Welcome to THE CONTRIBUTOR’S CORNER! This month’s post is by contributing RWISA Author, NONNIE JULES!
“EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS”
There are times when our muse just doesn’t want to cooperate. No matter how badly we want to write, or how desperately we need to write, she’s not interested. She turns her back on us, and trolls the avenues, leaving us confused, frustrated, and sad. I will admit, there have been times when she has left me angry as heck!
Some of us feel that if we can’t sit down and write a full-length novel, we shouldn’t bother writing at all. Or, if we can’t get a short story together, all is lost. But you’re a writer, and your need to write is truly part of your DNA. And, you need to keep feeding the beast so that you’re not forgotten, right? But, how do you do it when it’s just not in you?
If you can remember that every bit of writing counts – even the little things, this will no longer be your issue. Whenever we put pen to paper or sit down and our fingers caress those keys on our computer, we have the innate ability to make magic, and when we continuously exercise that magic muscle, we are honing our writing skills in the process.
This is why every writer should have a blog and should stick to a regular blogging schedule. When you put together those little blog posts, if you’re of the true writer mindset, you’re growing with every post; and each one should be better than the last.
If you sometimes happen upon short writing contests, enter them. Although you might not win the prize they are awarding, your skill and technique are improving with each entry. This is why there is a constant stream of writing contests and writing showcase tours found within RRBC and RWISA. We like to see growth in our writers, so we create those avenues that enable them to continually write, all while flourishing.
I enjoy reading the writing sections here in THE PIPELINE that features writing pieces by Karen Black and Pat Garcia, and the writing found in AT HOME WITH HARRIET. With each piece that they produce, I see new writing growth and it gets me so excited for their upcoming releases, and also, their latest books that I haven’t even read yet! They are already fantastic storytellers, so can you imagine how much they grow every time they pen something new?
So, here’s my tip: don’t worry if right now you can’t pen that full-length novel. If it’s already in the works, that’s great, but if it isn’t, just begin writing… anything. Start a daily online journal – you don’t have to make it public. Ask your friends if you can guest post on their blogs, and ensure that your own blog is on a regular delivery schedule so that your followers won’t forget that you’re still around. Go on a few blog tours where you might have to write a different blog post for each day of the tour. There are so many ways for you to continually work on getting better. And in this business, that is something we should strive for every day.
I didn’t have to write this post for this issue, but I did… because I realize that I’m growing with every word I write.
When you can’t push out something big, always remember that every little bit counts, even the little pieces!
~ Nonnie Jules
To learn more about Nonnie please visit her RRBC Author Page!
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