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I hope every is having a great holiday and getting some well needed rest before the new year starts.
I’m excited to start this new year off running.
I’ve been working on some new projects ( like usual) an taking on a few courses over the next year as well. Needless to say, I’m setting myself up for a very busy 2019 🙂
One thing I plan on rolling out this coming year is a better series of blogs. I’d like to start putting my writing out there more frequently and provide more informative posts for you guys. Something worth reading and taking up your time, whether it be educational posts or simply entertaining.
So what are your goals for this coming year?
I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions myself, but I know for some people, that’s just the thing they need to help motivate them into taking action with their life goals and making their dreams a reality.
I hope you work hard this year and turn those dreams into something more.
So why not make the most of it?
It’s definitely time to stop living in someone else’s shadow, or in fear of being judged harshly and treated poorly.
Seriously, life is about rejections and growth.
Life is about learning from your mistakes and coming out stronger in the end.
It’s time to take a stand in your own life and do the things you’re afraid of.
Really! We only have a short time on this earth and honestly, even that isn’t promised to us. Heck, I could fall asleep in the next five minutes and never wake back up.
We’re not promised a damn thing in this world. Or owed anything either.
If you want something badly enough, go out and make it happen.
You want to be a writer?
You want to be published??
Then get out there and set yourself up for a couple dozen rejections and don’t stop there!
Or better yet, research the self publishing world and try that on for size 🤷🏻♀️
A lot is changing for me over the next two months and I’m both excited and nervous as hell for it. And I’ll be sharing every moment with all of you 💕
I’ve actually been writing a blog post everyday this past month and saving them in my drafts file until I’ve had the time to properly edit them. I’m aiming to post something each day during November, some will be life related and or course, writing through NaNoWriMo .
We’re so close to Nanowrimo that I’m getting all the feels as October comes closer to an end.
Have you decided if you’re tackling the challenge yet?
If so, have you declared your novel already?
The first year that I joined the 50,000 word mark, I did it all “offline” vs really getting involved with the site. I wasn’t sure If I’d enjoy it, or if I’d fit in… or if I’d even be able to manage it. I honestly didn’t want to commit to it and look like an idiot if I failed.
But failing is a part of the process.
And you never know if you’ll fail or succeed if you don’t put yourself out there and try.
“One must first write badly in order to write good”
I’ve been taking that to heart this month as I prep for NaNoWriMo in the upcoming weeks.
I’ve also been sitting aside a reasonable amount of funds to help network myself as a writer and novelist. Granted, the most important thing needed to be a successful writer is plenty of “material” for people to want to read and to purchase. So me sitting here with only one published novel so far isn’t really helping my cause any… But things are in the works (shh).
But along with building my personal shelf of written works, I’m also taking the initiative to find a few writing classes and plan on getting a little more serious about all that is involved in the writing business. Besides making up interesting stories of course 😉
And I’m working on getting a few short stories completed and ready to start submitting to magazines 🙂
Yes, your girl has taken to promising herself one short story submission a month to a magazine or newspaper. Something little and simple, for when my novel is getting to cluttered and confusing, and I’m in need of a mental break from that world.
The tale end of this year is starting to shape up rather nicely for me, I’m both eager and excited for what the next few months has to bring.
How’s that for a thought-provoking title?
But in all seriousness here… Is your Job enjoyable? It is necessary to your life?
While I was browsing through my social media accounts and catching up on some blog reading, I came across a couple posts (from fellow writers) basically bashing their jobs and talking about how creatively draining it was to go to work each day.
I understand this, to a point. Some day’s it is physically (and emotionally) hard to pull myself away from a good book, a research project or my current WIP, to dress accordingly and drag my butt out into the muggle world. I’m an introvert… We don’t like people! lol But it’s not always a chore to go to work, and the few jobs I had that did feel like that, I left after a short while.
But to hate your job that much?… Why keep it? I mean, what is the best (or better) option for someone who feeds off of freedom and yet, still needs a decent amount of funds to live off of?
Some people give up everything and focus their lives solely on their art and creative side. But most in that situation end up relying on someone else or someone”‘s” to help support them.
Others, give up on their creativity and push it off until “the right time” comes around. Which doesn’t always happen.
And a few (myself included) try their best to balance both the creative side of their lives and the deemed “required to live” side Aka The muggle job.
And just like that, I forgot where I was going with this….. LOL Just kidding
The question all this reading made me keep asking myself is “What do you deem worth it?” When do you stop and say NO, this job or life isn’t what I want and isn’t helping get to where I want to be?
And if you decide it’s not right for you, what do you do? What is your next step?
I’ve spent so much time struggling with what I want out of life and how to make things work for the best or at least, for the better for me and those close to me. For the most part, I tend to look at those closest to me and try to make a choice that keeps them in mind and benefits the both of us.
Or, taking the advice of a good friend – If I’m unsure of what to do or what needs to change, I change nothing until I’m sure of it.
But how do you decide what is the best way? How do you decide what is worth it and what is not? When do you make the call to finally move on?
How do you make it all work?
It’s this time, before Nanowrimo starts, that I start to stress and wonder if fighting with myself for an entire month is really worth the outcome….
I’ve already seen some people really bashing the whole “50,000 words in one 30 days” thing and talking about how un-creative it is to push yourself to complete a story that long, in such a short time. Some of which are the same ones that bickered about it last year too (and probably the year before) and I’ve seen them really step on those of us that want to do it and find the challenge enjoyable.
What is the point?
If it’s not your thing, Cool! If it is, even Cooler! 🙂
But let’s try not to shove our opinions down someone else’s throat and belittle them. It breaks my soul when I’ve been talking to someone (especially someone younger than me) and find out they had tried Nanowrimo once before and never finished it because they were being picked on and made to feel like it really wasn’t that important, and that they were wasting their time. 😦
Your writing matters!
Weither you finishing the word goal or not, Nanowrimo can be such a helpful tool in the creative process of completing a novel.
And the community is well worth it too!
Even if you just join to make friends and follow your own word count goals, its worth it.
And BOO to anyone who say’s otherwise! lol
Ok, so this time last year I started asking people who was joining and participating in NaNoWriMo and ended up meeting some amazing writers and even better friends 🙂
I had so much fun with it last year, I’m overly excited about this year. Last year I think I joined 5 different Facebook groups! I even ended up in a group with like, 3 other people (small but way better!) and we spent the entire month helping one another along, learning about each others daily struggles and really being there for one another.
Simply the best NaNoWriMo experience to date!
So, If you’re joining (or thinking about it but not sure) let me know! I’d love to chat with you more.
How on earth does one manage to write semi coherent things for people to read everyday?
I can journal everyday, that’s no problem at all. But actually writing something worth while and worth taking up someone’s time to read?.. That’s a different story.
What do people even want to read? Do that many people even read lifestyle blogs anymore, ones that aren’t about making millions from home and quitting your job to be a full-time fashion/food lover/travel blogger?
Maybe I’ve watched to many Awkward episodes and I am expecting to much from my generation these days? Lol 😂
Originally I started blogging (way back a few platforms ago) as a way to practice and hone my writing skills, share the books I was enjoying at the time and meet others who shared the same interests.
Blogging seemed the best platform since MySpace had ended, Facebook was (and still is) boring and Twitter just didn’t have enough characters. Lol
The downside to blogging though is trying to come up with things to write about everyday. 🤷🏻♀️🧐
How do you do it?
How does one come up with worth while content and stories to share on a daily or semi daily bases?
And do they even need to seem like “worth while stories” to you or do you just wing it and hope someone enjoys it?
I feel like I bounce between pure Rambles and Life updates … and if someone finds it worth while, then yeah me! 😄 lol
Otherwise the art of actually writing to bringing in clients/ followers via blogging just isn’t a skill I’ve mastered … yet 😉
“We’re not meant to be normal”
I’ve heard that so many times in the last week, in regards to writers and the overly creative hearts.
We really aren’t meant to be normal, not even a little bit. We can pretend we enjoy the nitty gritty of the real world and work right along with the best of them, building our name, climbing the ladder of success.
But are we truly happy doing it?
We can justify the money, the acknowledgment and the sense of achievement we get from moving on up in the real world…. but are we really truly happy and fulfilled?
I feel, in most cases, we are not.
Not unless that ladder and those achievements revolve around our need to be creative. Because that is our real world.
Some of us are not meant to feel fulfilled working the 9-5 gimmick.
I honestly end up feeling so stifled and hushed once I reach the point in my muggle job where things are running in an autopilot mode and I no longer feel challenged.
In some cases, I like it. The more I run on auto at work, the faster I get things done and (in reality) the sooner I am released to focus on my writing.
But In most cases, that isn’t how things play out.
I usually end up with more on my plate simply because I’ve proven myself to be a reliable asset and dedicated worker .
If only they knew I really just wanted to leave , sip on some tea and get lost in a few far away worlds.
I know this started off as smart and turned into a ramble rant lol but heck, that’s how my mind has been running lately.
Might as well just go with it