I started a story today. Hopefully, it will turn into a book.
What unique stresses do you think women writers experience?
I can only tell you what stresses I have. I also happen to be a woman. Men probably have similar problems, right?
- Perfection. I don’t want to publish a book if it’s not perfect. This is also the reason that it has taken so long to publish one book.
- Day job. I would love to quit my day job. It’s just not possible right now. Maybe if I published that book then I could quit my day job.
- Sleep. I sleep, which takes time away from writing. Stre
- Too many irons on the fire. Not literally. I don’t even know where the real iron is at the moment. I do have several projects that I’m working on right now. It’s kind of important to prioritize. If it’s not something that fits into what I want to accomplish, then it can wait until another time.
- Mommyhood. Mommyhood takes precedence over everything else. So if the kids are calling for juice and ice cream, I better find some before there is a riot. Sometimes I’m lucky and I can combine projects and mommyhood.
- YouTube. I’m so distracted by YouTube. Darn you YouTube for being so entertaining. Plus, I’ve had that Kelly Clarkson stuck in my head.This one . . .
I am totally driving my boyfriend crazy by singing and carrying on around the house. So now I’m distracting.
It’s Women’s History Month. There has been so many important women who have shaped the world. Who do you immediately think of when you think about women (past or present) who bring about change?
There are quite a few choices: Jane Addams, Nelly Bly, Cleopatra. I’m just going to write a bit about two influential women, Virginia Woolf and Margaret Bourke-White.
Virginia Woolf was influential in my world at least. Her quote about having a room of one’s own struck a chord with me. I have a pair of shoes that reminds me of Virgina Woolf. Maybe if I write while wearing them I’ll be a great writer. Maybe not but it’s worth a shot. It could just be me, a computer, some journals and the shoes in a room writing a novel.
If it wasn’t for Virgina Woolf, I wouldn’t have given much thought to writing.
Margaret Bourke -White was the first female war photojournalist. She was also the first female photographer for Life magazine. I don’t necessarily want to be a photojournalist on the frontlines of war; however, because of Margaret Bourke-White I have a choice. It’s good to have options.
Like many of you writers and bloggers, I have a method to the madness. For many posts, I feel called to write. It’s sort of going with the flow. Inspiration or whatever.
What do you do when the inspiration is calling you to write about a topic that you don’t want to write about. It’s too personal, which is saying a lot because I’ve written about terribly personal stuff on this blog
On the other hand, it could be a great article. It could help a lot of people.
Still, it would be putting a lot of myself on the line. There could be repurcussions: a lot of hate mail, a lot of unfriending in real life and in the blogging world.
Maybe none of those things would happen.
What do you do when inspiration wants to go in a direction that you don’t want to go? Yet, you feel torn between writing the article and throwing it away. Do you answer the call?
You are given unlimited funds and a fabulous team of programmers and told to create your own social networking platform.Tell us all about your ideal, fictional social media site.
In all seriousness, I was just thinking about this the other day. If I could make a computer program . . . because I really don’t want to be more social than I am already . . . I would make an editing program. There is Grammarly, which is cool.
However, I want a program that would let me look at someone else’s work, edit and then send it back to them – red marks and all. If I want someone to look at my work, I want it to be a human. I also want people to know that I’m human, which means that I care if they make mistakes. You need someone like me to help you fix your writing. I want to be able to scribble little notes in the margin. It’s hard to do on a computer screen. Also, humans can add insight to the author’s work. Can a computer do that?
Is there a way to do this already? If so, I have not found it yet. You need me to edit your writing. I need insight. So get on it computer programmers!
Have you ever had extended writer’s block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it, and do you have tips for other bloggers?
After I had my second daughter, I didn’t really write very often. After my divorce, I wrote even less. I was trying to keep it together – raise two kids and go to work. I didn’t make time for writing.
Then I didn’t write because I didn’t want my ex-boyfriend to read it. He would’ve made me feel stupid for writing. It wouldn’t matter if it was good or not.
I didn’t write for several years. Once in awhile, I would be tempted and then I would talk myself out of it. At some point, I decided to not listen to the voices that said not to write. (They weren’t actual voices. Just negative thoughts.)
Since then I have new writing habits. I write every day. It’s not important if it’s great. It matters that I’m writing something. Whatever I write about could eventually lead to a new idea.
I also read a lot. It’s important to read other blogs, the newspaper or whatever book interests you. Good readers are usually good writers. If nothing else, it will keep your mind sharp. This is the second time the I’ve written this particular post. The first draft has been lost in space. Since I remember most of what I wrote, it was kind of easy to redo it. I’m not thrilled about losing a post but it happens.
There are two journals that I write in. One is for regular writing and blog ideas. The other journal has a list of questions that I use for interviews. Occasionally, it comes in handy.
Tips for writers?
1. Write every day
2. Read a lot.
3. Keep a journal. Maybe two
4. Say no to negative thoughts. Write anyway.
Do you feel you have found your voice on your blog? What techniques have you tried to develop your voice in your writing? What are some characteristics of your personality in your writing?
After a few months on the blog, I began to feel more comfortable with sharing stories and poems. Until then, I had mostly been sharing photographs. Sharing photographs was fine but it didn’t always seem like the blog was well-rounded enough. In fact, it might have been a little boring. Pictures, pictures, pictures. Was that all I was capable of sharing? Was I really so one-sided?
I knew that as a blogger I was capable of more than taking photographs. Besides taking photographs, I can write fairly well. I’m also a mom with some life experience. There is almost always a story to tell, whether it’s to give advice or tell a joke.
So I started to do the Daily Post challenges on a more regular basis. I also joined the NaBloPoMo writing challenge. In fact, I think I started doing NaBloPoMo a year ago.
Occasionally, I write a Tipsy Lit post but for those I like to be tipsy. It just requires more scheduling. I try not to be tipsy during the day because I do have children to drive around and a job to go to.
So I try to write something every day – whether anyone likes it or not. If I don’t have any ideas for a post, I look for prompts on Pinterest. WordPress also has 365 writing prompts available. Sometimes it is also helpful to get away from the blog to find inspiration. It’s a big world out there. There are stories to be found, we just have to look for them.
I feel like I have made something from nothing and many of you have too.
Sept 3rd: “When I grow up I want to be….” Feel free to answer as your 5-year-old self or as of now.
10 years old:
Maybe a Solid Gold dancer or a fashion designer. Why can’t I do both?
18 years old:
I’m going to be the best copy editor on the face of the planet. I’ll move to a big city and work for a fashion magazine.
21 years old:
I have no idea.
For this week’s prompt, your character must face a new beginning that is both the result of loss and new possibility.
How can anyone make up for taking a life or millions of lives? No one can bring back Chaya’s family or repay her for the loss that she suffered. Before she was freed, Chaya considered how she could punish the entire Nazi party. She thought of a million ways to exact revenge. However, her best plan was to be a successful pianist.
After two years at the camp, Chaya wasn’t sure if she would ever be free again. Chaya knew that if she could survive , she could succeed and have her own sort of justice. Her dreams of playing around the world kept her spirit alive.
In 1945, she was able to walk past the gates of her own free will. Chaya became the best pianist on the planet. No one would ever question her worth again.