I’ve been motivationally paralyzed about my writing for weeks that slipped into months and now threaten to become a year or more. It’s frightening to stay away from my works in progress for so long, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the chaos that my country’s government has become.
Plot, character development, and symbolism are a universal language. Tough, by Mary Crawford speaks this universal language I so love.
I am not a huge fan of romance novels. I’ve been reading science fiction and fantasy since I was a child. So, when I say a romance novel is a gripping story with compelling characters, it’s because the novel really is something special.
The original article by John Halstead. It was reposted by Gods and Radicals before it had been deleted at Patheos. The article is well worth your read. I don’t usually copy the whole deal when I reblog, but this time I will, in case Patheos tries to get it taken down.
First off, I remember that there is joy in writing. But, it’s easy for other concerns to overshadow the enjoyment of creating with words, of telling a story that engages me as a writer and and demands to be told. I try not to allow schedules and plans to take precedence over the joy of creativity.
Great plans require great execution. So do good plans. I’m happy with my goals and objectives for next year, but I’m apprehensive about whether I will complete them all. During this final week of 2016 I’m taking the opportunity to think about some how-tos that will put my goals in reach.
This year, I self-identified as a writer. Writing is what I do. “Writer” is how I introduce myself. It started small.
The devil is in the details.
This year, I self-identified as a writer. Writing is what I do. “Writer” is how I introduce myself. It started small. I chose the variant of my name that I will put on book covers and business cards, bought a domain name, rented some server space and started this blog. Within a few months, I had duplicated most of my personal social media presence with professional versions using the name M. C. Frye. A few months later I had ventured into social media avenues where I’d never ventured under my personal name.
But there is more to it than the statistics about where I am active as a writer on social media. The activity has spawned and nurtured meaningful acquaintanceships and friendships with other writers, both published and unpublished. I’m learning both practical and philosophical lessons about the craft and the business from people I would never have met without taking those first steps of calling myself a writer.
And the effort has been successful in terms of building a nascent author platform and support network, but it was and is missing one critical ingredient: a published work. In a nutshell, that’s how the year went.