Please welcome one of the most supportive bloggy buddies in this online writing community, Emily R. King! Emily will offer you some awesome "writerly" advice. Enjoy!
Hi everyone! I'm so glad to be here at Livia's blog to tell you about the Triple P's of Writing. This is a full-proof plan for waht I call Writerly Happiness. Ready? Here we go!
First up is Perseverance
Writing is hard. It takes a lot of work, time, dedication, thick skin, and dare I say, a masochistic personality. Moments of self-doubt are normal, and okay—so long as you keep writing.
Remember: you write because it’s a part of who you are. Because not writing is harder than writing. So do it! Write when it’s easy, and write when you think you stink and want to give up. No matter how much you doubt yourself, persevere! Keep writing.
Second is Perspective
We are all at different stages. Think about where you are. Now think about where you want to be. What do you have to do to get there? How long do you think it will take you? Keep this goal in mind. When you reach it, make another attainable goal. This will keep you on track and give you perspective. Make your goal a priority. You’ll get there.
Also, be aware that other people have varying perspectives. Be true to yourself. Make your story something you love. You can’t make everyone happy, so don’t try.
Third is Patience
Be patient with yourself. You’re still learning and growing as a writer. Don’t get down on yourself when other writers succeed and you feel you haven’t. Give yourself the respect you deserve and put away that measuring stick. Be patient with your writing journey. It’s unique for every writer.
Be patient with others. While you’re waiting on a CP, beta reader, agent, editor, or publisher, pass the time reading and writing. Grow your “patience muscle” so you look forward to reading a new book and writing a new story while you’re waiting.
Those are the Triple P’s for Writerly Happiness, but I’d like to add one more - Pleasure. Have fun. Love your characters. Immerse yourself in the world you’re creating. Find pleasure in the little things: a perfectly crafted sentence, the completion of a chapter, a glowing remark from a CP. Enjoy each step of the writing process, no matter how tiny it may be.
Thanks for having me, Livia! I hope I've inspired some of you to take up the pen and get busy writing!
Emily R. King lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest. She spends her days caring for her four children and her evenings writing middle grade and young adult fiction.
You can check out Emily's blog here.
Thank you Emily!
I'm currently reading The Mistaken by Nancy S. Thompson! I love how Nancy keeps you on the edge of your seat with vivid descriptions. Have you read The Mistaken yet?
Have a great weekend! See you all on Monday!