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The Writer Within You

Today, I want to discuss something important. I want to talk about the writer inside you.

If you read one of my recent blog posts, then you know next year I want to focus purely on writing.

For too long, I stayed in the circle of my comfort zone, and I need to break away from its fence.

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And if you also want to write, I challenge you to the same. Once I asked everyone want type of writer they want to be. Do you want to be the writer known for one major series like J.K. Rowling, or do you want to be a prolific writer like Stephen King?

Before, I said I want to be a prolific writer because I have too many story ideas. In fact, I read an article titled “What Does it Mean to Be a ‘Prolific’ Writer?” on HuffPost.

The article said, “what I believe is the deeper definition of “prolific,” that is, the author’s existential need to continuously create parallel worlds out of the raw material of his imagination.”

When I read that, I decided that’s what I want to do. Of course, being a full-time fiction writer is the dream, but it doesn’t pay bills, sadly. Well, it can, but it’s not easy. Until then, I’m going to work on being a Technical Writer and freelance when I can. I’ve already talked to the man in my life about this, and he agrees I need to make more time to write.

Sometimes, I wish I was a faster writer, like a writer who can turn out a book every 2-3 months, but then my stories may suffer.

For now, I’m going to keep moving towards this goal. I’ve outlined my writing plan, and so far I have seven books to write, including some short stories.

I was never that writer with over 1M reads online, I never got asked to turn my books into a comic, but I’m determined to keep traveling towards my end goal.

The protagonists of our stories need to step out their comfort zones, so maybe we should as well. Great people in history fought on, despite the odds around them, and you can, too.

As the great Lisa Nichols says,

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For those who don’t know who Lisa Nichols is, she is a motivational speaker who started off poor, on welfare as a single mom at twenty-seven. Now, she is a millionaire who travels all over the world and encourages people to follow their dreams.

The funny this is, in high school, her English teacher said her writing was so bad, she wouldn’t be able to get a job. Well, she proved that teacher wrong. She is a New York Times bestselling author of the book “No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love.” 

Surprisingly, a teacher in high school said the same thing to me, and now look, I’m a writer trying to get an agent next year!

So, please remember, don’t let other people shape your life. For too long, I’ve let other people shape my decisions, and I can’t do it anymore.

If you write, and I mean love to write, you know there is a writer in you. Let that writer out so your creativity can shine =)

Freedom!!

To end this post, can you tell me what your writing goals for 2018 are? Are you going to step out of your comfort zone?

Also, I made this yesterday! I hope you like it =)  This is the best image I’ve made so far!

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(note: images used in this post are not mine. I don’t own any of the stocks)

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Using Your Talent (For Writers)

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Today’s post is more personal, but I figured I would share it with everyone. People say writing is an art, but writing isn’t visual like most traditional art. Let’s say, for example, drawing, graphic design, and acting. Nope, writing isn’t something people can see without using their imaginations. So for some, reading and visualizing a story isn’t easy. I figured that’s why most people say, “I’ll wait for the movie or TV adaption to come out.” Or, “Why read it when I can watch the movie?”

People say writing is an art, but writing isn’t visual like most traditional art. Let’s say, for example, drawing, graphic design, and acting. Nope, writing isn’t something people can see without using their imaginations. So for some, reading and visualizing a story isn’t easy. I figured that’s why most people say, “I’ll wait for the movie or TV adaption to come out.” Or, “Why read it when I can watch the movie?”

For those who write and read, we know those people are missing out on some great stories. And of course, books usually cover more than a movie or TV show will. So as writers, our work is harder than traditional artists who create beautiful pieces for people to ponder and stare at.

Now, you may be wondering what’s the point of this, and I’m going to tell you. Point blank: use your talent. A few years ago, I was always on DA (Deviantart). If you don’t know what DA is, it’s a place for artists to share their work. So think, drawings, gifs, photography, and more. On DA, fellow artists would draw pictures for other users. The same can be said for artists offline. For example, if a friend is sad, you can draw a picture of them with their favorite fictional character. Those artists use their talent online, and offline.

As writers, we should do the same thing. If you are a writer, use your talent not just to write stories online, for publishing or for yourself. Also, write for the people in your life who love and care about you.

This week, my mother was upset over something my brother did, and I tried to think of ways to make her feel better. Of course, we talked about, but then I thought, “I write! Why don’t I write her a poem.” So, I got my thinking cap on and wrote something short and straightforward:

There is no reason to be mad,
so please, don’t be sad.

Here is a simple message to say,
I am here for you now and always.

Dedicated to my mother, Evelyn. 

I know it’s not much, but it’s a way to use my talent to cheer her up. If I were better at drawing, I would have drawn her a picture of the landscapes she likes. However, that’s a skill I’m still working on. So next time someone in your life is sad, use those writing skills to make them feel better. After all, it is your talent. And besides, if your friends and family see more of your writing, then they may read that book you’ve been working on or, they may finally say, “We have a writer in the family, and it’s (you)!”

Have you ever used your writing talent for a friend or family member? If you did, what did you write them?

Measuring Accomplishments

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Recently, I’ve been dealing with my self-doubt again. You know, the classic, “I’m a horrible writer,” “I haven’t accomplished anything,” and “I should give up writing and save myself the pain.”

However, today, when I logged into Facebook (which is rare for me), I saw a post my friend wrote. In her post, she mentioned never giving up. She also said if you want to change your life, you have to go out and make that change.

For the past few years, I’ve been trying to change my writing life. Today’s post is more of a personal piece, but I’m posting it in hopes that others will be inspired.

In my writing journey, I’ve been on various writing websites, and I’ve met different writers. For a long time, and even still slightly today, I don’t feel like an accomplished writer. Compared to most writers online, I don’t have millions of people reading my work, I don’t make any money from my stories, and I don’t have any complete stories to publish, yet.

Like most writers, when I first started writing, I was hoping readers would like my work, and I would gain a decent following. Well, that didn’t happen, at all…or so, I thought.

Earlier today, I checked my stats from last year and wrote down a list of everything I’ve accomplished. And well, to my surprise, my own numbers blew me away.

Below is my blog stats for last year…

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Clash of Tides had over 4,000 page views, and the Clash of Tides chapters had over 300 views. In a way, I had a part of what I wanted, but I was blinded by what was in front of me. You are probably wondering why this is important, and I’m going to tell you.

When you measure your accomplishments, look at WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND WHERE YOU ARE NOW. The key here is don’t compare where others are, but just look at yourself. I know most writers know not to compare themselves, but I always do. Compared to when I first started, I’ve accomplished more than I thought I did. So from now, I’m going to make a list every month of what I’ve done. If you feel your writing isn’t getting anywhere, make a list of your accomplishments. Look at your list and let it fuel you to keep moving. After all, if a car doesn’t drive, then it will never reach its destination.

Here is my writing list of accomplishments. For this list, I’m going to include everything so far that I feel is important to me. These accomplishments have been throughout my writing journey online.

Wattpad:
– My old fanfictions reached over 1M reads on Wattpad.
– I won an award on Wattpad for one of my fanfictions.
– Clash of Tides was a finalist in an Under The Sea writing contest.
– Clash of Tides was added to the Wattpad Fantasy profile of high ranking stories.
– Clash of Tides was added to the Tales of the Deep Wattpad profile.
– Love for an Angel was added to the New Adult Reads profile.
– Love for an Angel was added to the Paranormal Wattpad profile.

WordPress:
– In less than a year, my WordPress blog reached over 1, 200 followers.
– My posts got reblogged on various writing advice sites.

Writing.com:
– Won one writing contest.
– Honorable mention in another contest.

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– I submitted my first submission for publication on the website.

When I look at this list, I don’t see someone who was ever a failure, I see a writer who was blinded by everything they accomplished. So to my readers and followers, thank you so much for supporting me. 

If you don’t mind, can you tell me what you have accomplished with your writing? I would love to read everyone’s list.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

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First, I would like to say thank you for following me!!!! I can’t believe there are over 1,000 of you! When I saw the alert from WordPress, I was shocked. I never thought this blog would get so many followers, but I’m glad people enjoy my posts. Thanks again for following me :3

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Also, I would like to thank Rachael for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! In my next post, I’ll answer her questions. They are hard!

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Here we go!

Today is an important topic to me. I want to discuss getting out that comfort zone. What do I mean by that? I mean that writer zone, you know, the one where only you and a select few people read your writing.

I also call it the safe zone. It’s a beautiful place where you don’t get feedback, and where your friends (or family) say your writing is wonderful.

I’m not going to lie; the safe zone is an awesome place to be. It’s just you and your writing – no pain, no fears, and just pure imagination.

Well sadly, if you want to be a published writer, you need to step out. Meaning, say goodbye to the safe zone and a hello world of *cough* feedback *cough* bloodcurdling pain. I know it sounds horrible, and sometimes, it is. However, if we want to accomplish that goal of seeing our stories in print (or in e-book format), we need to take the good with the bad.

To me, one of the scariest things in life is taking risks. You can take risks by starting a business, getting into a new relationship or even trying to make friends. What do these all have in common? Stepping out of your comfort zone.

Like with anything, it can either end up good or bad? But you know what? At least you tried! And you never know, you may end up finding your new spouse or making a new best friend. The same applies to publishing our stories. Yeah, so your manuscript may fail, or you could write the next Amazon best seller. If you don’t step out of your comfort zone, you’ll never know.

Benedict Cumberbatch once said, “The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.”

And Lao Tzu said, “A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not deemed fit to be a scholar.”

Two different lives, but both are well-known people.

This year, I plan to step out of my comfort zone, but not just with writing.

So take a chance, and say, “Today, I’m stepping out!” It will be a rough ride, but eventually, you’ll get back on that even pavement.

As writers, we write about our characters finishing their journeys. So, start working on your story, because after all, you are the main character.

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Are you going to step out this year?!

Blog Tip Series: Posting Content

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To kick off the New Year, I decided to start a blog tip series. In these posts, I will have tips for growing and expanding your blog. When I read blogs, I often see people mentioning how they want more followers.

For the record, getting followers isn’t easy, so don’t be upset or feel down about it. Lack of followers doesn’t mean your blog is bad. Many factors go into getting followers. For example:

  • What’s your blog layout? It is it easy for user’s to navigate
  • How often do you update? Do you only update 1-2 times a month?
  • What is your content about? Do you stay on one topic or do you jump around?

When you think about the lack of readers, you have to consider those questions. Other blogs mention that I’m popular, but I don’t view myself that way, and I never well. I know the struggle of getting followers on other websites, so I’m not going to say it’s easy. Getting followers takes work, and honestly, I’ve found the less you stress about it, the more people will eventually read your posts. So today, I’m going to talk about content.

In my experience, the best way to grow your blog is by being consistent with your content. If you blog about food, try to make a majority of your posts relate to food. Why you ask? Well, because that’s why people are following you – to read a blog related to their interest. And their interest comes from the subject of your blog post. If you jump topics too often, you show a pattern of being inconsistent with your writing. It may frustrate your followers if they wait for updates, but instead of an engaging blog post about their interest, you switch gears on them.

Now, I’m not saying not to change up your topics, but do it slowly, and make it clear why you are branching away from your normal subject matter.

Also, do your research and speak from an honest experience. Your content will shine if you use your true voice and add in the knowledge that you’ve learned. Believe me, your followers you will notice if you post bad content.

Lastly, I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, be yourself. It’s so important to be yourself. And after writing online for so long, I want to stress that if you don’t feel WordPress and blogging are for you, it’s ok. Don’t be afraid to try something different. Readers vary on different websites, so sometimes you need to find the website that works for you. Oh! Whatever content you post, make sure it’s inspirational. Even if it’s a simple, hey, you’ll be ok, I’m here for you. :3 

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Tell me, what is the primary subject of your blog, and how do you think you can improve it?

Conquer

In daylight. I felt protected,
But that protection was a lie

In darkness, you are stronger,
But my faith protects me

Sooner or later,
I know you will come back for me

You are evil, malevolent,
But my beliefs will guide me, and set me free

Yes, this is another horror poem about taking a stand against evil. I hope you liked it! Since I always blog about writing, I figured I should post some of my works! Life has been a little crazy right now, so my writing has been suffering. Once things calm down, I plan to update all my stories. I’ve been so inactive lately =( I hope I didn’t lose any readers.

Please comment and let me know what you think about my poems!