So many writers are out there struggling to find time and the wherewithal to pen the things floating around their heads. It’s not an easy thing to cope with, or is it? Perhaps we’re making more of this ‘writer’ thing than we need to. More often than not, we self-defeat at the typewriter because we’re afraid of what others will think, throwing every excuse out there to not sit still for five, ten or even fifteen minutes – let alone an hour!
Rachel Thompson, BadRedhead Media and fellow Booktrope author, has written a great piece that covers the pitfalls of the writer life and how to react to them with the vigor you need to keep going. You have the staying power to do this. It’s okay to need supportive words to see you through, but don’t build unachievable standards and be surprised when you fall short on them.
How many times have you gotten criticism on your new exciting novel and just wanted to fold up the notebook forever or permanently delete the file, curl up in a ball and convince yourself to be happy with where you already are? There is something we writers all need to learn in the process:
“I personally refer to my first drafts as ‘word vomit.’ The problem, I’ve discovered, is that most new writers try too hard to make their writing perfect on the first try (impossible, I tell you!), so that when they receive criticism (and they will), they crumple. I was no different,” writes Rachel Thompson.
I learned the same thing, probably the very same hard way. Thompson is full of more great advice, whether you’re the beginner or the advanced writer. Read the full article at: Are You A Writer? Then…Write! by Rachel Thompson, originally posted on Lori Culwell’s Bookpromotion.com site (another great resource you should bookmark for later).
More about Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson is the author of the award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. Rachel is published and represented by Booktrope. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, bitrebels.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self-Publishers Monthly. Rachel is the creator and founder of #MondayBlogs and #SexAbuseChat and an advocate for sexual abuse survivors. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.