I’m thinking my move to my new domain might take awhile so while I’m designing, adding, figuring out the WordPress world I will mirror the blog here. It feels like moving to a new home and I keep coming back here to check the drawers for missing socks and making sure that my neighbors know my new address and will come to the Open House. Weird how an online space can feel like home. Comfortable, cozy and difficult to break the ties.
During the residency I attended a workshop on novel writing. Even though I’m not currently working on a novel, I was curious what advice author, Ryan Boudinot would present. It was a motivating hour and a half. Not only to hear about his success, his novel will be published this September, but to hear about his failed novels the ones he wrote that will never be published and the lessons he learned from the process of writing a novel. He also talked alot about the subconscious and how this plays a very important part in writing. Yes, all that negative self-talk can thwart the writing process. This led me to this book I am adding to my study plan. Double Your Creative Power!: Make Your Subconscious a Partner in the Writing Process A book that will probably weave its way through all of my studies this semester.To condense Ryan’s advice into a post is a little difficult but what I got out of it is the following:
- stop the negative self-talk
- write regularly even if it’s a page a day
- stop self-censoring
- don’t use time as an excuse…there will never be enough time
- be persistent
- follow your gut when it comes to your work
- find an agent and a publisher that believes in your work and your vision
- don’t give up your day job
- don’t force the process
Today, think about how your subconscious could be your partner, what have you been telling yourself about your writing. Write down all the negative stuff and then shred it. How would your writing look if you thought you would be successful and published? What would you do different if you didn’t have all of the excuses.Now get back to work!Lovingly,The Writing NagAnd to answer Ian’s question What made me decide to move? I want my own domain so I can put all of me in a site. A place for food writing, poetry, content writing, book recommendations, reviews, etc. I’m sure this will evolve over the next few years…but I hope you continue to follow The Writing Nag.