I know they say that writers’ block does not exist, but how do you explain the moments when no matter what you want to say, it never comes out right or you just can’t find the words? I’m not one to just write out whatever comes to mind as suggested. If that were the case, I’d have a piece of paper full of scribbles illustrating the frustration I’m experiencing from the tiring fight within my mind as I try to write.
It has been a while since I last posted on this account. I even had to reset my password (I know, it’s sad).
Anyway, I am currently excited because I have two stories that will be published in the literary magazine at my school. My instructor informed me that it will be complete soon. Words cannot express the giddiness bubbling up inside of me as time goes by until I officially get to see my name in print for all to see.
On top of that, there was a third story that did not make it, which I am actually okay with, that my instructor was a little confused with. However, he said that it was still well-written and that I write beautifully. Besides, two (and even one!) are better than none!
I mean, it’s only for my campus’ magazine, but you’ve gotta start somewhere, right?
By Miranda Jane
- They are aware of the world around them—the sounds, faces, colors, and smells.
- They take joy in simplicity. A hot cup of tea, a sunny morning, or a smile from a stranger.
- They remember that when they feel “blocked” in life or writing that this really is an opportunity to pause and think.
- They know love is the point of it all. If you aren’t doing it for love, why are you doing it in the first place?
- They take baby steps toward speaking from their heart. They know nothing happens overnight.
- They are not afraid to make mistakes when trying to speak from the heart—they know nothing is ever permanent. Life constantly shifts. Writing can be revised and edited.
- They let themselves feel whatever they are feeling and capture it in writing.
- They don’t shy away from the truth, even if it seems black and ugly. They know that the truth can be liberating.
- They use memories as inspiration. They stumble through their past for moments that speak to them.
- They remember that speaking from their heart is brave, that writing is brave, and that they are brave.
by: David Leonhardt
Take out a white piece of paper and place it on your kitchen table. You now have two choices. You can write or draw on it, or you can leave it there.
If you write or draw, you control the paper’s destiny, the words or images it will express, the character it will display, the very meaning of its existence.
If you choose to leave it on your kitchen table, it will remain white. Over time, if left undisturbed, it will slowly turn yellow, old and weary, with no character and no meaning. But wait. It will not be left undisturbed. Surely something will spill on it. If your kitchen table sees the kind of abuse ours does, it won’t take a day before there’s a strawberry stain on it, perhaps a few drops of milk or syrup, or maybe some stray mashed potatoes.
That paper is your life. We can let fate take its course, splashing the splendor of life’s stray mashed potatoes across our lives, or we can define our own meaning. It’s up to each of us. What’s your choice?
Isn’t this a great little exercise to pass along to your friends?
I have been neglecting this blog for too long. Then again, I’ve never really been one to stick to a diary and I’m still getting used to updating my journal as much as possible as it is and so far it is the very first one that I have been loyal to.
Thus, if I want to be a serious blogger, this blog needs to be taken care of. In other words: I need to keep up with my entries about my writing process and any other interesting things that I can experience as a writer.
Now the biggest thing is to decide whether or not to link this to my personal blog or just keep in the shadows.
I also have to admit that now that I have found a theme that I adore for this blog, I may be more motivated to keep up with it more often now.
One reason why I am excited for the summer is because I get to have as much time as I’d like to just sit back and write. Plus, when the “Winter Blues” are gone, I’ll be able to stay a little more positive about stuff.
I have a few projects that are based in the summer, so it’ll be good motivation to actually write then DURING the summer.
I also plan on reading some classics (The Awakening is a definite; probably my absolute favorite classic since I had to read it for AP English senior year).
Anyway, I’m excited to feel free in my mind again rather than being so preoccupied with all of these speeches, Anatomy exams, and Abnormal Psychology tests (but don’t get me wrong, I am very fascinated with Psychology).
Until then, happy writing.
It’s been a while since I’ve been on here last.
Well, currently I am trying out a new method with my writing. I haven’t been able to actually sit and write lately due to school, but on the side, I have been trying out something that I have learned to be a helpful method when it comes to characters. I’ve heard that keeping a diary in their point of view helps to tap into their mind and to say what they really want to say. And with that idea, a private Tumblr has been made. So far I have been able to come up with three entries for my newest character in my mind, but it’s still a little early to decide whether or not she’s going to stay with me for a while.
Time will only tell once I’m able to get back into the swing of things once I take care of everything I need to in school.
Have you ever had a time where you were trying to express the way you feel or what you want to say, and nothing you say or write comes out right? That’s the problem I’m having right now. I’m trying to think about how I can begin this chapter, but nothing is right. I can’t figure out how to say it or what to do with it, but it’s a subject that should be written about. It’s a subject that should be put in a book. I believe it’s something that could help people relate.
I wish I could just figure out what I want to say about it and how I want to bring it to life. I would say what it’s about, but that could be a dangerous thing. Many people take what doesn’t belong to them, and that’s something I’m prepared to protect myself from.
One thing is for sure: I’m going to get it written. Even if it’s the last thing that comes to mind after all my other projects that are currently in the works, it’ll be done. Some day.
Wish me luck.
One of the worst things to have when writing is that prolonged dry spell. And it makes it even worse whenever I have the urge to write, but nothing comes out. I’m on chapter fourteen, page fifty-one and now I actually get writer’s block. I’m trying to get the creativity flowing again, but everything I do just feels forced. I’ve heard that whenever something feels forced to you when you write, it’ll come off as forced to the reader.
If only there was a way to avoid it. I’ve also heard that there’s no such thing as true writer’s block. They always say that true writers are able to get past it instead of waiting for some kind of inspiration to come along. I’m trying to be one of those writers.
I guess I could just write whatever I want for now and then patch it up or something afterwards. Either that, or work on another one of my projects. I really should think about writing by hand every now and then, too. Maybe it would help get me back on my feet.