You can’t simply write in a bubble all day for the rest of your life.
I mentioned a few weeks back that I planned on taking a more active approach to ensuring that I had scheduled content for this blog on Mondays and Fridays. My previous encounters with writer’s block left me shell-shocked on even logging into my WordPress account to think up a new topic. This was until I realized how much I was working against my favor staying within my bubble of topics.
Everyone from Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, Neil Gaiman, Zach Snyder, and even Karen Traviss, and a myriad of many other writers, all eventually get down to the same point in regards to getting better at idea generation and writing: you have to actually DO it. It seems oxymoronic to combat writer’s block with writing but like any other discipline, anxiety about not delivering what you perceive is your best product and not doing it at all is counterproductive; and when I don’t write I think it’s even more important to absorb as much information as I can. This includes continuing to read more books and learning as much as I can from those in the publication world and other aspiring writers.
A great resource that I plan on catching up on is via Literistic. It is an email subscribed list of monthly writing submission contests that I’ve written about in the past. I signed up for a ten-day course on learning valuable information to navigate the world of publication submissions.
Getting published is one of my biggest dreams; and it doesn’t stop at getting one of my novels published and on a bookshelf (whether digitally or physically in the store). The other avenue is through magazines and other collected publications, online or not. There’s no reason for me to think so limited that I can’t pursue it all. I signed up for this course back in December, meaning that all ten days of lessons have now come out and have been emailed to me. My holiday break and spending the subsequent week or two catching back up at work have finally left me with enough time to sit down and catch up on the lessons. I look forward to it.
My 2018 Flash Fiction Challenge will hopefully be the ammunition for refining my writing. Even more so, I hope to produce something I like enough to polish up and send in. It’s important to have passions that you love doing but I won’t grow without constructive criticism on my work and actually putting it out there. 2018 is all about growth. With that in mind, let’s continue moving onward and upward.
Until next time.