Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I'm Back!

I know, it's been forever since I've posted anything good on here. I'm sorry.

My day job has been taking over my life and I've had very little time to do much of anything outside of it. Of course, that doesn't mean that my real life stopped happening, so my blog was what got pushed off to the side while I tried to keep up. 

So what have I been up to you ask? Well aside from working like a dog as mentioned above, I went to a wedding, entertained relatives from out of town, spent time with friends and loved ones, read a few books, interviewed for a second job, oh yeah and did I mention how much I've been working?

As you can see I've had very little time to write at all the past few weeks. I hate that, but it's the reality of being a writer with a day job. Anyway, things have calmed down a bit now (I have 2 days off this week!) and I'm getting back into that groove of writing everyday and blogging a few times a week. 


Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Food for Thought

Sorry Everyone My Website is Now Behind a Paywall Caution. This article may make you laugh. (@ McSweeny's)

10,000 Hours "It takes a long time for most of us mortals to get good at writing." (@Writer Unboxed)

Designing Books is No Laughing Matter. Ok It Is. This guy is so funny. He has some really interesting points about book cover designs as well. (@ Ted.com)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Food For Thought

Writing as a Reality TV Show This is a hilarious idea. I'm not sure it would work on TV but it's a great article. (@ EW.com)

14 Literary Settings Inspired by Real Places How many of these places have you been to? (@ Mental Floss)

Maurice Sendak, Children's Author, Dies at 83 Sad news this week. (@ New York Times)

Watch: Maurice Sendak's Last Interview with Stephen Colbert Funny interview with Sendak only a few months ago. (@ Time Magazine)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Keep Moving Forward

Sometimes we have bad days.

For example, I'm not in love with my day job. To put it simply, some days are better than others. Most days the job is 'good enough.' I can work part-time and come home and do what I love: write fiction, blog, etc. But on days when work is particularly bad I have a hard time concentrating on writing. On those days I feel like I'm faced with two options: 

1. I can stew over my horrible day, and generally be angry at everything for the rest of the night.

2. I can take some time to be annoyed and then get on with my life. This job was never one I planned on being in forever, so why let it get to me? Why not take this as a sign that it's time to take the next steps forward, and make an effort to improve my situation?

Think about it in terms of getting published: If you get pissed off about every rejection letter, you're not going to get very far in your writing career. On the other hand, if you give yourself an hour or two to be upset and then go back to work, you're going to be a lot more successful that way. 

We have to keep moving forward. Even on our bad days. That's the only way we're going to get anywhere.




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Stop Trying to Be Perfect!

imperfect, complex
Photo credit: Nosha on Flickr

I know I'm not alone in this: I spend a lot of time thinking about how I want a project to turn out, so much so that I often end up procrastinating starting the project for fear of it not living up to my expectations. That's right. Sometimes I put off starting a project because I don't think that it will be perfect when I'm done.

Do you see the problem with that?

We cannot do this to ourselves anymore. How many people out there have let perfectionism stand in the way of completion? Wouldn't you rather have a complete, physical manuscript with a few mistakes that you can hold in your hands than a completely perfect manuscript that exists only inside your head? Your work doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be done. 

You have to take a few steps forward every now and again otherwise you'll never get to your goal. Think about it. The more you practice writing (or anything) the better you get at it. The better you get, the closer you can come to that perfect manuscript or short story or poem or whatever. 

If you're like me, there will always be things you wish you could fix or improve, but working on these things is the only way to get better. Don't let 'perfect' get in the way of 'good enough.'

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Food For Thought

Time Out What do you read when you're not writing? (@ Writer Unboxed)

How to Find Your Daily Writing Motivation We all know we should be writing every day, but some days it's easier than others. (@ Write to Done)

I'm On a Writing Break i.e. Going Crazy-Pants I think we all have those moments between WIP when we feel like this. We probably don't all spend it cleaning, but there is something about being in the middle of a project that keeps us writers sane and happy. (@ Musings From the Slush Pile)

Write to Express, Not to Impress This is crucial to writing well. (@ Guide to Literary Agents)