Meditative Monday: A Day In The Life Of Being A New Author/Artist/ Musician: Mileage and Disappointment Everywhere (Day 1)

Hey everybody! It’s another Meditative Monday and today I wanted to take a little break to do something a little different.

When I first started this blog, one of the things I wanted was to be able to share what it’s like to go through the process of going from writer to author, but of course back then I was stuck in the limbo of editing and didn’t know how to go about this.

But now since I’m officially published and threw myself to the pubbing wolves, I feel I finally do have things to share and I want to share them because (as far as I know) many authors tend to share condensed stories about their successes and media blows up “overnight success” when really things don’t actually happen like that. There’s a lot of quiet struggle and uncertainty that doesn’t get covered.

I don’t know if anyone can relate, but personally I often wished that my favorite writers would share more detailed stories of what they were doing before they became successful. And I guess until I find that sort of thing, I’ve got to fill that niche myself.

And of course, I’ll talk about my progress in drawing and music as relevant, too, but those will not be as forefront as writing. But I do feel that all art does connect eventually so maybe someone out there might find another’s struggle encouraging.

But without further ado, let’s get to the meat! 😀

BookRunes…

I don’t know how far along some of you are in your writing, but eventually we all come to the point where we have to market our books and let readers know we exist.

I decided to try one of those sites that do email blasts of books that are free and for sale. I’d already settled on BookRunes because it’s cheap at $25 and people that apply don’t seem to need reviews for it.

At first I was super nervous about it because I thought, what if they don’t pick me? Are they still going to take my money? (No they can’t.) When they did pick me I was super excited. I was set for May 25th and every day I was wondering more and more about what to do to prepare.

And when May 25th came around, I was pissed.

The email blast came around and my book was nowhere on it. I was like “wait a minute, what’s going on?” I checked my account and my money was definitely gone. I checked the site and my book showed up there.

Now I’d like to give the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe it was something on my end or something that I didn’t read. Or maybe even that they didn’t put the book in my email specifically because that would be redundant.

But I was left feeling a bit— I don’t know, peeved and confused? Because the site itself is very simple, it doesn’t say anything like ‘oh, this book will get picked for emails and this book won’t’. It doesn’t say much at all actually. Just put in your $25 dollars and we’ll ‘promote’ your stuff.

But it didn’t translate much into downloads, which gave me that suspicion, so in a way, I felt like it was kind of a waste. That money could’ve bought me three videos from a CGMA art course that I saw for cheap.

Though another part of me wonders if maybe it’s just because my book is too new and my niches are really small. Or if Bookrunes’s reach is just small because I don’t think that it’s very old.

I wasn’t expecting crazy numbers or anything, but I just suppose this just serves as a reminder that marketing is a wonky world and that I just haven’t been out there long enough to figure it out. I’m okay with that being the reason.

As one of my favorite artists would say, “Get back in that water! Keep swimming!” >:[

And since that’s an ‘oh so convenient segway’…

Mileage

I really wanted to talk about this because I’ve been thinking about it a lot and I’ve encountered a lot of people who might look at things that I draw or write and say, ‘wow, I wish I could do that’ or ‘hey, you’re so talented’.

And let me tell you, I hate the word talented. I actually find it a little rude.

And no it’s not a thing about being modest or thinking my work is good or bad. It’s because when people say that, (and I’ve had people insist that I am talented) it feels like they’re completely disregarding the hard work behind what I did.

I don’t like the idea that anything I do is somehow ‘magic’ because it creates this false belief that only certain people can do art and everyone else is just out of luck.

I strongly believe that professional level drawing, writing, music, or whatever is accessible to everyone. It’s only when we start asking the question, “Are you willing to put in a shit ton of hours of hard work?” that the real artists start to come out and separate from the crowd of people who just talk and dabble.

Something that I see a lot, are people who like the idea of writing or drawing, but when it comes time to actually hustle and get things done, you’ll get every excuse in the book. ‘I need this fancy software, this novel, this computer, this class, this cintiq and then I’ll get started’.

And so many times I just want to pull my hair out and say, ‘No! Get started first and then worry about those things when you have the skill to actually use them. The tool won’t do miracles for you!’

There are artists that can draw really cool stuff on a napkin! There are writers that can pen a story on a cardboard box. There are musicians that could probably do an entire orchestral piece using just the stuff laying around in their kitchen.

The tool never matters.

I’m learning this lesson all over again as I try to learn drawing from scratch and comparing the parallels to writing. And in the end, I really do feel it is about the mileage (practice). Sure I could give you a list of all the books that I read, but the book knowledge, to me always felt temporary.

I would always read the book, and while I read the book, I’m like, “Woooo yeah, I’m improving!” But then I put the book down and then I feel like my work went back down the shitter. I didn’t stop having this feeling until I took getting mileage more seriously.

And it’s very empowering too because then you realize that your growth is in your hands and not in the hands of a book or a teacher. When you have that, you can accomplish almost anything.

More?

Alright, I think I’ve ranted enough for one day. I’m not sure how often I’ll get to do these as I can’t ever really predict when something will change in my life. But hopefully because I’m doing writing, drawing, and music, there will always be something to talk about.

But until next time…

Get back in that water!  😛

 

Fast Flash Friday: Prompt #8

Town of close fitting apartments and a scrunched bluey dawn looming over. A girl playing hopscotch on potholey streets. And the neighborhood boys chucking rocks down the alley.

A mom dumps a bag full of Bertolli into the skillet and cuttin’ on medium heat. Her girlfriends chillin’ on the couch. The Mercedez parked outside. Not the best kind of neighborhood. The boondocks. The parking meter has been broke for months.

Meditative Monday: Everything I’d Do Differently, If I Had To Start My Writing Journey All Over (Part 2)

Grab yo coffee! Grab yo tea! Grab your mouth-holes folks because it’s time for another Meditative Monday and we’re going to continue from where we left off last post, so sit back and do whatever you do whenever you read these posts.

5.) Dem Fiction Writing Classes…

I have very mixed feelings about writing classes. And about the education system in general, but that’s beside the point.

On one hand, I feel my fiction writing classes did not teach me jack-doodoo. This is not to say that they were bad or unpleasant. But I’m looking at this from a ‘bang-for-your-buck’ perspective. And these classes are ten weeks a pop.

I took two so that’s 20 weeks. Almost half a year. That’s too-long of a time to not learn jack-doodoo.

Or learn very vague jack-doodoo.

Now, you may have taken fiction writing classes yourself and think, “But I learned plenty in mine!” That might be true, and that’s great for you.

You see I went to UCI and our creative writing workshops consisted of reading books by obscure writers you’d probably never hear of outside of a college setting and probably could care less about outside of a college setting.

Most of our time was spent reading and critiquing passages, rather than learning any actual writing. Yes, I understand why my instructors taught this way. Yes, we were taught some fancy terms that I have never used or cared for since. Yes, I can see how some find a feedback structure safe and helpful for them.

But the problem I had with this style of teaching is that I had no freaking clue why the instructor was jumping around to all these disconnected tidbits. It didn’t seem like it had any purpose. No ‘why’ factor, or main idea. Now that could just be a matter of my instructors and not the classes themselves, but if I could, I’d tell myself to not take fiction classes to learn about writing as I’d just be wasting 20 weeks of my life to be angry and confused.

Now, you might be thinking, ‘Okay, so you wouldn’t do fiction classes then?’

Here’s the thing…

The fiction classes are still important to me.

Not to learn anything per say, but actually to fail and feel humiliated. I know that sounds crazy. Who would ever go out of their way to feel humiliated?

This girl right here! 😀

But here’s the context… In school we have different levels of writing courses for undergrads. Naturally, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. I took the beginner one, then the intermediate one, but the advanced workshop required submissions, so naturally my friends and I were submitting to get in. So me with my hopes and dreams, put my submission together and sent it in.

And then the list came back.

Nope. Wasn’t on it.

Friends and other classmates got on it. Some I understood exactly why they got it, some I was confused as all hell.

So you could imagine how high my salt-levels rose that day. But feeling like the Great Salt Lake City is the actually the good part! Because if it weren’t for that split between my friends getting in and me not getting in, I would’ve never taken my writing skills into my own hands and improved on my own.

This is why I started reading so many books and doing everything I could to get better. And because I did this, I learned that being tenacious is a hundred times more important than being smart or “talented”.

That of course, as ya’ll probably know, got me through my first novel. It got me through that horrifying formatting fiasco I had with my novel, which rose to over 100 tries since I last touched it, (and I wish I could say that’s an exaggeration). Now tenacity is getting me through the next book I’m writing. And it will get me through any other challenge I set for myself.

Though it’s probably not going to be the most popular opinion that I have, I do think that everyone should have their beliefs and expectations thrown back in their faces at least once in their lives. Because something I’ve observed time and time again is that when a person sits in their cushy comfort zone and never do anything different, they stagnate or stay in the ‘just okay’ zone.

Now some people do want to be ‘just okay’ and that’s fine, but they shouldn’t complain when that’s exactly what they get!

6.) Adopt A ‘No Excuses’ Mentality Sooner

Another thing that came out I also learned that if you’re failing or not where you want to be in your writing career, it is one hundred percent your fault.

You might think, “Wait a minute! What about the stuff I can’t control? What if I get sick or go through a crisis? Or go through a depression? I can’t write all the time!”

And to that I say…

Life will be life. And for the record, no one needs to write all the time to achieve success (depending on what your idea of success is.)

Now that I’ve shifted my schedule to practice drawing 5+ hours a day, there’s no time to write ‘all the time’. But you can bet your butt cheeks that I don’t use that as an excuse not to write at all. Because writing is my work.

You certainly don’t blow your supervisor or manager and tell them that you don’t feel like working today. That’s the kind of seriousness I approach writing with now.

I’m very much a ‘do it or don’t’ kind of person. And every excuse, reasonable or not, is still an excuse and still means that something didn’t get done.

If I get sick, yeah I’m sick. I often get spells of dizziness and nausea that sometimes leave me unable to get up from either the bed or the floor. Obviously that’s not the time for writing, even if I could manage it.

But this is not what the ‘No Excuses’ mentality is for. It’s also not for when a burglar breaks into your house, if you have a family emergency, or if you’re going to be mauled by hula-dancing bears.

I developed a ‘No Excuses’ mentality so I would not point at things like Facebook, other writers, my instructors, the way the world works, tv, family and say that they are somehow the reason why I’m not successful.

Even when I was diagnosed with depression and social anxiety, the idea that I should not write because this happened was not valid to me at all. Don’t get me wrong. I understood perfectly fine that the reason why I could barely write anything was because of being depressed.

But one of the things my therapists stressed was routine and to keep writing. Because as I spoke to her about writing, she saw that it was something that made me happy. And journaling is a more healthy way of getting all those negative feelings out and managing them safely.

Writing is the biggest act of self-care I do every day and this is why I’m very ‘No Excuses, No Exceptions’ about it. Even now, if I don’t write, I do not feel okay. There was a time when my mac cable broke and I remember how angry and out of control I felt immediately afterward because I couldn’t write for six whole days. It actually led to me purging a bunch of my clothes to feel better.

Some people might scoff and say that’s nothing and that they’d like the break, but writing means a lot to me. This was the single thing that dug me out of depression. If I can’t write, I’d much rather just check into my tombstone. Because if six days were awful, the rest of a life would not be worth it to me.

And this is why if I’m going through a rough time, I write more not less because it’s that important to me. Not more of my manuscript necessarily.

I feel like there’s the tendency to treat writing as if it’s this ball and chain or a monster that we make every excuse to avoid so we can feel validated when we don’t do the work.

Personally, I’m more prone to dumping and ignoring things in favor of more writing rather than the other way around. I’ve been guilty of procrastinating on essays to write my novel, even when it’s 3 am. I’ve been guilty of ignoring engagements with friends and family in favor of writing. (Don’t be me! Unless they’ll forgive you!)

But if you love writing and are super passionate about it, it boggles my mind why you’d would need some kind of external push or stick-whack to feel compelled to do it. Wouldn’t you just do it on your own? If you really find writing a chore and it’s not required for you, why are you doing it?

Now going back to the bit about emergencies. We can’t stop those, but at the end of the day, no one is buying our empty word documents or reading the empty space between our lines. I’ve learned to just roll with the punches and get back up when I get knocked down.

The emergency part I find is not the part that matters, the part that makes the real difference is your reaction to it. If I constantly pointed to my depression as an excuse to not live up to my potential, I wouldn’t have pushed through and taken my first steps as a author.

Now, when excuses make me some money or get me some fame, I’ll make every excuse under the rainbow.

But until then, I’m writing.

7.) Hell Yeah To Poetry Classes!

Ironically, my poetry classes succeeded everywhere my fiction classes failed.

Concepts were laid out clearly first, and then we nit-picked about related poems. There was a clear link between subject matter and applying our practice.

Also, I got a real treat in the year I took them!

The Advanced course was taught by Michael Ryan, who originally taught and studied at the University of Iowa in that oh-so coveted Writer’s Workshop I always dreamed about. So when I got accepted into the Advanced class, I bounced off the walls.

Also, the poetry classes was around the time I got tired of craft books started to embrace the idea that I should learn about writing from different sources. This was also when I started to care more about writing being fun and enjoyable.

But Michael Ryan hype aside, taking his class made me understand why Iowa has its shiny reputation. A lot of resources tend to be geared toward how to do a certain thing. How to make characters, settings, horror stories, granny pantaloons , blah, blah, blah. And this stuff can be helpful for some.

But the issue is that sometimes this can border into a paint-by-numbers type of deal where you’re just checking things off the list. Where Michael Ryan’s class really shined was in teaching us how to learn from the works that we loved.

But also, we didn’t learn from dry, obscure writers that we’ve never heard of. We learned from writers with actual appeal, some well-known, some unknown.

He also liked to bash us over the head by always saying, “Write what you love”.

I always thought it was funny, but it’s actually scary how much that simple advice gets ignored! Sure we might take a job or something for money and have to lay this aside, but for personal projects? Some people out there genuinely do believe that they aren’t supposed to enjoy themselves when they’re doing a job. To me, that just doesn’t make any sense. But I’m of the mental camp that thinks a) there’s something interesting about everything and b) doing things you hate just results in monkey-doodoo quality.

More…?

I have to split this here, guys. Otherwise, this might end up 3000 words. But until then, keep writing!

Meditative Monday: On Finally Reaching The 150,000 Words Milestone And Some Thoughts On Getting Through Those Stormy Writing Patches

Heyo everybody! It’s Meditative Monday!

Today I’m glad to say that I’m finally over the 150,000 word mark in my new WIP, unfortunately though I’m still nowhere near finished with it yet, but I’m chipping through and making good progress everyday.

Now if you’re concerned about the Everything I’d Do Differently stuff, don’t worry, it’s coming. But there are more parts than I expected so I decided to give you guys a break by not posting them every week.

More importantly, I wanted to talk about the rougher days because let’s face it, we’re all gonna have them. But we don’t have to be absolutely miserable through it all.

So here’s some stuff that might help if you’re stuck in a bind.

1.) Focus On The Scene In Front Of You, Not The Future Ones You Feel You Need To Get To

The problem with thinking about future scenes while you’re not writing them is exactly that: you’re not writing that future scene.

And even worse, you can get caught up in always doing the mental measuring of how far away you are from that particular scene. This can lead to a) not enjoying the scene in front of you, and b) skim writing to just get to the good part. The latter being worse because if you’re not taking the time to write good scenes then is a reader going to take the time to read it?

When I’m having a really rough time, I narrow my focus solely on what I’m writing with a Scene Scan. And in the scan I often have a place where I write down what’s going to happen in the present scene.

Unless my inner panster goes absolutely coconuts, I stay within the boundaries of my notes, and that makes it easy for me to cruise through most of whatever I’m writing. But for the most part, having what you’re gonna write, blocked out in some form does help prevent stopping and starting all the time.

2. Keep Calm And Patience, Patience, Patience…

Always remember: writing is a long-term game with a lot of ups and downs. It requires a lot of patience and that patience needs to be exercised religiously.

The only thing that criticizing yourself or getting frustrated will do is make your rough patch feel much longer and make it much harder to be creative.

What you’re going through is not permanent. It might feel like it, but that is a trick of the mind. Step away from the computer for a moment if you have to.

And since we’re on the topic of taking breaks…

3.) Take Recharge Breaks As Often As You Need Them!

For me, I’m always tuning into how my body is feeling while I write so I can gauge when I’m slacking easily.

For just a simple brain recharge, I usually just meditate in a chair and 15-20 minutes away usually gives me juice to get back into writing.

But the challenge in this though… is to get back to writing from the break and also to not abuse the break system.

Our brain does need to have time to cool off, but sometimes we get more distracted than we need!

4.) Change The Style Of Your Writing Goals

I recently changed from telling myself to write x amount of words to stop all writing at 7 pm.

The major reasons for this was to prevent burning out and so that I could spend the last 5 hours of my day drawing. Also, 7pm tends to be when my family start filling up the house so usually after that time, it gets harder to write.

But the good part about it was that instead of lamenting at my word count goals, I feel more like I’m racing against the clock. I can do whatever I want in the day, but because I have that limit, if I get a lot of work done, it’s great. But if I don’t get a lot of work done, it’s because I’m fooling around. I can start writing at whatever time I want. 3 am? Sure. 3pm. Sure, as long as I’m willing to accept the consequences.

It can be hard to find the right type of writing goals that work for you. But it might be worth the effort of changing things up if you find yourself getting discouraged often.

5.) Rough Patches Are Only Rough Because There’s Something You’re Not Aware Of

Lack of knowledge and awareness one of the top reasons we get stuck in our novels. We don’t get stuck when we know what we’re doing.

Sometimes we plan scenes, but rarely factor in what kind of change our characters will have up at that point. So when we try to write it, the scene doesn’t feel “write”. (Ba-dum tsss!)

Sometimes we don’t know how our characters can solve a current problem, but we’re not looking deep enough at everything around our characters. Our tendency is usually to add something new to solve the problem, but really it will strengthen your story if you can use what’s already there.

When you’re stuck, try taking a deeper look at what’s there first before adding something else. You might be surprised with what you find!


Photo credits to skeeze on pixabay!

Meditative Monday: Everything I’d Do Differently If I Had To Start My Writing Journey All Over (Part 1)

Heya everybody! It’s time for another round of Meditative Monday and today’s topic?

Well I’ve been thinking a lot about my writing journey and how far I’ve come on it. And  now that I’m in a place where I’m comfortable, I’ve been thinking…

Man, I wasted a lot of fookin’ time!

You might argue that bringing your skills up in two years is fast for some. But now I actually feel that was kinda slow because I realize that I ran into a lot of unhelpful dead ends.

So I thought, what if I could start over? What would I do differently to get exactly to the point where I am now, or to become better than I am now?

Of course, bear in mind that this is specific to me. I know what I want in my writing (vivid descriptions, lively characters, energetic prose emotions, humor, and voice, and being able to say things about the human condition.)

So please don’t think of anything here as advice for your writing.

1.) Read Way Less Writing Books

You might gasp and say, “How are you supposed to learn if you don’t read about craft?”

To that I say to things:

One, these days I don’t read any writing books. I haven’t needed to.

I prefer relying on strengthening my awareness, learning about the experiences (of myself and others), reading other novels, and doing a bunch of hardcore butt-in-chair practice day in and day out.

Today, this helps me much more than any writing book I’ve read.

Two, I’m of the opinion that craft (not books on marketing or publishing) books have diminishing returns. This means that the more writing books I buy, the less benefits I get for what it costs me.

To put it in perspective let me give you an example.

A few years ago, I’d say that I was still in the beginner stages of writing. When I first started buying and reading craft books, the improvement seemed like a gushing hose. Improvement to the left! Improvement to the right! All the new concepts seemed so fresh and shiny.

And I liked that feeling of my writing feeling fresh and shiny so I bought more books to learn more stuff.

But what actually happened was that more and more, the advice in all my writing books started to sound the same. Of course, I tried to get around this by narrowing down to different writing topics and that worked for a while, but eventually the same thing happened. All the advice started to repeat.

And what’s worse about it is that the niche topics that I was interested in don’t actually have books out on them.

You also have to consider, these books cost money. I’m not rich, so you can imagine the frustration of spending money on a promising book and then later realizing that it just says the same thing as every other book out there. But also, not every book is short. Theoretically, I can always go earn my money back, but I don’t want to waste my time to just hear someone say the same old thing.

But that’s the nature of improvement. When you start out, it’ll feel like you’re flying. When you’ve gotten some skill under your belt, you’ll feel like you’re barely budging.

But this is where practice picks up the slack. It’s one thing to have a hundred pages of experimentations and feel like you’re going nowhere. And it’s another to just have two or three and think you’re going nowhere. But usually the former is unlikely to happen (unless maybe you did them all one hundred pages at once.)

Mileage is really is that important.

Don’t get me wrong, read the how-to’s when you’re starting out. The fundamentals aren’t gonna hurt you. But you don’t need to beat yourself over the head with them over and over again when it’s clear you understand them already.

2.) Reading People Who Are Way Better Than Me

If for some strange reason I haven’t expressed this a thousand times already, I love me some Anthony Doerr because his writing is way better than mine (but I’m closing this gap)! I just open one of his books and my mouth foams with rainbows and all his tasty descriptions. He’s just one of the people I study religiously.

For a brief time during my writing journey, I decided that I’d only read authors who were much more skilled than me. Pulitzers, award-winning novels, best-sellers, you name it. I was reading it. I did this mainly to find authors with styles I liked and could learn from.

This shot my improvement up dramatically.

Some people advocate learning from bad books, but in my opinion, that’s like flogging yourself with a cat-o-nine tails. Our time on this planet is limited, and I’m sure as heck not spending mine torturing myself.

I can’t stress the importance of this.

Only problem is those books tend to be much pricier so I can’t do it as much as I’d like. But I sure wish that I’d thought of it earlier because the good books showed me the skill I could achieve if I worked that hard. Up until then, the only writers who I thought would be really descriptive were poets or really obscure writers who I’d need a microscope to find. If I get the money I’d definitely do it again.

3.) Get Serious About Meditation Sooner

Because I learned writing concepts that no book teaches you like…

Wu Wei: The art of ‘non-doing’. This is not a code for being lazy, but the idea of letting things run their natural course. I write my story with a very loose hand now these days, which might sound scary for some people. People who like having their novels under tight control would probably balk and say, “But how does anything get done? How can you be sure that it will work out in the end? What if it doesn’t work? How do you even know what you’re doing?”

Before I might totally agree with them and shiver my boots. But today I can now say from experience that those fears are unfounded and that constantly worrying about how all your future scenes sort themselves out is unhelpful. It’s just another form of unnecessary stress about something that isn’t happening at present.

Here’s the thing…

You might spending all this time fussing over a scene and then strike it out altogether at the end of the finished product. That time could’ve been used focusing on the scene right in front of you in the drafting stage so you can have a finished draft.

Sure, sometimes the story blows way off course. I used to get really wound up about this because I’d always feel like I’m “off-schedule”. But then I realized that the need to feel “on-schedule” was really the part that hurt my writing.

When I thought about it, my writing never “suffered” because something new and unexpected came up. It only suffered when I tried to stuff it into these random boundaries I thought the story had to follow. And one of my biggest regrets for my last book is not discovering this soon enough!

Letting Go: Because the inability to do this causes so much unnecessary frustration, anger, and giving up. When I say letting go, I’m not just saying ‘Kill your darlings’. I’m talking about letting go of trying to make things perfect. Letting go of trying to always do the mental math of how events link up to the future. Letting go of productivity goals. Letting go of what isn’t making me productive. Letting go of doing what other people are doing and doing what works for me.

Patience: Because it’s way too easy to get discouraged as a writer. And most issues in writing are self-imposed!

Awareness: I feel like I could’ve replaced my description books with Anthony Doerr and pouring a shit ton of energy into developing stronger awareness of the world. And arguably be better than what I am now.

Self-knowledge and evolution: You can’t tell me to use the Hero’s Journey to map out my books. You also can’t tell me to write character sheets. Character arcs make my eyes glaze over. Plotting? Forget it. Doesn’t work for me. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand (and still trying to understand) my own process. I’ve come up with my own special techniques and strategies to overcome problems in writing as a result.

Scene feels empty? Look closer. Gaps in description come from not being fully present in the scene.

Want to make cool life-like characters? Focus on the gesture, the barebones essence of what they are. Add tiny tidbits of humanity and their unique personality later on in the story.

No ideas? Writing feels dull? Freewrite solves that.

And speaking of freewriting…

4.) Digitize My Daily Freewriting Documents Waaaaaay Sooner

Guys, I started my earliest freewriting document on December 26 2015. Two years haven’t even passed. But I’ve done a good job of keeping up with my habit and now I’m happy to say that recently I’ve finished my 35th freewriting document.

With every doc being 20 pages, that’s a grand total of 700 pages of doing this less than two years.

Freewriting this way has rewarded me with a lot of rich ideas and tidbits that I go back and dig through from time to time. It’s fascinating because it’s kind of like a time capsule to go back and see what I was thinking in the past. But I also I see how the practice has impacted my writing over time. Personally, I always love seeing how a person’s writing grows and develops over a period of time. It’s like walking through a mini museum.

Before I used to do longhand since it was easier, but I don’t like keeping journals, especially because anyone in the house could pick them up. I have family members that would tear a page out to scribble something down, or put it somewhere I can’t find it without telling me so I moved to digital.

But meh, whatever works.

The Next Part (s)…

Errm… I did not think this would go on that long, so I’m gonna chop this post up. Stay tuned for the next parts! 😀 And keep writing!