When Life is Exhausting: Finding time to write

When you begin writing, time flies. You never realize it…well until you look at the clock. Writing more and more means getting better and better. And more better means you’re improving your skills and your talents, isn’t that great?

Yes… until it’s not. Until work starts piling up. Or you get sick. Or a friend is in from out of town. Or you have to bake three dozen cupcakes for Sally’s class — by tomorrow. When that happens, how do you find time to write without making it a 24/7 thing.

ONE: TAKE A BREAK

Feeling forced to write is never going to help your creativity and your writing spirit. If it’s getting tough to write just take a break. Have fun then a couple of days later come back to your draft…edit…revise. It’s your choice.

You can take a break without starting from the beginning. Just write and leave. That’s good enough.

TWO: MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS

When you started writing, you didn’t realize you’d start interacting with other bloggers would your personal goal was to get better and improve your writing. But you didn’t realize that you’d start talking to other writers. And you just toned it down a bit.

And you know what? That’s fine. While it’s true that writing regularly is good, “regular” can mean lots of things: daily, weekly, monthly, whatever. Trying to make a law in your life to write every day and if you can’t do that, it will just kill the fun . Take a realistic look at the time you can put to writing, and use that to set your expectations. Don’t set yourself up to fail!

THREE: KEEP A CALENDAR

Since you want to keep your writing time just right for you..keep a calendar. If you don’t want to write, a calendar allows you to take control of your publishing schedule and time. Since you decide what goes where do what you want. Take your schedule into account and plan quicker, less writing blocks altogether.

Adding “writing time” to your calendar is a simple way to make time, as long as you honor that time — otherwise, re-scheduling your missed blog appointment just becomes another source of stress. Writing time doesn’t need to be a big chunk of your free time; ten or fifteen minutes is a great.

FOUR: HAVE A NOTE TAKING APP OR A NOTEBOOK WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES

Writing doesn’t have to be always sentences….it could be inspirational thoughts or even just a line. That’s good enough. When you’re at school waiting for your teacher, jot down a quick note or when you are in the car waiting for dad to pick up his groceries type a quote down. Eventually, one day you’ll be able to create a masterpiece. THAT WILL BE A GREAT DAY!

FIVE: GIVE YOURSELF AN EASY TASK

If you haven’t been able to write in a while and it’s getting to you, try a lower-effort piece to keep your goal. Write about whatever your thinking or even a book you just read. As long as you’re true to your voice and point of view and offer your own take, these can be just as great as your regular pieces..

Anyone who tries to use writing as a get-rich-quick scheme will be disappointed: building a good platform and attracting a community takes time and effort, and there’s no magic formula where some publisher will find your work and you’ll become an overnight success.

These are our ideas….be sure to comment with any tips or ideas you have.

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Your Writing Portfolio

Every writer has a writing portfolio/ platform or at least they should have. Building a portfolio/platform doesn’t happen easily, let’s say that right at the start. No one, except you, truly knows the effort you put in to building your writing experience, but with a strong platform, one day everything will click into place and you’ll realize the effort was worth it. Technically, in a writer portfolio/platform there is:

-Your website and/or blog. Make sure to have your bio, some samples of your work, and descriptions of past projects
-Blog posts. Your blog content showcases your writing skills, and interests. Write for the audience that have the type of projects and assignments you want to do.
-List of all publications. Whenever you have something published in magazines, online articles or even guest blog posts, keep a list.
-Copies of all your writing pieces. Writing pieces are a big part of your writing life…so keep copies to show when needed
-Writing schedule. Have some time everyday to write.

That is all we can think of at the moment. IN THE MEANWHILE, WORK ON THESE AND WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU.

Writing: It’s Impact.

Okay, so do you know how much writing impacts your life?  Writing impacts your life big time. What you read could persuade you to change your mind about something, it could get you in trouble, or even make you laugh. Writing is special, it’s like magic. It can spread happiness to people around you pretty quickly. Have you ever had this time when someone reads your work and then have this tingly smile on their face? That’s how happiness feels like. We both have been selected by Poetic Power to be published in a book by entering in a poetry contest. Adshayah entered Summer 2013 and Maathurya entered Fall 2013 .  These are our poems; Do they bring happiness to you?

Nightfall

The night seems right,

the stars to be bright.

The moon be there to ignite,

the darkness to turn to the light.

The dawn to become twilight,

the nightfall to be the greatest of sights.

 By Maathurya S.                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

Ode To Your Dreams

Let no one put you down. From chasing your wish

Everyone has a unique goal We can’t be foolish

True friends and loved ones Will help you through the way

Forget the doubters Who cares what they say?

Give your dreams a real push Share them with the ones who care.

You’ll be glad when it’s finally achieved. It won’t be a nightmare.

By Adshayah S.

Writing Goals for 2014!

When you look at our New Year’s Resolutions, you will definitely see something related to writing in it. I don’t know about you, but it’s like that for us. Have you ever heard of WIGS-Wildly Improbable Goals? By WIGs, we mean goals that are scary-exciting. The ones that feel almost impossible, but wow, if one of them happened, wouldn’t it be cool? I noticed a few that I’d really like to accomplish in 2014.

One of our WIGs for 2014 is to become published authors (and by that we mean publishing a book that is in the libraries and bookstores). Right in the middle of the path to a WIG is a place where magic happens. You can map out the first few steps on the path and you can also work backwards from the WIG and map out the last few steps on the path. But in the middle is unknown territory.

So we have mapped out our first steps toward becoming published authors, and since this is a writer’s blog, I’ll list them here:

  • Record writing accomplishments 2013 (Make a list)
  • Create a blog related to writing
  • Enter many writing contests (keeping the deadlines written)

These are the first steps that feel right to us. We’re going to keep working hard and we know the magic will happen somewhere in the middle to support the accomplishment of our Wildly Improbable Goal.

What’s one of your WIGs? Let us know below!

Describing: Bringing The Scene Together

Describing is a whole lot when writing stories. It tells the reader a lot about the setting/ scene or a person. When you read a book, don’t you enjoy the movie in your head? All of the movie is brought by the describing . Sometimes, when we imagine a character and we see the movie in real life, we may think ” WHAT??? THIS IS THE CHARACTER?” A lot different from what we expected, but face it, that’s the fun of it!

Visualize this:

           Ella was small and scrawny. She had the same blue eyes as her brother. Her long, sleek chestnut brown hair shined in the light. She had a good amount of freckles on her face and her skin was flawless. The first time I saw her,she was wearing a glittery blue beret in her hair and wore a layered jean skirt to top off her red frilly dress shirt. 

Precepts: Life Guiders

Precepts, to us, are a lot of lessons. Precepts help you make decisions about really important things. Precepts are the world’s finest quotes. To me , Maathurya, precepts guide me through tough times. To me, Adshayah precepts teach me new things about above and beyond. Somewhat like a piece of advice in a quote. Could be ” Good Deeds Are Your Monuments” or ” If To Choose From Being Right Or Kind, Choose Kind” Could be about anything. School, family, friends, god, flowers, earth, bikes, sharks… and so on. Most importantly… WHO WE ARE!!!! On Live To Write 2 Day, we present to you… the monthly precept!

January’s Precept:

” We all deserve a standing ovation for at least one thing in our lives because we have faced the world.”

Welcome, once again!

There are many reasons to write, just as there are many types of writing. Writing can be public or private, personal or creative. We both have loved writing for a long time. We write different varieties of writing. E.g. report, articles, stories, blog posts. To write, all you need is a pen (or pencil) and paper. Some writers still use typewriters, but I think many writers now use computers or laptops. I prefer a pen and notepad to be most creative, but there’s definitely a great speed to getting my thoughts on paper when I can type on a screen!(Adshayah) I prefer a pen and notepad too, but because of the feeling of it. I feel more like a writer.( Maathurya)

So whether you are just starting out in writing, or you have been writing for decades, we’d love to get to know you and have you join us. We’ll share our experiences with you and hope that you will share your experiences with us and others.

We welcome writers of all genres and interests from anywhere in the world, and if we can’t help you right away, we are confident we can find the right resource for you.

Welcome to Live to Write where we live to write!