Putting thoughts to paper isn’t as easy as it looks

Like I mentioned before, writing takes a lot of creative energy.  Words don’t always flow as easy from the imagination to paper.  Sometimes I can see things so vividly in my mind but when it’s time to place those words on the page…I’m stumped.  A thesaurus has become my best friend.  Writers block is a real thing.  I haven’t figured out the best cure for it.  Some of the things I’ve done to fix it have been writing about something completely different than the current topic, stepping away for a little while, or even being entertained via a movie or music.

I guess all my confessions are pretty normal.

Keshia

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