By Eris Marriott
For writers, creating art is a bit different than the other mediums out there (music, dance, painting, etc.) but it is an art all the same. For the painter, paints, brushes and canvasses make up the majority of their portfolio and the types of paints all affect the outcome of the work they put in. A dancer may try different moves for different styles or build up certain muscles over others to accomplish that one part of their routine that just won’t come without the input. To work those muscles, they may go to a nicer gym where there is better equipment or more knowledgeable personal trainers on staff to help them achieve their goals.
As a writer, whatever your goal may be (accomplishing deep POV, cutting out your habit of info dumping, knowing when to stop using clichés and when they’re okay to integrate) one thing is certain: talent only gets us so far. Aside from practicing hard, writing has more to it than just sitting down at a keyboard and tapping away. I know that, for me, while much of my writing comes from my keys, much of it is also honed in by pen and paper. In fact, my “draft zero” is being crafted right now in a hot pink composition notebook from Walmart. That being said, I still chose the nicer composition notebook and I have about 100 pens to choose from to color code plot points on my poster boards, sticky notes in every drawer to put side thoughts down without interrupting my main stream of consciousness, and a pristine fuzzy notebook with my star sign on it to write down each plot point one more time before I stop to pen a chapter. Once I finish, I transcribe it in to drive, add the missing pieces caused by my impatience with handwriting and try to implement as many edits as I can before copying and pasting to Scrivener.
I’ve got book after book (most of them unread but at least skimmed through) on the art of writing, bookmarked images of how plot structure works and I’ve paid well over two-hundred dollars to get past query letters and synopses critiqued. And don’t even get me started on the costs of writer’s conferences. You might think: geez, writing takes a lot of money. But, here’s the thing: it doesn’t and it does.
As an analogy, I’ll use a personal experience to show you why I choose to pay so much to invest in myself as a writer, even when I can’t always use all the resources I pay for right away to improve myself and my craft. For those of you that don’t know: I play guitar (electric to be exact). Back so many eons ago (okay, two years) when I was sixteen, I got my first real guitar. It was an Epiphone. I didn’t have an amp, let alone a pick, so I used a thin seashell to pluck along at strings that had corroded at the pawn shop I purchased it from. When I got back from my vacation with my beauty, I invested in new strings, bought a pick and went to my first guitar lessons. After having purchased a beautiful amp, I played my heart out on that thing. I can remember finishing sections of my AP tests and miming chord shapes while I waited for sections to be called so I could move on to the next parts of the test. It became my world. I made strides like you wouldn’t believe in only four months. I practiced when I could (which was a lot more at the time than I do now, sadly) and my teacher was pleased with my progress. My mom saw my passion growing and went out and bought me the guitar I now use (and doesn’t fall out of tune every five seconds) a Schecter Demon-6 (sunburst red, for those of you drooling). I had everything I needed. Then, college came and I had to quit lessons. I wasn’t prepared for the workload and sadly, music isn’t exactly a career option for me (and kudos to you if it is for you, you are blessed).
A year and a half later, we had moved and my amp was broken. Desperate to get back into things, I signed up for lessons with a new teacher (my old teacher had moved, or so I’d been told) and I came in with an attitude of “I can pick this back up no problem.” For the first two months, I didn’t have an amp. My old one broke in the move and I was just desperate to feel the strings of my beloved Schecter beneath my fingers again. It hindered me to play without one; I made very slow progress. Lessons and practice became a chore. Finally, with what little money I did have (and with help from my mother) I took what I could get in the form of a Frontman 10G off of Amazon so I could at least hear myself play again. Let’s be frank guys: a $50 amp is good to hold you over for a while, but you’re still not going to see much progress in the way you play. Such was the case for me. Going to lessons became an embarrassment and I felt like a musical failure (which was not the case when I was 16 and going in and coming out with the confidence I needed to retain knowledge of chord structure and the knowledge that I was getting better each time). I’m still on the same song we started two months ago. But I know that’s about to change: my mother was kind enough to get me a Fender Mustang I and I can already sense the change in my musical quality. I’m playing, dare I say it, like I used to and I’ve only used it for one practice session. One can only stand so much of the gaping hole of what they are missing when they know there’s something better out there.
So, you may ask yourself, how does this compare to writing? Well, both music and writing are types of art and each one relies, as I said, on more than just talent and dedication. I have a talent for music—I know I do. Just as I do for writing. But my writing is way better than my playing right now. Why? Because I invested in my writing and let my music fall behind. While practicing guitar was becoming a chore, with each rewrite of my draft and each visit to a conference or each article/help book/support group post I read or bookmarked, I saw progress. With my guitar, because of my poor equipment, I did not. I began to hate doing the very thing I loved because I knew I wasn’t getting much better because I didn’t have what I needed. And, my friends, I do fervently believe that if I didn’t invest at least a little in myself and my crafts that I wouldn’t get any better at writing either.
But you’re scrapped for cash, you think. And I, of all people, know this. I’m in college, have a part-time job and a car payment. I’m even scrapped for time studying for my LSAT and preparing to take 18 credit hours in the spring along with a funded research project by my university. Money, time and energy are all scarce. And, I’m not saying that you can’t use poor equipment. I still wouldn’t change for the world that I got a Frontman 10G. It held me over until I could get something better and at least gave me hope by letting me hear myself play. And that’s important. It gave me the time I needed to save up for something better; to receive it as a gift, no less, was an additional blessing.
What I’m saying is this: if you can’t afford the nice word processor or conference or computer, that’s completely fine. I’m not a snob and I don’t want to come across as one. What I am saying is this: use your poor equipment for as long as you have to, but don’t be afraid to invest in the nicer things once you’ve saved up for it. Don’t feel guilty for wanting to spend that extra $100 on a conference when you could use it on something else. Everything has it’s value; if it’s the difference between eating, then spend it on the food, of course. But if you have that extra cash finally saved up to spend on nicer equipment, do it. Your art is an investment—for yourself most importantly. That writing class might make the difference between finishing a book or letting it rot in a drawer before you ever wrote the words “chapter one.” I know, for me, I came very close to giving up the guitar. When I didn’t have all of my writing tools, I let my skills rot untouched for four years; the quality of my work, though improved with age, could have been so much better had I known to invest in myself while I was struggling back then. Had I a better computer or more stationery, I might have finished the book I am still struggling with today. I might not have had to have rewritten it. But I don’t regret my past actions—I’ve learned the value of what I do have by having failed.
And that’s what I want to impress upon you guys: take what you have and use it to the best of your ability, but don’t beat yourself up if it’s not giving you the results you need. Sometimes, it’s nothing to do with you—it’s to do with your computer, your circumstances, or your time (which really is money, so I think it more than applies to this analogy). So while you’re waiting for your break or your raise or your new job or something to let you invest in yourself (because you are worth it) take some time to breathe and realize: you’re a good writer in that you’re trying. But if you don’t have the proper pens to write with, it might take you a little longer to get the results you want. And, that’s okay. Progress is more than seeing improvement—it’s being okay with the wait and the effort it takes to fully invest in something you love.
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A month has been picked and the year has finally come that my first novel is going to be TRULY released. It has been a long back and forth journey since 2011 and I can’t wait to get this going.
A few people know the story behind this novel…
It all literally started with a dream. I’m being truly serious about this. I had a dream about Rena, and vampires. It was an intense dream. Even to this day I can picture it all. The colors and smells were so distinct that I felt as if I was there. It was amazing and I couldn’t wait to write it all down. There was no hesitation. When I woke up, I jotted all details down. In 2011, I started writing it, and within six months; a full manuscript was complete.
However I did a horrible thing after that… This is a piece of advice I would offer to anyone writing a novel, or anything for that matter: Don’t rush your work, don’t run with something like this, take caution. All P’s and Q’s need to be taken care of. I rushed it, and although the novel did receive quite a few downloads, it also received quite a few negative reviews. There were so many things missing, but I couldn’t wait to get it all out there. Even the first handful of covers were horrendous…this was what also got me into making covers and into graphics design in general. I knew I could do better.
It wasn’t until I wrote the second book and realized I was still missing so much, that I pulled everything from production. It needed to be redone from the beginning. Jen, a very close friend of mine now, had accepted my book to be published at her publishing company however she saw that it was a mess of sorts. Although, her words stuck… “You tell a great story, there’s so much potential.” That made me feel good, and the thought that she would take on a mess was incredible, but as the publishing option diminished; I continued to take her words with me and finished the rewrite.
Now, in the year 2018, I can officially say that my first novel is getting published and it has a true shot to be something amazing. It has a new title, and a new cover that may surprise my past readers, but in a sense it portrays the true story behind it all. The new title speaks volumes and tends to drop it right into that spot that I want it.
I still have 2-3 more chapters to go, final edits to run through, but my first novel will be out for people’s viewing pleasure in March of 2018. Yearn for Blood, the first book in the Blood Origins series, will follow the growth of the main character, Rena. She is a high school student, just trying to make it day by day…that is until debilitating dizzy spells begin to wrack her body, and an attractive stranger steps into her life. There’s so much more to him than meets the eye, after getting past the dark hair and crystal blue eyes; she finds out about a world of the supernatural that she never even knew existed, and even scarier…is that this is the world she’s meant to be a part of.
Please be sure to check out my new site at authortiffanyheiser.weebly.com to catch quotes and even some sneak peeks into the story to come.
Oh and of course the Cover Reveal is now! I hope you are drawn in as much as I am.
Thank you all for the support, for those that have been through it all, and those that are now a part of this amazing journey with me. I hope you enjoy.
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Social Media has of course turned into a huge outlet for creating any sort of following, we all know that. So how should you implement Social Media to your advantage? Certain niches can reach their target audience easier, others have to use the available features to put yourself in front of the correct people you are trying to appeal to. In that case, I would create a budget for the paid ads. This way you can configure the settings to target specific people you want to see your promos. You can also select common interests that your target audiences may have. For example; if your readers may also like Harry Potter, then you can select Harry Potter as a common interest and those people will see your promotion!!
Book Release Facebook Event
Tiffany has been a part of this for other Authors and intends to have her own for her next book release in February. I will be creating a Facebook event on her fan page that will also host other Authors. The goal is promote her book release with the support of those other Authors who will also generate more attention for their books. We will have games and contests for anyone to join, with prizes being given away. Anyone who wants to join these games & contests for free, just has to join the event and participate! That's all! Then in turn, Tiffany & the supporting Authors can market their books with little effort.
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By Eris Marriott
As a writer, you’ve probably come across the point in your creative process where you realize one of the following things, if not something similar:
At this point, you’re probably thinking:
“What was I thinking? I’m going to have to start over!”
Before you come to this as your sole conclusion, ask yourself if you can salvage what you have before scrapping. How extensive is the task of self-editing based on the conclusions you’ve come to? Now, don’t make those decisions right away. Wallow in the frustration—take a break. You make poor decisions when you’re upset with something that is like an imaginary child. It hurts when you come to these conclusions and there’s no sense in denying it. However, just ensure that it’s not extreme self-doubt, frustration from trying to edit too early, or something else.
If it’s not and you really are one of the proverbial pickles mentioned above, stop and think carefully about what that means. Some walk away with a negative association with a conclusion. You think, “I’ll never be a good writer.”
I daresay, if you acknowledge one of those three points or something to the effect of those three, you are a good writer. If you’re finding mistakes you never knew you were making and you know that they have to be fixed in a revamp, then isn’t that evidence to state that you’ve become a better writer? That you’re growing, learning, and have the skills to make something even better than when you first started?
Many writers go through tens of rewrites before they have something they’re ready to put out for publication, whether they go via self-publication or traditional publication. Just think: you’re already in good company if you’re like other writers in the way you approach the process. You acknowledge, “This is no longer my best; I know I can do this story more justice.”
Now, don’t rewrite yourself into oblivion, but if it takes you a few tries to get the book right, then go for it! Each draft is, essentially, starting over. You’re back to draft zero or one or whatever you want to call that first hodgepodge of thoughts. Maybe make a draft zero where you’re just outlining and rebuilding character arcs. Maybe make that draft zero something that every “pantser” knows and understands to be your barfed up beauty. And that’s okay!
Embrace the process! Embrace the fact that you’re going to want to start over. It just means you’re dedicated to producing something beautiful, rather than something you can never find pride in. If you’re at the point where you think nothing you do is good, now is not the time to try writing it again. Let yourself get past the self-doubt. If you’re at the point of self-deprecation where nothing seems good, maybe it’s time to talk to someone about it so you can move forward, as there is a point where you have to acknowledge that your work is done.
Even still, every writer knows there will be a point where they’re not happy with their old works anymore. But the reason why you’re not happy is something to rejoice in: you’ve gotten better and more defined in your style and prose. And that’s a wonderful thing to understand.
So write away and rewrite until the words on your page sing. Eventually, something will stick and you can finally start looking at getting your work out there and sharing with others. Don’t be afraid of starting over. Sometimes, the lessons we learn the first time serve to be invaluable in our second, third, and so on attempts. Without them, we would never become the great writers we stand to be by moving forward.
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By Eris Marriott
For a writer, finding balance between the things that make our mood swings take flight in a proverbial breeze and the step-by-step underpinnings of our work is tough. Too much emotion puts us on the verge of melodrama and too much logic makes a book sound more like a “how-to” manual than an enjoyable piece of literature. (However, if you’re writing a ‘how-to’ manual, perhaps this doesn’t apply to you. Even still, not sounding at a level of appeal to your audience can affect the reception of your ‘how to’ manual as well. So you’re not entirely off the hook.
Some people argue that experience helps an author capture the framework of what they’re writing. In a sense, I agree. However, I cannot experience what my main characters have experienced because 1) the MC in my sister series is a Reaper who collects souls and travels time and 2) my other MC is dying and will die of lung cancer (not major spoilers, they’re accepted early on in both plots—there’s more to my circus than just the monkeys). So, if I can’t die and I can’t collect souls, how on Earth do I find the ability to generate something comparable to what a person would actually feel?
First off, there’s some good news. If you don’t know, your reader probably doesn’t either. However, much like you, they do know what doesn’t work. When a character just keeps chatting after someone’s died, there might be some question as to whether or not being aloof to such a thing would make sense to that character. Do they display sociopathic tendencies (I wouldn’t label them as such in a post as my mother has a degree in psychology and might kill me for diagnosing without more information; having information to remove your insensitivity is another key point that I’ll mention now but leave for later) or is the death just not framed properly in relation to the character for them to give more than a “meh” to the corpse on the floor.
On the other hand, having someone fling themselves into hysterics and going on and on about it might seem out of place, too. So, you have to ask yourself: what would I do? More importantly: what would your character do? And once you’ve asked yourself that, show the reader what you would do so that your response explains itself. Don’t just tell. “Show and don’t tell” is one of the most important things you can do as a writer. I’ve never shape-shifted into a wolf, but my character does (a Dire wolf to be exact) and for him, that’s a natural occurrence. Now, do I get the feeling of natural shift completely right? Well, it’s an in the works first draft, so I’ll be the first to admit: no. I still have a long way to go to get it right: self-edits and then professional.
But I can say this: my character doesn’t say much about how odd it is except for in relation to other shifters like him and, to him, he’s accepted it as a part of his reality. I’ve laid the groundwork of the past to keep you guessing, indicating he wasn’t always like that, but it’s a part of his personality to just accept things and move on throughout the rest of the novel (no matter how strange) and that’s what he does when he shifts. He does; he does not stop to think until it’s over. I know this because it stemmed from a personal option on how to respond. His opposite, the co-MC, reacts with caution, suspicion and disbelief without corroboration from him. She is left emotionally and mentally scarred from her first discovery of her powers. Two separate responses, that I came up with, are established in the framework of the novel so later actions don’t have to be justified so much more than painted into the blended concoction you’ve already made.
Now, this is a lot of self-analogy here and, realistically, I can never get it right because “right” varies by author and I still have a lot to learn on this, just as experts in the field do. Writing is a process of constantly growing. But I can say: this is what has worked so far for me. Establishing narratives and frameworks unique to each character to justify their actions, while putting in my own apprehensions of believability into the scene, I can create something (I hope) that is as realistic as can be in a world where time is something that can be bent and 18-year-old high school grads can work for the Grim Reaper.
For you, the reader (and writer), I daresay the answer for what works for you is based on your own perception and the editing process to come. But, most of all, don’t be afraid to get it wrong. I know I have, despite my examples. And that’s okay: I’m going to edit it to make sure it’s streamlined. And so will you. But, often, getting it wrong is what makes the difference between getting it right someday or knocking it out of the park.
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By Gabriel Eziorobo
Cliches are words or sentences that have been used over and over in time past. They have been used by different people both in speaking and in writing. As a result of this familiarity. They are no longer interesting, attractive, valuable, or charming for readers to read and also writers to use when writing.
- You will reap what you have sowed.
- The man has kicked the bucket.
- Charity begins at home.
- Show me your friends and I will tell you whom you are.
- Bad manners corrupt good manners.
- If you are in my shoes what would you do? e.t.c
There are lots of them but those are the common ones you can easily see. They need to be replaced with your own words or sentences. They no longer attract readers and readers are not looking for writers who make use of cliches when writing. It doesn't impress your readers and it doesn't make you a creative writer.
1. It doesn't make you a creative writer:
It will not make your writing a unique one or special. It will not impact something new to
your writing. And it will not take you to a higher dimension as a writer. Why? They are outdated for you to use and should not be found in your art work. Writers have been using them for long and the new generations are still using them. You can see it doesn't make sense to begin using cliches. You have to put your words or sentences in place of them for your work to look different.
2. It doesn't impress your readers:
Readers are getting tired everyday by day from reading books or articles that contain cliches. They want to read something new. Something new they can share with their friends or family members when they finish reading. This is something you should be concerned of as a writer and stop using familiar words. It doesn't impress your readers to keep reading your written work.
Note: Cliches are not only the words or sentences that have been used by different people in time past. It can also be the things writers have been doing in the industry that are no longer attractive to be used when writing. You should avoid cliches in your writing. Make use of your own words.
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By Gabriel Eziorobo
1. Read before you write:
This is it! Reading has a vital role to play in the life of a writer. Every writer has to read books, articles or any readable things in order to write a good piece. You can tell the difference between Tony who loves reading and Sandra who is not keen to reading. Tony has wider knowledge to write while Sandra will be limited to her imagination when writing. Reading widen the minds of writers, it improves their writing skills to write on every angles and make them outstanding among other writers.
2. Be in the mood:
You have to get in the mood of writing. When you are the mood to write, writing block will not be your problem. Most of the time we can't put something down as writers because we fail to be in the mood and even though we did. It will not be good as when we are ready to write. It is only when we are ready we can be able to rest our minds, imagine well and the pen will do the talking with no blockage.
3. Write on topic you have interest:
You have to be in love with the things you write about. Be it a fiction, or non-fiction, comedy, or tragedy, music, or poetry. Your interest has to be there whenever you pick a topic to write, so you can be able to free yourself and you can be able to talk more on it. I love to talk about illusion and the type of leaders we have in my country in every of my poems because I have the interest for the both topics. You can't impress your readers if you don't have the interest for the theme you have chosen. It is your interest and the love you have for any niche that will broaden your brain to think and to write.
4. Eat before you write:
This is funny but I have to feed my stomach before I can jot something down. I feel tired and sleepy whenever I am hungry. It only when I have eaten I can be able to read, to meditate and to write.
5. Imagine before you write:
This is a mental picture in your mind before writing. It allows you to create your own world and the way you will transform it into reality is what make you a creative thinker and a writer. People want to read something different so you have to imagine in order to give them what they want. Because they are the benefactors of your written work.
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By Alex McGowan
For the past two years (2015 and 2016) I went into the month of November with every intention of participating in NaNoWriMo and completing each. Each of those years, I failed to even begin the challenge.
Why? Because the idea of actually writing a novel scared me.
I doubted my own abilities and allowed my doubts to defeat me. But this year? This year I jumped in head first, and I’m already over 13,000 words into it. The change between this year and last year was subtle. Honestly, it all came down to this question: Was I willing to allow myself to impose looming limits that prevented my success or was I willing to blow those limits away and grasp hold of my dream? The past two years, my answer was that I was going to impose limits that prevented my success, but this year I decided to say Adios to my insecurities, fears, and limits and go for it.
No, my novel that I’m writing is nowhere near the best. In fact, I dare say it’s quite horrid, but it’s something and it’s mine. In essence, don’t allow yourself or anyone else put limits on your potential or capability. No one knows how much they can achieve until they do it. Stretch yourself. Spread yourself thin. Undertake any challenge you feel the urge to.
Writing a novel is one thing. That is a brand new world for most, and getting to the point of completion is an accomplishment no one can fully understand. This is your work, your baby; something you hold very dear. So, once you have taken all that in and celebrated for writing something so incredibly important – what next?
Publishing. You must get your work out there and let others read it. (After it has been edited and proofread of course). There are SO many options to go through and make a decision on. Whether to go the traditional publishing route, finding an agent, or to self-publish – that is a huge decision to make. Once you have made this decision then the next steps all depend on what you have chosen…
For the sake of this post; it’s about going to a publisher. Larger publishing companies will require an agent, however there are quite a few publishers that don’t.
How to find them- Searching on Google will definitely bring up some helpful advice, as well as some possible options. Twitter offers Pitch Parties which allows you to pitch your story to agents/publishers and it is a pretty painless way to go about it; except trying to come up with a summary of your story in one sentence- yes ONE sentence. It is possible and you can definitely do it.
When you go to these publishers be sure to read over their website. They have specifications on how to offer your novel up to them, and I highly suggest following each request closely. It will vary with each one. Some will want the query letter; same as an agent. Others may request a small portion of the manuscript, and then you have some that will want the entire manuscript: make sure to be fully prepared either way.
There are so many steps to follow to get you where you want to be, and it will seem never-ending; however if it’s something you love then the work to get there is worth it. Don’t give up.
By Eris Marriott
Nanowrimo has begun; many are shuffling about and scrambling to find that one thing that separates us from that completed work we’ve all been harboring within ourselves for days, weeks, months, years, etc. That one thing should be given the quality of a proper noun; for the sake of this post, I will qualify it as such: Time. Time is that thing that so many of us would sell a lesser portion of our souls for. Perhaps a time-share deal would be something of value to the Devil… Jokes aside, such arrangements don’t seem to be a feasible avenue for myself, and I doubt that many of you even have the proper set-up and materials to invoke such a powerful figure’s presence, no less convince said presence to agree to such an arrangement.
So what do we do when the Devil does not come knocking with that long-awaited, perfect, low-risk contract to gain us more time? Quite frankly, we do a little devil-ry ourselves and generate some time. And here’s how: you find it in those blank slots of “between” when you go from one task to the next. I don’t know about those reading, but I’d be willing to bet a shiny silver nickel that many of you find yourselves in moments of “slump.” Perhaps this “slump” isn’t quiet. Maybe it’s the moment when the kids are playing cops and robbers and screaming all along the hall, making you ready to tear your hair out because you’ve got to find the time and solace to write. Perhaps the “slump” is when you’ve just finished that massive term paper and your brain feels like it can’t handle another word, period, comma, or even a thought at all.
I urge you to rethink those moments. Are these same moments the moments when our inertia must be interrupted for the sake of progress? The law of inertia most certainly applies to humans as much as it does moving and nonmoving objects. When you’re writing, it’s easy to keep writing. When you’re not writing, it’s easy to stay not writing. This conundrum drives authors everywhere into a state of madness that only the creative will understand. I’m 99% certain this frustration affects many other forms of art in the same way it does writing. It is the force that acts upon an object—the movement—that changes the course of our direction. The defining moment that tells us “move” or “stay put.” I prefer to find those things in life that get me to move. If we look at writing as sitting still and finding that perfect moment, that perfect moment may never come. While I sympathize with those that need specific conditions to write—I am one of those individuals that has to be in a “mood” or setting that allows for creative flow—I have also come to realize that upholding these settings is nigh impossible.
My take is that, if you are sitting and doing nothing (save for those moments that you take to recharge yourself, as you should never take away from those) and by nothing, I mean that you have the space to write anything—write. Whether it be notes on your phone in the car right before rushing in to work, to school, or otherwise, take that moment of space in the car to scribble something. Get your kids to sit and have craft time with you while you sit and write or encourage them to engage in activities that are quieter and allow you the peace of mind to put your eyes on a screen. When you’re procrastinating on that paper—which we’re all guilty of that at some point—use the time that you’re procrastinating in to work on Nano and then delve into that paper once you’ve exhausted that creative flow. When you finish, crash at whatever obscene time of night it is and wake the next day to write a few words before class.
The key here, friends, is balance. I’m not perfect at it and I could do a lot better at time management. If you’re reading this and feeling a resonation with the experience I’m talking about, then you probably could do. This isn’t a lecture to get you perfect at it. It’s a charge to tell you that, of all things, don’t let your creative spark die under the confusing tides that Time deceives us with. And I weight my writing with as great importance as all of my other outlets because it is something uniquely mine. And uniquely yours. So bend Time as you know it and understand: the perfect moment to write is not the moment of silence with a cup of warm tea beside a window grayed by pattering rain drops beyond the panes. It is in the hustle and bustle of the every day; we writers know more than anyone else—we can make that setting appear for ourselves in our head. Time to bring the rain and tea ourselves to wherever we might be, lest we let this window pass us by once again, giving Time another indifferent chuckle at having let something so wonderful pass by.
Will you let Time win? Or will you make Time adhere to your needs? I’m sure as heck not going to settle for the first. Even if I fail at the latter, I’ll be trying like heck to get the latter to be some semblance of reality. And you should, too.
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Tiffany Heiser is the owner of Tiffany Heiser Graphics & Fyre and Brimestone Publishing. She is a self-taught graphic artist, an author, publisher, & a loving mom.