5 New Ways to Approach NaNoWriMo

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October flew by- No wait, I swore I wouldn’t start another blog post with how time seems to be screeching past like a runaway locomotive.

            So anyways, now that it’s almost November you know what that means! NaNoWriMo! For those of you who don’t know what that is, its National Novel Writing Month, all mashed up. It’s a friendly writerly competition that takes place every November and lasts all month.

            The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days! Which works out to 1,666.67 words per day. Some of you might remember that I participated in NaNo last year. You may or may not remember I fell short (less than half of my goal in word count), but lessons were learned and fun was had.

            Now I’m back at it with a new plan of attack! Here are 5 things I’ll be doing this year so I can approach my failures from last year and adapt them to help me smash my goals this year.

1)      Prep_tober

Yes that’s definitely a word. Basically, it’s pumpkin-spiced novel prep. (Credit to Rachael Stephen for that word magic, and the idea of prep_tober itself.) It’s so good. And so helpful. Everyone has a little bit of a different spin on it, but the point is to spend October preparing for the madness that is November.

Last year, I did a rough thought dump (yes, I said thought dump. I love the concept that your brain is pooping out ideas… I know it’s cringe worthy, I don’t care. Picture a little poop emoji with a lightbulb over its head. It’s magic.) Anywho… I dropped ideas into a notebook for my novel and rolled with it. That was it. No outline, no character planning, nada. Big mistake.

(Disclaimer: I know some people are pantsers: can just write by the seat of their pants. I can too, but I discovered that editing a pantsed novel is a literal nightmare straight from Hades and I will not do it again. That is all.)

 

2)      Schedule

I will be sticking to a schedule. As I’m typing this I’m shaking my head, because I know my tendencies. But I will make a valiant effort. Like a knight fighting a dragon. The dragon will roast me. This I know, but I shall die with valor as I face that dragon nonetheless. (Incidentally, my novel will contain a dragon.)

My schedule will look something like this: Get up before my children. Drink a gallon of caffeine. Write. Life/Wife/Mom. Put kids to bed. Write some more. (There will be sleeping and drinking mixed in there somewhere, of this I’m certain.)

We’re going on vacation this month though. And there’s Thanksgiving, so I’ll have to adapt, but my husband is legit and he will be doing everything he can to give me writing time throughout the month.

 

3)      Outlining/World Building/Character Profiling

I know this semi-falls-under-prep_tober but it’s by itself. Because it is.

I’ve written one whole book. (Rough draft and a partial re-write/edit.) And one partial draft of a completely different book. The one thing both of them have in common? They give me headaches. Massive, stressful, tear-stained headaches. And not the usual writerly kind. The kind that comes from having no idea where you were going with many of your thoughts or WTF you were thinking (or not thinking) when put it there to begin with. I know I’m a newbie writer and at first, I just thought that’s just how it was going to be. (The stress induced revisions that lead you to considering taking up a life as a gypsy, selling trinkets for... well, I don’t know what.)

But since then, I’ve discovered some other writers that have claimed that outlining and planning out their characters and the world they’re in beforehand has helped them stay on topic and move things along.

Even if the words aren’t perfect (if haha), I’m hoping I can have references to look back on and double check why someone might say or do something, and a timeline to keep myself moving.

Because even as we speak, I still have plot holes to fix in my Norse Mythology story I started during NaNo last year.

(I clearly have so much to say on this topic so I feel like I’ll be doing another post about all the prep work I’ve done, because it’s a lot and it’s so exciting. But I’ll shut up for now.)

 

4)      Remember NaNo is for fun

It can indeed be a creative experiment that turns into a competition that can lead to a story that leads to an agent which leads to publication. (The Night Circus, Water for Elephants, Wool, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, among others…) ButwhocaresrightholyshitIhopethathappenswhyismywritingsoawful.

Seriously though, we all wish for things to work out. For us to be the unicorn of the publishing world. For us to make it big on our debut novel. But this year, I’m going to just enjoy the process. It’s going to be a bit messy, but it’s also going to be fun watching the story just come to life.

 

5)      Just Write

Yes, I will have moments of freak out. This is expected. But I am coming to this place where I realize that although writing can be horribly stressful, storytelling is a gift and an art and it really is so flipping fun. I’m going to write my ass off and enjoy as much of it as I can. Because December is for wondering what you’ve even done with your life. But then there’s Christmas to pull you out of your pity party hole. So there.

 

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Have you done any prep work? Are you going to pants it?

Are you not into NaNo? Tell me why!

5 Ways to Increase Productivity- A.K.A.- Work When You Can (and stay sane)

 Picture of my Bullet Journal. What's a Bullet Journal? Read on!

Picture of my Bullet Journal. What's a Bullet Journal? Read on!

Apologies for the lack of inactivity for the past few months. It’s been wild. Between family visits, starting our oldest son in Transitional Kindergarten, starting our youngest son in a pre-school program, adjusting to my husband’s change in work schedule (again), and a root canal, all mixed in with all the usual life-ing and parenting... let's just say I’ve had to pick and choose where my energy went.

            While I don’t want my blog to be so low on the priority list, it was that or quit washing the dishes. While there’s no contest in my mind which I’d prefer, my family tends to notice when there’s no food, or if their clothes aren't clean, and they tend to prefer eating their food on clean plates. (So demanding!)

            While I was away, there has been some intense soul searching. Good and deep and exhausting. While I’m not going to share details, I am going to share some of my takeaways from it all. Because I’ve hardly read any books lately, so any extra energy I’ve had has been dumped into editing my manuscript. Which is another update for another day.

            The takeaway for today that I dragged from the madness that has been the last several months is Work When You Can. 

            Where we live it rains. A lot. Especially in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. And even in the Summer. I’m originally from the high desert, where even if it rains or snows, just wait an hour and the sun comes out. I’ve never been somewhere it’s this cloudy this often. (I do love it though!)

 All this rain makes for a gorgeous rainforest feel, just five minutes from our house! LOVE!

All this rain makes for a gorgeous rainforest feel, just five minutes from our house! LOVE!

            People told us when we moved here that if we wait for a sunny day, we’ll never do anything. They were right! You gotta just go for it. Rain boots and jackets on and head outside!

            I’m learning to apply this lesson to my life as a mom/writer/growing as a professional in my industry. There are always distractions. (Distractions = Rain. Get it?) Like, always. (I can’t count the number of times I was interrupted just while writing the last four paragraphs.) If I wait to get anything done until I have no interruptions, I’ll

one) never get anything done, or

two) spend any and all free time I have- like after the kids go to bed- working. Whether that means housewifeing or writing or editing.

            Don’t get me wrong. Some days are just shot and you’ll be working from the moment your feet hit the floor till the moment your head hits the pillow, and even then you’ll re-write your grocery list in your head twice before you fall asleep. But, I’m realizing that I spend a lot of time working against myself. Why? Because distractions. I’m looking at you, social media! And books. All the books.

            I gave up Facebook in the spring. And honestly, I don’t even remember the date I rage quit. But I’m sure I’ll write all about that one day. The point today is not about that. It’s about learning what our distractions are, and then fighting to organize our time better.

            If you, like me, have been guilty of distractions…  sitting down on the couch to drink your coffee (after the third re-heat) and open your apps to check who’s liked your latest picture, or if anyone retweeted that funny gif you tweeted (that’s about all I know about twitter. Sorry I’m not that cool) and then suddenly you look up and it’s been over an hour and you’ve done nothing…

or perhaps you get so overwhelmed with everything that you just shut down, read a book, watch TV and do nothing...

then perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate what we do. Because technically we're doing nothing. 


(DISCLAIMER: I am not villainizing any of these things. Taken on their own, and in healthy doses, each of these things can be a great outlet...though I would argue reading is the healthiest option, but what do I know?)

            I have to regularly put my phone down.(And the books.) I try really hard to not check my phone, (aside from important texts or phone calls) until I have gotten the kids ready for school, taken them to school, done yoga and at least attempted a writing session. I’m not saying I do it every day, or even close. But I can tell you, the days I succeed, my productivity SKYROCKETS.

            I’ve challenged myself... Like just now, to make this a daily thing. If we can compartmentalize different tasks, we will have time for them. But we will make time for the things that are a priority for us. It’s just a fact. What you care about, you take time for. (Think about that for a minute. Bit of a gut punch? Yeah, for me too.)

            I want to be an author. You want to be a ____________. Fill in the blank. What are you doing towards that? How much time are you spending on social media? Browsing for books, shoes, car parts, etc.? Binge-watching your favorite TV show. (P.S. Stephen and I just binge-watched West World! So wild and so good!) Whatever your kryptonite is. Doesn’t mean you can’t do these things, but if we push those things later in our day, as perhaps rewards for a day well spent… they become easier to savor even. Because then there's no guilt that we didn't fulfill any tasks.

            THIS POST IS NOT ABOUT PERFECTION (or even the attempt at perfection). I find that the more I strive for perfection, the less I actually accomplish. Why am I telling you this? Because I constantly battle against perfectionism. Life is not perfect. It will never be. And because of that I find I have a couple of default responses when I forget this and life smacks me in the face.

            One) despair. Which leads to freaking out, crying, drinking a whole bottle of wine, and accomplishing nothing other than keeping your children alive that day. (Oh no, I’ve never done that…. ahem)

            Two) Why bother? I’ll never get it right. So why try. I won’t write that book, travel to Europe, exercise regularly, etc. etc. Well with that attitude, no wonder! (Yep, me again.)

            Point? It’s all in your head. You’re not going to have it all figured out. It won’t be perfect. Not even close. I’ll have lots of days where everything is a mess. All of that is okay... even normal! But I can't live there... So long as I pick myself back up again... (Or if someone needs to help me…because there’s no shame in that either)… Then one day I will publish this book. And accomplish my dream… and keep my children alive (and hopefully healthy and happy too) in the process.

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO THAT WILL HELP YOU WORK TOWARDS THIS?

LET ME TELL YOU!

ONE) Put your phone down. Notifications on silent. Leave it in the other room!

TWO) If you're worried you'll miss an appointment, etc. because you aren't with your phone, do what I do and set your phone on Do Not Disturb- but leave the alarm function on. AND SET ALARMS. Wow my life has been transformed by this! I have an alarm for everything...including alarms to help me not forget to pick my kids up at school. Because I'm a great mom and would forget they're there until the school called :) 

 Screenshot of my pone...the list goes on. I have alarms to remind me to take the trash can out for collection... etc.

Screenshot of my pone...the list goes on. I have alarms to remind me to take the trash can out for collection... etc.

 

THREE) Do one thing at a time. Remember you cannot do it all, so pick the thing that will give you the most peace of mind. Hate a messy kitchen? Clean the kitchen. Messy bathroom gross you out? Clean the bathroom. Set a timer. (Most rooms can be cleaned, or at least surface cleaned in 10-15 mins!...if you maintain them, you can clean a bathroom in 5 minutes!) Race yourself. Turn on music. Sing. Stop thinking about what you're doing and Nike! (Nike did not pay me for that, but if they want to they can hehe.)

FOUR) Consider a bullet journal. A bullet journal might sound trendy, or look overwhelming, but it's a very practical effort to make journaling and/or organization effective and highly customizable to your life. It takes a bit of set up to begin, but its so satisfying and highly effective for a wide range of people. Ask my family. I've tried to make them all start one. And if you haven't listened yet and you're reading this... watch this video.

FIVE) This might be the most important one! Be proud of yourself when you accomplish something. I have spent YEARS feeling guilty that I couldn't do it all. ENOUGH. Do the thing. (Even if it's one thing.) Then celebrate. Don't shut down, but pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Give yourself some credit. And try again tomorrow.

Just start! You can do it! I believe in you!

This post by no means covers everything there is to help with productivity or even everything I do regularly... What do you do? Share in the comments, I love to learn new methods!

Write What You Know?

       Everyone is stoked about the new season of Game of Thrones, including me. Though sadly I don’t get to watch it as soon as it airs. Why? I don’t have TV.

*crickets*

I have a TV… and movies, Netflix, Hulu… But we don’t pay for cable or Direct TV, etc.

While I could go into all the reasons why, I will not because this is not a post to discuss the evils of the mighty television companies and their exorbitant prices for crappy television and worse commercials. No, I promise I have another point entirely.

What I’m talking about today is twofold and Game of Thrones was just a conduit to this discussion.

My two points are as follows:

1)      I have to wait. This is anathema in today’s culture, especially amongst Millennials (though I begrudgingly admit that I belong to this group, but that’s another topic for another day). We want our cake, we want to eat it and we want it NOW. And it had better have chocolate, and come on a silver plate.

2)      Like Jon Snow, I know nothing. Though I think I know plenty. And it gets me in trouble.

 

You may find in reading on that you have a thing or two in common with me and perhaps with a few of your favorite GoT characters, as well as what to do with these somewhat unsettling self-discoveries.

 

The waiting game is hard. We’re all waiting for something. Be it as simple as waiting for the next episode of our favorite show, the next book in a series, a new music album… Or something a bit more complex and deep, dealing with life fulfillment (career breakthrough, love, life purpose, etc.)

                And we all suck at it. We want instant gratification. We discover something new and we want all of it, and if it doesn’t come fast enough, we lose heart, interest or both.

                Like Cersei Lannister, we might not care who or what gets in our way in our pursuit of our desires and goals. This causes us all too often, in the end, to have our darlings removed from us.

                Perhaps we are like Daenerys Targaryen. We have pride and swagger and we conquer our goals, but when faced with our own flaws we spiral into uncertainty and even depression (though we may only show it to the people closest to us).

                Like Arya Stark, we are young and naive and want things so desperately we are willing to throw ourselves fully into it, despite a phenomenal lack of preparation. This in turn leads to a much harder road to attain the discipline needed to achieve our goals. (quick note: I do not advocate assassination as a healthy means to attaining your goals…just sayin’.)

                My personal favorite is Tyrion Lannister, and unfortunately my downfall is similar to his. We are smart. (And humble. Just ask us, we’ll tell you.) We read, we plan, we organize and we calculate. But then we forget that we are smart and we run our mouths and get banished up shit creek without a paddle.

                And full circle to Jon Snow, we perhaps are so dedicated to our purposes that we often lack sight into the outside world, our own focus on a higher goal blinding us to what is going on in the bigger picture, though we are fighting for the bigger picture. This can cause much more heartache than entirely necessary and we end up fighting against our own goals by accident.

                Which brings me to my second point. I know nothing. We know nothing.

                In the age of instant gratification and the internet as a trove of knowledge, literally right at our fingertips… we quite often forget that we genuinely know so little.

                Even Einstein said, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”

                This thought went back to Aristotle and my money is on the fact that it went back farther than that… “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”

                This concept is not new. What is new is a widespread desire to appear as though we do know.

                And I am included in this. It’s so difficult for me to admit when I don’t know something. Especially when I can just whip my phone out and google it. Though we did not attain this vast abyss of knowledge for ourselves, we claim we knew it all along, or perhaps even imply that we know all there is after a single article on the subject.

                Or you aren’t in the category of thinking you know it all. You may be so aware that we are utterly and deeply lost in the fathoms of the sea that is knowledge that we can’t even bring ourselves to formulate words. This is a different kind of narcissism all its own, and one that I fall into the trap of just as often as the former.

                This all sounds rather depressing and what does this have to do with writing?

                (Bear with me! I have two takeaways from all this, and they’re encouraging, I swear!)

                If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve heard the advice, “Write what you know.”

                How do we do that, when we are in the same sinking boat as Jon Snow? (Even if we insist we aren’t. Cough. Cersei. Cough.)

                We are either so consumed by our own selves and our stunningly underwhelming education that we are terrified by the mere thought of putting pen to paper and disgracing the page and therefore ruining a notebook (or taking up space on a computer) with our trivial thoughts; or we are enveloped in our glittering selves, impressed by how far we’ve come and we think that we’ve got a lot to offer, people should be grateful to hear from us. Or we’re a bit of both, depending on what day you catch us on.

                None of the above is healthy, or productive. (Take it from me. I can show you lots of blank notebooks and self-images of rocking back and forth in panic over writing something awful. I can also show you my skinned nose from falling flat on my face after I boasted about how much I knew, only to trip on my own tongue.)

Why aren’t these things healthy? Because it’s all about us.

But it isn’t. We just think it is. But it can’t be. Or we would never talk to other people, or learn from other people, or interact with other people. We would live on a one-woman (or man) island and die alone. Without even Wilson to keep us company. And if we’re alone, then no one would be able to read our book (or listen to our music, or taste our delicious food….or… insert your particular creative contribution to society here.)

However we approach our lives, (and whoever our favorite Game of Thrones character is), we need to understand two things. (Probably way more than that, but I can’t mention all of them or this post would turn into a book… and it’s already longer than planned.)

1)      Waiting is not bad. It teaches patience and discipline…no success comes without both things. Overnight success story? It’s only overnight to those of us just learning of the story. It took these people years, and failure after failure…and what was the ticket to their success? Patience and perseverance and a team of people that they had helping them along the way.

2)      We know nothing. But that’s actually okay. If we’re willing to admit it and realize it’s also healthy to learn. It helps us understand the world we live in, it’s people, cultures, and all the amazing and beautiful things that fill it up.

 

Don’t let lack of knowledge scare you. Don’t let it keep you from doing amazing things.

 

Be patient. Be humble. Read. (Not just Wikipedia, okay guys?) Learn. Talk to real people about real things.

LISTEN.

(There’s a reason we have two ears and one mouth.)

After all that, we’ll know something, even if it’s a small something.

And then?

 

Just Write.

(And then share it with someone.)

           

Summer Quarter Goals 2017

June-September

How is it already July? It’s like I don’t own a calendar or keep track of the dates…although surprisingly, I do.

I suppose that means it’s time to assess my goals yet again! Hooray for accountability! (That’s said with only a small measure of sarcasm…I swear.)

PROFESSIONAL GOALS:

1)      Write 500 Words Per Day. I failed this one. Sort of. I crushed it during April, May and early June…but then my productivity fell off the map after June 10th…because I FINISHED MY MANUSCRIPT ROUGH DRAFT! GASP! But I’ll talk about that more later…. (pssst I’m going to tell you a little bit about it so keep reading!) Overall, I’m going to claim a win on this one, because here, I make the rules.

2)      Edit Manuscript by September. I need to get through my first round of edits, which I have been procrastinating on due to large plot holes. However, I’m reading lots of amazing books that are helping intensely with that.

3)      Research Editors. While I will be doing the first couple rounds of edits myself, I still need to find a professional. Because having someone who does this for a living look at your manuscript is crucial to publishing a book without typos and grammatical errors…because finding those errors in published works gives me so. much. rage. Anyways…moving on…

4)      Blog post 2x per month. I failed this one too. Sigh. Though I did post a few times, adding to my Velik story. (Which you can read here.) I will do better over the next few months. Promise.

5)      Read 2 books per month. This has been working well for me and while I do usually exceed it, I’m not going to change it because my focus needs to be pushed towards my writing/editing.

6)      Organize office. Oh, the beast that is organization. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Love to have things tidy, hate to actually do the tidying…can’t I have a house elf? I promise I would treat them nice.

7)      Participate in Camp NaNo- Achieved! I will not be participating in another event again until NaNoWriMo (you can learn more about National Novel Writing Month here) in November, when I will be working on a fresh story to give me a break from my current manuscript.

AND THE BIG ONES:

8)      Rough draft completed by June. VICTORY!!! I finished the rough draft of my manuscript on June 10th!!! Which is a HUGE deal for me because I never finish ANYTHING! Pat on the back and high-fives all around! AND NOW, what you’ve been waiting for…

9)      SHARE MORE DETAILS ABOUT MY NOVEL. This is difficult because I want to share all the things with you. But so much is still a work in progress. I will say this much…

My novel is a fantasy adventure, complete with a mythological world where the Norse Gods rule and a great evil is lurking, waiting to destroy the realms of the gods and mankind alike. Torn between these realms is a fallen warrior Einar, who must overcome the betrayal of his people to rally forces to fight this darkness.

 

PERSONAL GOALS:

1)      Eat healthier- Doing my best to keep this going. I accidentally ate some dairy the other day because I didn’t check my salad for cheese and wound up SUPER sick so that’s a major setback for me, but I’m feeling better now and will start being a lot more careful.

2)      Go to Dentist- …welllll… I’ll get right on that, I swear. Gotta get the kids in first though.

3)      Finish Unpacking- I’ve been working on it but I’m still not done. There are a handful of boxes just lingering in the garage.

4)      Minimize social media. Mission accomplished! The main reason I accomplished this goal is because I QUIT FACEBOOK. After I quit, I realized how much it depressed and consumed me. I am so glad I’m not on it anymore. It forces me to be much more intentional with my relationships, which I feel like is a dying art in today’s technological world. This goal will be shifted into an effort to socialize with people in a more tangible and old-fashioned way…in person. (Over the phone for the ones I live far from.)

5)      Make friends. Haha. Okay, okay.

6)      Date my husband- We have been SO busy with travel for family functions and overtime for my husband so we can fly to his brother’s wedding next week so we haven't been out much just us. We have more scheduled for this next quarter to have time alone together...which will require finding a babysitter, but that is a challenge we are ready to accept!

7)      Find a church. We’re enjoying the church we’ve found but haven’t been going that frequently so the jury is still out on this one.

Spring Quarter Goals 2017

 

April-June

Here I go, checking over what I accomplished (or didn’t), and make an updated list for the next few months.

I accomplished more goals than I usually do, but I didn’t accomplish as many as I would have liked. Incredibly specific, huh?

I did learn something important over these last few months…I don’t do well with ambiguity. Although I use ambiguous statements often. *scratches head* I’m a walking conundrum. I need more specific parameters, I suppose. I don’t really know what those are without some trial and error. So, I’m tweaking some things as I go. But aren’t we all? Unless you’ve got it all figured out, in which case…teach me!

If you want to see what my Winter Quarter goals were, click here.

If you just want to know my Spring Goals…. keep reading!

Professional Goals:

1)      Write 500 Words Per Day. 

Because 1 hour per day is not very motivational for me. Some days I write 300 words in an hour and others I can do 1500. It depends on my mood. If I’m feeling unmotivated I’ll write a paragraph or two and bail after my hour is up. 500 words pushes me past my laziness on those days but there is nothing saying I can’t crush these word count goals and go farther.

2)      Blog post 2x per month.

I liked this goal from last quarter so I’m keeping it going. I gave myself a win on this one even though I posted once in February because I CRUSHED my word count goals for my novel that month.

3)      Read 2 books per month.

I’m keeping this one as well because I almost succeeded on it. 2 in January. 0 in February (again focused on my novel that month) and 3 in March. This is a fluid goal for me. Whatever is working for my writing and more importantly my family life that month is what’s going to happen.

4)      Organize office.

I did some. Need to do more.

5)      Participate in Camp NaNo.

If you don't know what that is, click here. This is where I’m going to push myself past goal number one and do 1,000 wpd for the month of April.

And the big ones:

6)      Rough draft completed by June.

This is super nerve wracking for me. But I feel it necessary to give myself a specific deadline. So, June 1st I will have a finished first draft for my novel. Then I’m hoping to set it aside for a month or so before I attack it with editing.

7)      Share more details about my novel.

This one terrifies me, because what if my ideas are rubbish? Also, I change my mind a lot. What if I share something that I decide to change later? *Exasperated sigh.* I need to get over it and share. So look out for more details on my novel soon!

 

Personal Goals:

1)      Eat healthier.

I succeeded in eating dairy free for several months and I feel much better without it! Hooray for no stomach aches and clearer skin! This will be a continual goal for me.

2)      Go to Dentist.

Hahahahahahaha (okay, okay I’ll make an appointment…first thing Monday).

3)      Finish Unpacking.

It’s been an insane couple of months. With adjustments to our new environment and constant schedule changes. It’s time to finish getting settled. Perfect timing for some Spring cleaning!

4)      Minimize social media.

I did well with this one, but could do better. It’s a major time suck and it also depresses me to read about so much drama and heartache. So, I’m going to take my sister’s suggestion and schedule specific days and times I’m allowed to check my Facebook specifically. Instagram is much more of a helpful tool for me than a distraction so I’m not including that in my schedule, I’ll continue with what I’ve been doing with that.

5)      Make friends.

The ambivert conundrum. Want friends...but don't want to leave the house.

6)      Date my husband.

Hooray this one was successful! This will ALWAYS stay a goal. Healthy and happy relationship makes for a healthy and happy life everywhere else!

7)      Find a church.

Making progress on that front. I think I may have found us a place but I want to go a few more times to be sure.

5 Things I've Learned About Writing

Holy Toledo, Batman! I’ve been writing for a whole year now!

While a year may not seem like much to many people, it’s something pretty big for me. See, I quit a lot. The fact that I’ve stuck with one thing for this long, says a LOT to me. I may not be a New York Times best-selling author, or even a published author… yet. I’m far from having it all figured out. But I have learned a thing or two about writing. I thought I should share them because they’re pretty good, if I do say so myself.

1)       We’re never going to get it perfect, or perfectly original.

And that’s okay. No, seriously. Think about it. Are you perfect? I know I’m not. So why on God’s good green Earth would you think that you can get your writing perfect? There are no original ideas, just perhaps the way that you choose to write it. Because what you are is original. Which brings me to my next point.