I Want You to Be Proud of Your Creations

I had a setback recently where I believed that nothing I did was good enough. I’d even started despising the thing I most enjoyed, my writing. Creating stories out of nothing. Creating art? Forget about it. There’s schools for people who are naturally gifted, and you? You’re not naturally gifted, so why bother? I started…

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Life Imitates Art

Fictional characters are my role models. Originally posted by itadakimasu-letmeeat Alright, before you grab your popcorn and settle in, hear me out. I’m really just a big dork, and when I want to channel some killer confidence or attitude throughout my day, I turn towards my favorite fictional characters. Originally posted by marita-kuzo-pko Do I…

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Writing as Healing, Not Hurting

You know the cliche. The one that says that the suffering artist creates their greatest work. I’ve found that the claim is BS. Writing when it hurts isn’t easier. It’s hard. When you can hardly find the strength to roll out of bed, that doesn’t make it any easier to open up your laptop or…

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The Quiet Kid’s the Hero of This Tale

Sometimes, I forget that all my characters don’t have to have perfectly witty comebacks for every line. Or a show-stopping quote. Originally posted by yvessaintlauren Sometimes, I forget that not all people are super extroverts who suddenly form fast friendships to go on magical quests or save the world or something like that. Originally posted…

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Happiness

I walked along the snow today, and sometimes, I have this habit of lifting my head up to the sky. I developed it over summer, to tilt my face towards the warmth of the sun. But now, I kind of just lift my head up to smile at even the grayest of clouds. I know,…

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New Years Eve Wishes for Writers

May your characters be so interesting that you could hang out with them for hours. May your manuscript be easy and fulfilling for you. May you reach your writing goals or break forth with amazing new ones. May you find good books to read, and meet authors that inspire you. May you make new friends…

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Characters You Should Let LIVE

In honor of my post “Killing Your Darling Characters” being one of my most influential Writeblr “hits”. (Am I a “hit”? Funny, it’s more like a viral hit-and-run. Wow, how did I ever get to this point of sleep deprivation and puns.) Here’s a (brief?) list of characters you should try and let live to the end of…

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Sleep and Creativity

In my experience, sleep and creativity… they’re both parts of an age-old paradox. Maybe it’s just the fact that I need caffeine to focus (and have since I was 16), but I digress. To be able to have enough energy to make art, write stories, sing songs, or even get out of bed to make…

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Video Games and the Art of Storytelling

I remember a time when I laughed at people who thought video games were art. Then I played a couple that proved me wrong. I remember playing a point-and-click game at age twelve that sent me spiraling down the crazy thought process of nihilism. (I know some people could handle that better than me, but…

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