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Confessions of A Writer #5: Reading Inspires Writing

Stephen King If You Want to be A Writer Quote

I know sometimes you feel like you don’t have time to read because you want to use that time to write. However, I personally believe reading and writing go hand in hand. When you’re feeling lost, reading can be the greatest inspiration to get yourself back into writing again. If anything, I honestly believe what inspires most writer’s writing is the books the writer reads.

For me, most of the writing I do here on my blog is mostly book reviews and video games, with these confessions posts being published whenever I feel inspired to write about writing. However, what you’ll notice if you go through the books I’ve written reviews on is that I mostly talk about young adult literature, fantasy and occasionally science fiction, romance and mystery. This makes sense for me as a writer because these are the type of books I read. But, I also feel like with my own writing, these types of books inspire me to write outside of what I do here on my blog. Most of the writing I do outside of here that I decide to publish on my blog is usually one of these genres. This is because I gain my inspiration from these stories and use them to help me come up with unique stories of my own.

I write within the genres I read because I find that reading inspires writing. And I think most writers can agree with me on this. I honestly think one of the basic tools a writer needs to be successful is to read a lot. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean someone can’t be a writer because they don’t read. I just think a writer who doesn’t read will have a much more difficult time at being successful as a writer due to having one less source of inspiration in their lives.

I feel like reading can help you a lot with your writing. By reading other books, you expose yourself to a variety of different writing styles and can see what works and what doesn’t. You can also make note of writing devices such as plot, setting, character, etc. in a story to get an idea of how to improve your own writing.

I believe that reading helps you gain knowledge. So as a writer, I believe the more books you read, the more you are able to understand writing as a whole. So for me personally, I believe in order to be a successful writer, you have to read just as much as you write.

Confessions of A Writer #4: I am A Writer, Despite My Lack of Experience

I Am a Writer Jessica F. Hinton Quote

I am a writer. I might not have all of the experience or knowledge as those who write for a living, but I am a writer because I have the passion for it. I am a writer because I enjoy it, it’s the one thing I know how to do and it’s the only thing I can imagine myself doing for the rest of my life.

Yet, others wouldn’t consider me a writer because I don’t have a job where I get paid to write. Or because I don’t have a novel or story published for readers to enjoy or critique. Or even because I don’t have enough knowledge or experience in writing to work for a major newspaper or publication.

But the thing is, I’ve been writing since 7th grade. And I haven’t quit since. Yes, I don’t work for a major publishing company or have 3 to 4 years of publishing/writing/newspaper experience, but I did study writing during my four years of college. I did an internship for a year with a nonprofit that worked with independent bookstores called Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. This allowed me the opportunity to meet some Southern Authors at one of the trade shows I attended and gave me an insider’s look into the world of booksellers. I also was a part of my college’s online newspaper The PostScript for a year, where I wrote news stories that we published online and was the editor for a semester. For those interested in seeing for themselves, the page with all of my published stories can be found here. Being a part of a newspaper for a year was a rewarding experience. It gave me good insight into what it was like deciding what to write about in the community and gave me a better understanding of writing in a way I’d never thought of before.

And then, there is my blog here on WordPress, which I started in 2015 months after I graduated from college as a way for me to continue pursuing my passion in writing. A writing atmosphere that I find allows me the opportunity to continue writing the way I wish but also allows me the ability to improve my writing. A community of writers who’ve been nothing short of supportive as I continue on my own path of writing success.

During the two years I’ve been blogging on WordPress, I feel like I learn something different each time I set out to write. I’ve also found I’ve enjoyed writing a lot more now that I can write freely without following a specific set of guidelines. I think it has to do with being allowed on my blog to write in whatever style I choose, making changes whenever I find it necessary. But at the same time, I’ve learned that blogging is a lot different than reporting and each style of writing has its own unique rules.

I know my path of becoming a writer isn’t the traditional route of getting there, but I’ve found I’ve learned a lot since I first decided writing is what I wanted to do. In college, I gained the solid foundation needed to understand how writing works. Now, I am continuing to work on my writing style to see what suits me as well as just writing whenever and about whatever. I’m learning more about the blogging community and working on improving my blog to the best of my ability.

But at the end of all of this, I am a writer because I believe I am one. I am a writer because I enjoy it and can see myself writing for the rest of my life.  And if you feel the same as I do, don’t let anyone tell you differently.

If We Were Having Coffee: Slower Weeks

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Sorry for the late arrival of another post. I’ve been so busy lately and just didn’t know what all I want to write about right now. Well, I do have a couple topic ideas, just not sure how I really feel about doing them yet. I hope to have another post after this one coming your way soon. I’m working on something I think you might all be interested in. Will just have to wait and see once it comes out though.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you things have continued picking up at work. Well… a little. Things have been a little slower actually now that I think about it. With Hurricane Matthew coming through, it feels like not as many students were at school this week. Mind you, things still got a little crazy at work. We did have our busy moments. Just not as many as we usually have during any given week.

It’s because of this I feel like I don’t have too much to say about what I’ve been up to. Oh, I can keep you up to date on how I’ve been doing with my caffeine addiction. There’s actually good news on that front. I’ve actually been doing a good job of cutting soda out of my diet. Good as in I’ve gone completely without soda for a while now. I tried drinking my favorite soda the other day Dr. Pepper to see how it tasted after not having it, but it tasted weird to me. So I haven’t really had it since. I then tried drinking Root Beer the next day with basically almost the same results. So I definitely can say I think cutting soda out of my intake is definitely working. Though I’ll admit yesterday when Mom and I went out for lunch with a friend I had some Sprite. More than I planned on drinking. But that’s okay because I didn’t drink any more soda after lunch. I’ve mostly been sticking to drinking water and milk, which I think will do well for me in the long run.

Speaking of this weekend, Mom and I went to a friend’s Halloween Party last night. It was quite a blast too! My Mom made a Litter Box Cake for the party to bring over and everyone else was dressed up in really great Halloween costumes.

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I was also given this cute coloring book to add to what is becoming a vast coloring book collection. It’s got a lot of cute cats, dressed up for various occasions, the type of coloring book I know I’ll enjoy coloring in. Speaking of which, I hope to start doing some more coloring again soon. I’ve been missing it and I think getting another coloring book from someone is just what I need to remind me to get back into the habit of coloring.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that’s really all I have to say. I’m planning on doing a blog post about this year’s presidential election, which is something I’m interested to see what people’s thoughts will be on it. It’ll be nothing anyone will find too surprising, but something I hope you’ll be interested to read.

But yeah, these last two weeks have actually been really slow for me. My grandmother will be coming here this week though so Mom won’t have to take as much time off and so she can see what’s going on at the house. Her contractor is supposed to be continuing the demolition process this upcoming week when my grandmother gets here so I’m looking forward to see what’s going to happen next.

Until then, I hope you all have had a wonderful week!

My Writing Space

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Image via Pinterest’s Writing Spaces board.

Whenever I think of writing, I automatically think about my own writing space. Everyone who writes has their own place where their ideas flow in, a space where they can be alone with their creative thoughts. But every writer also has their own preferences for when they go to write, whether it be needing silence to get their thoughts down or listening to certain song lyrics. For each writer, doing these things allows them to write to the best of their ability. But not every writer does the same things.

Personally, I don’t really have my own writing space yet. This is because I’ve discovered I can write anywhere I go: in one of the comfy chairs at my old college’s library, my bed, on our living room couch, etc. Everywhere is susceptible for me to sit down and write. As long as I’m comfortable where I’m sitting, I can write.

But comfort isn’t the only thing I need in order to be in my own writing space. I also need to be in the right mental state of mind. For those who know me, I’m a really passionate person. This means I can be very emotional, which can be both good and bad when it comes to my writing. Sometimes, those emotions come out in a way I can safely write about them without a care in the world. However, they can also cripple my ability to write to where I just can’t do it, no matter how much I want to. I can sometimes use these emotions to write something good, but at the cost of feeling emotionally drained, not wanting to write anything more for a little while.

Whenever I really feel like writing, I’ll mentally feel the itch to write thoughts down. I’ll imagine myself at some location, either writing by hand or typing my thoughts out on my laptop. I’ll try and imagine what I’m writing about and make those words come to fruition. Whenever these itches occur, I try my best to write right afterwards because I know I’ll be able to do it. Otherwise, those words will fade from my mind into the dark.

While some people prefer silence in their writing space, I can write while listening to music AND write in silence. I don’t prefer one over the other because sometimes I can write and listen to music and sometimes I need silence to get my writing done. It all just depends on my state of mind and the environment around me which one I prefer at the time.

Every writer’s preferences are uniquely theirs. Every writer is unique in what they need to do in order to get their creative juices flowing.

The things I’ve mentioned above are what I need to be in my own writing space. The only thing really missing is just finding the right place for me to sit down and write. While this hasn’t been an issue for me just yet, I still hope one day I’ll have my own space. Because while being able to write anywhere I go is great, I still want my own little place to write. So the places I imagine myself writing will have to do until then.

What about you? Where do you go to write? And what do you need to be able to do to get your creative juices flowing?

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