Stop writing for others and start writing for yourself. Write like you don’t give a shit, because you don’t, and you shouldn’t.
Today is the official start of NaNoWriMo! Are you ready? Well not to worry, I have a few extras to help get you off to a great start!
I’ve thought about this a lot. Can I really make a living out of this? Would I ever be able to do what I love and support myself? I think that’s one of the main reasons that I feel and get discouraged a lot. I’m not doing this for the fame or the fortune (although some extra pocket cash would be nice). I really just want to find a way to support myself and do what I love. With tons of debt from school looming over my head, I have to have a job that covers all of the bills first and then I can turn to writing. And then I’m always too exhausted to even lift a finger.
But if I want to reach my dreams, I have to lift those fingers even when I’m tired. So, today marks that day that I take the first steps toward pursing my life-long dreams.
I found this great list over at WritingForward.com (A most useful website!)
20 Creative Writing Career Options
- Greeting Card Author
- Comic Book Writer
- Creativity Coach
- Writing Coach
- Advertising (Creative)
- Songwriter (Lyricist)
- Freelance Short Fiction Writer
- Creative Writing Instructor
- Legacy Writer (write people’s bios and family histories)
- Travel Writer (if you travel)
- Article Writer (write, submit, repeat)
- Video Game Writer (includes storytelling/fiction!)
- Personal Poet (write personalized poems for weddings, funerals, childbirths, etc.)
- Blogger (don’t tell me you don’t have a blog yet!)
- Creative Writing Consultant
(From Writing Forward)
Of course, when I look at this list, the easiest seems like ‘blogger’ mostly because I’m already doing that. (Sporadically, but doing it!)
And the dream job is novelist. I’ve mentioned it before but I have about 7 different story ideas floating around in my head, all kind of mixed and jumbled together at this point. Sometimes I get characters and plot lines crossed, but for the most part they are seven very independent ideas that I would like to pursue. Hopefully soon.
I really think all of these sound like wonderful options and are definitely things I could get into. Currently I’m looking into editing work, I’ve been really big into editing other people’s work recently since I can’t seem to produce my own. I’d love to have a chance to work for Penguin books or Simon and Schuster.
While I’m searching for the next step in my life, I’m going to keep writing as much as I can. I have a wonderful friend that is an artist who offered to help me find my voice again. I’m going to use his artwork to find inspiration and write as much as I can, when I can.
I’m also moonlighting (cheating should I say) on my other blog with a friend over at Pen Strokes & Paw Prints. I’m doing everything to get that creativity flowing!
So, how about you… what do you do to get your creativity flowing? And which of the writing jobs sounds like the most fun to you? Let me know down below!
Well, I guess it’s not technically moonlighting, but I have been cheating on my own creative writing blog.
I started a new adventure with a friend over at Pen Strokes and Paw Prints. I’m enjoying the adventure so far and hopefully doing this together will keep us both on track.
It’s about 3:30 in the morning over here. Things have been up and down recently. I had a wonderful vacation in the Kansai area and then I came home and hurt my back again. Of course. On the mend now so I hit up the beach this morning to get in some light exercise. I took a stroll along the sand and sat on a bench with a book for a bit.
I’ve been getting a lot of good advice and support recently, so hopefully great things are down the road.
It’s 3 a.m., I should be in bed, not up writing. I just finished my glass of milk, I feel like a child again. I want to tuck myself in, but my mind won’t shut off.
Getting back to the roots, back to the reason I started in the first place, creative expression. Here we go again. Headphones on, lights off, let’s do it.
When I look in your direction I don’t know what to think. In the beginning it was easy, you were just another person. I don’t know what happened, I don’t know how it happened, and I definitely can’t explain how it happened… but it did. And I can’t control it now and that terrifies me. So I put up the walls, push you away as viciously as I can… a part of me doesn’t want you here… but the majority of me does. Prove me wrong, show me that you care. Do you care? I wish you would give me a concrete answer.
In Transit – Daily Prompt
Train stations, airport terminals, subway stops: soulless spaces full of distracted, stressed zombies, or magical sets for fleeting, interlocking human stories.
Well, for me, it’s a combination of both. Huge transportation hubs are just a collection of distracted, stressed-out zombies… that are ripe for story picking.
It goes hand-in-hand with my new idea, that every one has a story tell. This is the complete opposite, you can make a story out of anyone. It’s one of my goals, when I get all of my ducks in a row, to pick out a random person once a week and make-up a story about them. There are a lot of people who rely on public transportation here. Sometimes I see people who are blissfully happy, people who are upset and then people who are drunk out of their minds. And really, with a bit of imagination, you can take the clothes they’re wearing, the look on their face and their body language and craft your own story.
Which is fully what I intend to do. And maybe my story will hit somewhere near to the real thing, and maybe sometimes it’ll be so far off that there’s no way it could possibly be true. But that’s the wonderful thing about writing fiction, you can make it whatever you want.
So, I’m sorry to the random people I’m going to pick out in the future. I’m going to write something about you, and I hope that maybe, one day, you’ll read it and realize that it’s about you. If that does happen, make sure to let me know.
A quickie today, vacation is over after tomorrow!
Daily Prompt – Off the Shelf
Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?
When I look at my bookcase, I get really depressed. Here in Japan, I have maybe 10 books. In America, I have boxes and tubs full of books. I think at last count I was somewhere around 5 full size tubs and 5 big boxes full of books. I think I got somewhere around 450 before I gave up counting each one. 😦
So, for this one, I’d like to imagine I’m digging through all of my books at home, getting ready to sort them by favorites to put them back on my shelves. I’d probably spend a good day or so going through all of them, making different piles that correspond to how I feel about them. I know the pile of ‘all-time favorites’ would probably be huge. I love all books, and I can always find something good about a book, even if no one else can.
But while going through this box of books, I think the one I would re-read the quickest is the Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. That book inspired me so much when I was younger. The story of the Curtis brothers and their friends really moved me. To this day it still tops my list of favorite books. I first read it in 7th grade, and I think I finished it in a day. It’s a quick read and very quickly paced.
This book was so inspiring I actually wrote my first fanfiction about it, hahaha. I still think about the Outsiders all of the time. I like to think that reading S.E. Hinton’s book and connecting to it is what made me want to become a writer. Before that I had read books just to read them. I was more interested in the number of books I read. In second grade we had a reading contest (you know, those small kiddie books with maybe 12 pages). And the previous record was like 80 books. I read over 200 in the time we had. It seemed like every week they were pushing me down the hallway in the principal’s chair for completing another chart. There were footprints that represented the number of books you read… I think my sheets went all the way down to the floor. I devoured books like they were candy. And it wasn’t until I picked up the Outsiders that I really found joy in the story, rather than just wanting to add another to my collection.
And, as an added bonus, I have the actual first copy that I read. My rabbit ate the back cover and I couldn’t return it back to my school library. The librarian was really understanding but I still paid for another copy. So, now when I look back at that book, not only am I reminded of where it’s taken me, but I’m also reminded of my best friend. ^^