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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Are You A Happy Writer? - Thought for Thursday

Maria A Smith
Have you got a happy writing habit?

I've overheard many writers talk about what they think they need to make them happy. A lot believe they won't be happy until they find an agent, and then when they do, they won't be happy until they get a publisher.

If and when they get a publisher, they realise they are under pressure to not only write frantically to produce another book, but they must promote it themselves. Join Twitter, Facebook, keep a blog, do book launches, set up a web site etc.

That's all fine if its what you want?

Alternatively, I have writing buddies who will always write regardless of if they are ever published. For some it is simply fun, for others its therapy. And then there are the totally crazy writers I know. But then that is another post topic entirely.

Its important to find a writing habit that suits your goals and style, whatever is motivating you to write.

Here are a few essentials.

1. You have to write - Just do it! Its as simple as that, but then its not is it? Stop procrastinating.

2. Discipline - You have to focus, make a plan, and finish! We all need structure. Whoever has the answer to this one, please post a comment and share your formula.

3.Support - Don't isolate yourself, you need the support of the writing community. Join a group, get a blog, tweet, whatever, but make that BIG scary step. Share your thoughts, and your writing. Get helpful positive feedback that you can use to move forward and complete your project.

We are creative, we need help with our ideas, and our dreams, so make writing a happy habit!

20 comments:

  1. You know, you are so right (write?). Especially on 3. Love the generous spirits I'v met on Twitter and FB. tho - you have to 'give out' to get back. Lovely, wise blog.

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    1. Totally agree, although I have to hold my hand up and say, I am not very good at FB at all...I have no idea how to set up a page just for my writing interests. This is something I need to learn.

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  2. I think it's important to celebrate every tiny success rather than wait to make it big before allowing ourselves to feel happy about our writing.

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    1. That is sound advice Patsy. I agree. Cake works for me!

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  3. Good advice! I reckon most of us new that disipline is key, anyway... But the problem is sticking to it! It's like losing weight... You know what you need to do - it's just the actual doing that's trouble!

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    1. Very true Pat, I'm not very good at diets...I start with good intention, then I slip a bit. I agree writing is very similar.

      Its better to try and fail though, than to never have tried at all as they say.

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  4. Hi Maria,

    It is all about habit. I started writing a novel 5 years ago but it has come to a grinfing halt at 62 chapters as my blog has taken precedence.

    But my writing is mostly for fun and personal satisfaction rather than for ultimately publishing.

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    1. I love your attitude Duncan - its good to write for personal satisfaction.

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  5. GREAT post. I believe that if you focus on writing regularly and in a way that is fulfilling to you, the rest will take care of itself. Perhaps still not easily, but the actualization of goals happens a lot more readily and healthily if you're enjoying the process.

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    1. Regular writing is the key for me, I feel annoyed with myself if I don't get to my desk on a regular basis.

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  6. I concur: PLEASE share your formulas, people! Haha.

    I think most writers are filled with heart-wrenching misery, through hours of self-loathing and crippled writing muscles. Or at least that's what I'm like! But I wouldn't have it any other way :)

    Anyone who writes for a publisher instead of themselves will be doing themselves (and the art of writing) a disservice!

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    1. Catherine, we should always be true to ourselves. Good to see you here again.

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  7. Awesome post! I'm learning that I need to nab a few minutes writing here and there. 200 words here and 200 words there add up if doing it five or six times a day.

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    1. Christine, I like that approach, and when I was doing NaNoWriMo last year it worked for me.

      Earlier this year I met an author who writes all his books in snatched minutes here and there. He manages to produce a book a year this way, and look after his children, and the home.

      Perhaps I should try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I find that you need to write every day to stay in 'the zone' even if its only for 15 minutes. Not always possible - life often gets in the way,then you have to machete your back again. Sometimes its like wading through treacle but just like physical training if you keep working at it regularly you get fitter and the words flow. Right now I'm out of condition and slogging my way towards a return.

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    1. Hi Keith, You will return, I know it! I feel jaded from time to time myself, but when it passes, usually after a weeks rest, I feel more motivated to get myself back on track.

      I love it when I'm in the zone.

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  9. I love this post. It hits on a bit of a personal issue right now so thanks for this.

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    1. I hope you find a happy solution.

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  10. great advice for the serious writer :)

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    1. I can't call myself too serious...I do as much as I can.

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