A couple of weeks ago I created a post asking the blogsphere of novelist what their creative process was. Since then I have been really taking stock of my own failures and successes in order to come to a place of “groundedness” as I attempt to take my writing career to the next level.
In short, I have a TON of books yapping about in my head, and I would like to oblige their voices by putting their stories in readable form. That means I need to create a “process machine,” that allows me to create and be fed creatively.
This is what I came up with…so far…really these are the foundation to creating a working process.
- If you have time to blog, then you have time to read the blogs of others: It is important to remember the glory of community. A net is only as strong as each of its individual knots. In order to have a supportive community, one must “support” a community by being active in the works of others.
- If you have time to write then you have time to read: Reading the completed works of others is extremely edifying. There is a wealth of rewards to reading the works of others that include:
- Bettering of your grammar
- Learning new ways to communicate ideas
- Challenging yourself to do something different with your writing
- Being Challenged and INSPIRED to complete your own writing
- Entertains your socks off (I literally read over 9 novels in the last 2 weeks…that is another blog all to itself)
- (This goes in hand with point 2) If you don’t have time for one then you don’t have time for the other. You have missed the point of both. You have to be well nourished if you intend to feed others. If you are not being inspired then you can’t inspire others. How do you get inspired? One way is to read!!!
- Take time to dream, but wake up in time to make that dream come true: Take it easy but don’t be lazy.
- Enjoy what you are doing and don’t take yourself too seriously. If you lose the enjoyment of the craft then maybe you have lost sight of why you began writing/blogging/creating in the first place.
These are the thoughts I have had since a couple of weeks ago, and honestly I feel lighter for having mulled over them as well as more fire up to make magic happen with my imagination and keyboard.
I leave you with this quote about writing by Melinda Haynes
Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.”