We’re approaching the end of the summer holidays and autumn beckons… and I’m actually quite excited about it! Although summer has been lovely and I’ve had some great times with my boys (hours of playing french cricket and some fab days out) I’ve missed the term-time routine. I’ve missed having more time to write and our weekly writerly check-in on our #WhatImWriting linky.
I’ve been meaning to do a roundup for June/July but got sidetracked by boys and icecream and snails and beaches. So, I’ve decided to do the roundup in a different way: out of all the posts shared on the linky this (early) summer I’m going to pick the ten that I think will best motivate us with our writing as we go into the new season. So here goes:
The #WhatImWriting ten top motivational posts:
1) Sometimes the mundanity of day to day life can start to suffocate creativity – don’t let it! As a way to keep her creative muse healthy, Tara Borin writes ‘morning pages’. The idea of journalling every morning does appeal to me but I like sleep too much and have to be dragged kicking and screaming from my bed most days. The way Tara writes this post is so beautiful though it almost had me setting my alarm early to get some writing done before the kids wake up. (Almost). If you’re even slightly less of a bed addict than me I bet it will get you motivated!
2) Ever felt like you can’t call yourself an ‘author’… or even a writer? Chrissie can identify – in this hilarious post she labels herself a ‘dabbler’ and has all sorts of advice for us fellow dabbling types. (Clue – it’s useful advice regardless of how you label yourself).
3) When you’re struggling with writer’s block you can sometimes question why you write at all. If this is familiar then this post from Iona might strike a chord, particularly if you’re female. Don’t give up! We need lots of force to crash through the glass ceiling that unfortunately still seems to exist in the world of publishing.
4) Lost your mojo this autumn? Sophie had, but then she found a “bolt of pure inspiring awesomeness” in the form of some powerful performance poetry which she urges us to watch. I (finally!) just got round to it and totally agree with Sophie! They’re still available on BBC iplayer so go on, have a listen.
5) Ideas still not flowing? How about looking at your own life for inspiration? In Is your story the stuff of Fairytales? Rachael inspires us to consider how we might write our past as a fairy-story (complete with wicked witches and trails of breadcrumbs!). When I read the post’s title I thought ‘nope – my life is too boring’ but Rachael got me convinced that actually, even things that seem mundane to us can be re-written into something exciting and magical. So go on, use your own history and get storytelling!
6) But if you’re writing your own ‘story’, how much could or should you share? Reneé tells us why she puts her life online in a post that shows the benefits of writing from the heart.
7) Do you have an idea for a novel but you you’re not sure how to develop it? Nicola has some great ideas about story structure and character development in this post.
8) Maybe you’ve spent your summer writing, editing and polishing your work and now you want to send it out… except, ARGH! SCARY! My post on building confidence might help give you the extra shove. Go on – make some submissions (I’ve entered a writing competition and am gearing up to submit to agents – eek!)
9) Submitting is great and feedback is fantastic but as writers we will all meet our fair share of criticism along the way. In fact we NEED criticism – of a constructive type at least – in order to develop and improve. And yet, no matter how helpful, criticism can still hurt our delicate writerly souls. But help is at hand! In this post Becky talks about various ways of dealing with it – onwards and upwards!
10) Self promotion is something that tends to make writers cringe – but we need to get better at it in order to succeed. Aimee feels our pain and I found this post about how she really feels when she’s tweeting about her book inspirational – she’s achieved so much!
10… because I can’t count) As writers it’s lovely to be able to rejoice in others’ successes (even if we might be feeling a teensy bit envious too). I’ve been following Emily for nearly a year now and in that time she’s published her second novel and gone from strength to strength. This post made me smile and I found it massively motivating too.
So there you have it – get inspired, get writing, get promoting, get going! #WhatImWriting will be back next Tuesday so you can link up and tell us all about how it’s going. Woo hoo!