“What do you do?” I hesitated for a moment, not sure how I wanted to answer. Seconds felt like several minutes.
“I’m a writer.”
Awkward pause. There, I said it. It’s out there. I’m exposed.
Does saying it out loud make it real? True?
I started blogging one year ago in October. The technology and terminology in the blogging world was mind-boggling to me. But I kept at it, and here I am.
I exited my mother’s womb wanting to be a wife, a mother, and a writer. Now seems like a good time to work on writing, since I’m already a wife and mother.
I’ve been journaling for eighteen years, so I thought the transition to writing for public reading and exposure would be fairly easy. I was wrong ten times over.
In one month, I learned more about writing and being a writer than I had the entire first year of blogging.
So I’d like to share with you what I have learned so far.
I hope what I have learned will resonate with your experiences.
- Writing is hard work.
- Write every day.
- Be persistent.
- Persevere even when you don’t feel like it.
- Show others your work for constructive feedback.
- Editing as you go is a difficult habit to break.
- Perfectionistic tendencies make writing more than one rough draft challenging.
- Productivity increases when a set schedule is in place.
- Establishing a daily routine promotes consistency in your work.
- An organized work space/environment promotes organized thinking.
- A peaceful work environment decreases frustration.
- Healthy boundaries allow for other life experiences to occur. There is more to life than writing. Many life experiences enhance the material you can draw from to write.
- Family is important. They don’t want to be ignored for hours on end.
- Involve your spouse or close friends in reading your drafts.
- Involvement with a community of writers is essential for support and encouragement!
- Giving and receiving feedback between writers and their work is mutually edifying.
- Avoid negative self-talk.
- Practice positive biblical self-encouragement.
- Beware of becoming isolated. Writing can be a lonely endeavor. Adult socialization is important to learn appropriate people skills.
- Self-glorification, self-congratulatory behavior, and self-promotion is prideful and not appealing to others.
- Be teachable. Have a receptive heart. More times than not people just want to support and encourage you in your writing.
- Develop thick skin.
- Comparison kills…,“I’m me and not you, so you be you, and I’ll be me.”
- Perpetual learning and therefore improvement is a must through writing resources, courses, books, seminars, etc.
I have much to learn. And I can’t wait!
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthian 10:31
Lastly, Winston Churchill has an interesting perspective on writing…
“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him out to the public.”
So, Be Calm and Write On!
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