I am sure you write for many reasons — to release, connect with an audience, earn money. These are all wonderful, valid reasons and why many of you show up to carry out your craft.
Yet it seems harder than it should be because of extraneous ‘stuff’ which clouds our minds and distracts us from what we want to do — social media spats, abusive comments, statistics which show us people are scrolling rapidly through our work for their own algorithmic gain.
We want to be appreciated and we want to be heard.
We are here but a short time…
There are two main reasons why many people coast through life in the background — fear of exclusion or fear of repercussion.
It seems easier to go along with someone else’s suggestion, opinion or directive. You expend less energy, don’t have to think so much and can tag along for the ride.
But there is a silent cost. One which gains compound interest the more you allow others to make choices on your behalf.
Every time you give someone else the permission to make a decision for you, that person defines your next scene.
Not only that, if you give…
As writers, we want our readers to immerse themselves so fully in our work they forget the world around them, that they neglect to make lunch because of having to turn the page.
But a great plot can’t do that on its own. The reader also has to care about the characters carrying that plot.
Characters are as real to us as the people in the world we have never met.
I’m not going to show you how to create a basic character — you can find that information everywhere on the Internet or in writing craft books.
Tap your finger on the circle and…boom! Yet another selfie on your phone.
You put a filter on it, frame it and upload it to social media for the world to see. It becomes a piece of digital artwork which you endorse as part of your life’s record.
Okay, so the photo doesn’t look exactly like you but it resembles you somewhat. Your skin isn’t quite that perfect, your teeth not as white, the angle hides your double chin. But when you look at it you feel so damn smug that you look so good.
However, that moment wasn’t about…
If you want to put someone off poetry for life, read them Wikipedia’s definition of the word:
Poetry (the term derives from a variant of the Greek term, poiesis, “making”) is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language — such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre — to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning.
Like me, are you getting traumatic flashbacks to sixth grade when you attempted to interpret symbolism and tried to remember quote after quote for some turgid exam?
Unfortunately, this destroyed many people’s relationship with…
Freelance Writer on Writing, Productivity and Self-Improvement. YA Fiction Writer and Poet. Based in UK.