I got started writing when I was a kid
I was always writing and creating stories
I wrote my first full length novel when I was 18..
and then spent the next 15 years re-writing it!
Rowling is my favorite author to be inspired by because she overcame so much to get where she is now
My favorite author to read, however, is Patricia A
Her books made me fall in love with my genre (fantasy) in a way no author books had before
My ideas and inspiration come from daydreaming as well as an accumulation of much-loved scenes, scenarios, and characters from my favorite books and movies
My first novel takes inspiration from The Last Unicorn, Stardust, and Mists of Avalon
When I get writer’s block, the first thing I do is check in with myself
I like to note what emotions, fears, or thoughts are coming up
I note whether I feel anxious, bored, distracted, tired, etc
Then I try to see where these things are stemming from
I try to see if there’s a reason behind what I’m experiencing
Am I not satisfied with my story? Does something about the plot just not feel right? Am I worried about something? Am I distracted by fear or self doubt? Did I not eat a good breakfast?
Do I need tea?
Once I understand why I’m experiencing writer’s block, I then ask myself what feels right to do next both for my story and myself
Do I push through and write anyway? Do I take a break? Do I smooth out the plot? Pet my dog? What feels good? What does my story need?
I allow myself to follow what feels right in that moment without worrying about tomorrow or the next day
Often we make writer’s block a bigger deal than it is because we fear we’ll never get over it..
which ends up being a self fulfilling prophecy because we remain focused on the problem instead of looking for a creative solution
But I’ve found that when I address the reasons behind why I’m feeling stuck or uninspired, and act accordingly without judging myself, I get over it much quicker
My advice to you writers: define your WHY
Know why you write, both for you and for your intended audience
Knowing why you are doing this for YOU is so important, especially when outside validation isn’t there
Knowing how your writing serves your audience (and yes, writing of EVERY genre serves a purpose!) helps us stay motivated when we’d rather be lazy
Decide what success means to you in the long run,
but also identify little successes every step of the way so you are constantly celebrating achievements and feeling good about your growth and accomplishments
Whether you wrote a five words today or finished your first book, celebrate!
Forget about failure, and decide that failure doesn’t exist as long it brings an experience you can learn from
This cuts out SO much fear!
Whenever you feel self doubt, writer’s block, criticism, or you feel you’ve made a mistake, don’t define it
Don’t let it mean anything about YOU
Just see what you can learn from it, then move on
You are not the struggles you face or the mistakes you make; you are awesome and capable of amazing things!
I think what separates a good writer from a great one is your own mindset
You have to believe in yourself, in your work, in your passion, before anyone else does
No one has the right to decide what kind of writer you are but you
Outside opinion is just that—opinion
Everyone has a different one and no two people think alike
There is no author on the planet who is unanimously deemed “great,” no best selling author without at least a handful of one star reviews
See your own greatness, and allow others to see it too, and don’t let outside validation (or the lack of) define you
My short term goals are to finish the final book in my YA fantasy trilogy and release it by the end of 2018, publish a couple non fiction books I’ve had brewing, and keep growing as an author!
In the long term my goals are to publish at least three books a year, earn enough money to travel out of the country at least once a year, and meet J.K