“Writing a book is most often a solitary endeavor. It can be isolating. It can be lonely. And, if you’re successful at it, it means you’re signing on for more isolation.”
I can attest to the above quote. When I was writing Reagan Leeds: Run The World for nearly two years, there were many periods I felt very alone, which is not anything I’m not used to anyway. I’ve always been a loner, and as an introvert, I enjoy my own company.
I can remember times of being up until the wee hours of the morning (like right now) working on Reagan’s story, either editing, taking pictures, or shooting out paragraphs. I could leave the surrounding world around me and enter into another one entirely within my mind. I felt my characters’ emotions, and I empathized with what they were going through. Some of my characters made me angry, even though I was the one writing the story. Even Reagan herself wasn’t always my favorite character, but if she were to be real, she had to be realistic and have layers to her personality as we all do in the real world.
I did push myself when I wrote for Reagan and the other characters, but I’d always felt I was a bit PC at times. But now with my new story, Reign in the works, I want to get out of my comfort zone and write the story that I feel is true to life and resonates with me. Many subjects I’m uncomfortable with exploring, but I feel as if I must.
I am not going to rush this new story, and it has been taking me longer than I thought to publish the first chapters, even though I have some that are already written. I want it to be right, but sometimes I trip myself up with thinking things must be perfect. That is one of the problems as face being so alone in my head as I create. I think I make up all these rules to hold myself accountable to, but they aren’t that important. I’m such a perfectionist, and I fear that may hinder me in the long-run.
I am going to task myself with a commitment to write at for at least an hour every other day in the coming weeks. I think it will get better once I have content out there for everyone to read.
All the best,
Great tips on how to improve your writing. The vlogger makes some excellent points. Check out the video in the link!
7 Tips to Improve Your Writing
“Showing and Telling”. Often in writing, we know when a character is angry or sad. You can write: Sarah was upset.
Okay, great, she’s upset, but is there a better way to show us that she was upset? Did she bang her fist on the table or clinch it? Was her face distorted? What were her movements? Did she run away, slam the door, and storm out the room? These are all things we as authors want to show our audience. I know for the Sims, we can see visually, but don’t rely on pictures only to tell your story. Write as if this was a traditional novel, without any pictures.
These are some very helpful sites for a wealth of information for writers. Information includes everything from publishing, copyright, blogging, seminars, courses, writing tips, the list goes on. Check it out!
Creative Writing Now
Writers and Authors
Write to Done
2017’s Best Sites for Writers
We all get down sometimes when we create stories or share the work we’ve worked so hard on. Maybe people are not paying attention, maybe they don’t seem too interested in what you’re writing. But is that a reason to stop making something you love so much? How do we overcome discouragement? I don’t have the answer because I often feel discouraged too. Maybe some of these tips on not getting discouraged whether writing related or other things in life can help.
24 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Write More
How to Get Reads, Readers & Comments
8 Reasons No one is Reading Your Articles (This is more geared toward this particular site, but it has some useful information that could help in attracting more readers )
Accepting That No one Will Read Your Story (How to overcome it)
10 Reasons to Write Your Story Even if No One Reads It
Writers Don’t Get Discouraged (Coming from a fellow Simmer)
Why Every Story You Write is a Guaranteed Failure
How to Stop Getting Discouraged
The More We Compare The More We Lose Ourselves
12 Things to do When We Get Discouraged