It is a difficult time to be a human in the world right now.
Not insurmountable, but there are challenges. Aside from a sweeping global pandemic virus that currently has no cure, there is the social distancing and isolation, abrupt changes to schedules and lifestyles, fear for health and financial futures, worry about family and friends … the list goes on and on and could really be an entire piece in and of itself.
But you know the circumstances of your current existence, and probably don’t need me rehashing them for your mind to start spinning on.
Instead, we’re going to talk a bit about the reality of writing and creating in times of uncertainty and chaos, why it is important, how entirely impossible it can seem, and how you can overcome that.Continue reading
Look into the profiles of most prolific writers and you’ll see staggering figures:
Stephen King has published more than 63 novels since his debut best-seller Carrie.
Isaac Asimov, one of the “Big Three” sci-fi writers, wrote more than 500 books over his 53-year career.
Anthony Trollope churned out 47 novels and dozens of short stories despite writing for only three hours per day.
Charles Bukowski produced some 5,000 poems, novels, and short stories during his 38 years of writing.
How did these writers manage to create content so quickly? Do they possess supernatural powers to pop out content at lightning speed?Continue reading
Writing faster and more efficiently is something I’ve learned to adapt to gradually over the years of being a full-time writer.
Time efficiency and quality when you’re a full-timer are, let’s just say, hella important.
Well, the more quality work we churn out, the more money we can potentially earn by gaining higher-paid gigs, right? I’m not an aerospace engineer, but that isn’t exactly rocket science, is it?
You’re aware of that already, and I’m not here to insult your intelligence … so I’ll get to the point now.Continue reading
The English language has hundreds of thousands of words, and learning how to pick the right one for the occasion is an art. Like every art form, word choice is also partly subjective, depending on the context, and overall often frustrating to “get right.”
Have you ever revisited your older texts, perhaps some early attempts from many years ago? Did you have a slightly odd, cringey feeling of barely recognizing yourself as the author? If so, I can relate! This feeling of perplexed embarrassment is partly caused by the different word choices made by your old self compared to your current one.
As inexperienced authors, our vocabulary is not very evolved—that’s certainly one aspect of it. In other … words, we might not be aware that there is a more accurate, more specific word for what we try to convey. As a young author, I saw no problem with using nice in every other sentence.
The issue, however, goes far beyond not knowing a certain word.Continue reading