Taking time to write bad crap and making plans

“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.

Jen

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Making muggle life decisions?…

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.

WOW…

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?

 

 

 

 

October 15th.- Ranting

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

NaNoWriMo 2018…Is almost Here!!!

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 🙂  

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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.

 

Jen

 

I can’t Blog today! 😂

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 😉

Jen

Workaholic? Joyrider? Where do you fall in at life?

I’m working on 5 different blog posts right now and a new project I’m hoping to launch in the next month or so 😊(yeah me 🙏🏼)

Definitely being a busy bee since coming back from my vacation home

I’m both happy and slightly nerve racked to be back on the grind, retraining my brain to focus on my plans and deadlines VS thinking about lazy days and sunshine.

“If we really want it, we’ll do everything in our power to make it happen.”

Now that doesn’t always mean we’re dropping all contact with the outer world, ditching our friends and blowing off social commitments until we hit our goals.

Although for some, that works best for them.

We all don’t have to sacrifice fun and the enjoyment of living our lives just because we have business commitments

👆🏼 Read it, remember it, use it daily.

People tend to lean one way or the other.

They’re either workaholics or joyriders when it comes to their lives and futures. And both groups will inevitably get annoyed with the other.

The Workaholics : Those who put their priorities above most enjoyment and get dumped on for never having fun, going wild or partying it up with the rest of them. All while they’re also envied when they reach certain stepping stones and hear the never ending “you’re so lucky to have that/ be able to do that!” 🙄 blah ..

Lucky?

No, luck doesn’t have anything to do with it. Some just set plans and make their priorities fall in line with them. Why should they sacrifice their dreams just for a weekend of partying or those friends who always lead to trouble ?

“If we really want it, we’ll do everything in our power to make it happen.”

It’s as simple as that

Others,

The Joyriders: They really don’t care what they do. Mostly live pay-check to pay-check, live beyond their means and consistently feel the need to bash those who “have it all figured out” or “always get what they want“. Never admitting that their own lack of effort and commitment is what’s keeping them behind.

They’re the type who always seems to have an excuse and a complaint.

Personally, I fall in the workaholic category.

Kind of an 80/20 rule…

I like having a set plan, figuring out what my top to lower priorities are and focusing all my attention on reaching those set goals. As long as I feel I’m giving my priorities the attention they deserve, I’ll still keep living my life and hanging out with my friends and managing that (hard to find) ideal balance between work and play. 👌🏼

But when living life and being with friends or family begin to suffocate my goals and set me back… I cut ties for a while.

And that’s NOT a bad thing!

You have to remember that we’re all individual people, we have to take care of our own needs and wants. Always worrying about what others will think or say… or complain about and accuse… that negativity will kill you both.

One will stop living their life just so they can complain about yours and the other with eventually get tired of being dumped on that they themselves will develop a negative outlook on their life.

Makes for a viscous cycle of unhappiness if you ask me.

So what would you call yourself? A workaholic, joyrider or someone in the middle?

Jen

A writers time is now

“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

Jen

This is what words look like? lol…

Same old, same old with me.

I’ve been working a lot and not spending as much time as I need to be spending on my writing or my current TBR pile… I’m afraid I’ll not reach the end of these books anytime soon…

I’m really hoping to spend this weekend working on a few revisions and some edits for a new project of mine.      I’m excited to see this one through to the end. It’s only one of a few stories I’ve come up with that I honestly have no idea what the ending will be like, so It’s bringing up a few new challenges and struggles for me.

I’ve been tinkering with the idea (and doing some light research) on finding a literary agent for my books…  Not sure what will come of this just yet, but it’s an idea that has come to mind a few times and I feel it’s worth the energy to look into a bit more.

On the TBR pile note: I’ve stacked up a good …12…16… I honestly lost count lol       

But! I’m determined to finish at least one before the month is over!  So I need to get cracking on it!

My reading pace has slowed way down since this time last year…ugh… I need to work on bringing it back up to snuff

 

Anyway! There’s my mini life update 🙂 

Jen

Why must we (as writers) explain our need to write?

Ok, so writing-related post here (of course, why am I even stating it?) I don’t know lol.

Anyway, writing.

Or better yet, What I’m writing these days.

Right now, I’m working on my next book series (7 in total) along with two other novels.  I’m hoping to have completed the 2 novels by the end of this year and to have most of my 7-book series, somewhat laid out and organized.

It’s honestly been rough trying to find the time (an energy) to sit down, relax my brain, and focus on my stories lately.

I’ve felt very stifled recently.

It seems the more I try to focus on my work, the more I’m needing to explain myself and the importance of my writing. I do believe no one really understands the creative process or how much it means to someone until they themselves have tried to create something they’re passionate about.

And It’s not like I’m completely shutting myself off from the world (even though I’d love to do that right about now). I’m honestly trying my hardest to balance it all.

Yes, I’m still young enough to believe it is fully possible to do what you love, hold a steady job (if it’s not your passion you’ve turned into a thriving business) and still manages to have an active social life.

I see all these writers on social media out having a blast with their friends, traveling to book conventions and enjoying writing seminaries, all while still managing to put out new content and publications.  And I’m always left feeling very underachieved and behind with the times.

And then having to justify why I want to spend an hour reading or why I like to spend time/money in a bookstore, just makes me even more irritated and frustrated with life.

Ugh!

Lol, I’m not mopping right, to be honest.

I’m just venting out my frustrations in the hope I’m not the only one dealing with these issues.

The life of a writer, I suppose.

Rant over lol

-Jen

Small changes , big inspiration

Funny how the slightest of changes can stir up the most inspiration. 😊

Added a few things to my writing space over this past week. And it’s made me feel even more dedicated to my writing and completing my stories.

Changing your space really helps the mental train work a little…differently. I can’t say faster, but different does feel like the right word to use here.

Happy writing guys 💞

-Jen