I love blogs. As a writer, when I have trouble with my WIP (or work-in-progress), I search Pinterest for information on characterization, point-of-view (POV), or anything else I am am struggling with. I gain a lot of insight and value from the many authors who are sharing their knowledge on writing.
I encourage everyone to check out K.M. Weiland’s blog Helping Writers Become Authors.
So, when I decided to start my own blog, my main two reasons were: to share my experience as I work on my novels and, perhaps, to gain invaluable experience myself that will aid my own writing process.
Before I started this blog, I had pushed my first draft of my WIP to the wayside. (Giving your writing space is good for the creative process; otherwise, you might get fed up and scrap the whole thing.) But I wanted to do something in the meantime. I needed another creative outlet to delve into, or I would go crazy.
I didn’t feel like working on my other WIPs, so I picked up my pen and wrote a poem. Is it any good? Who knows. But I felt accomplished. I had finished something. Plus, poetry doesn’t always need structure. There’s a freedom to write any way I want which isn’t always allowed in novels. But when I go back to my WIP, I know that the emotions that are produced by my poems can be imputed into my writing, and I believe my work be so much better in the end.
Of course there are many ways that you can continue to hone your writing skills:
- Write in a journal
- Take up a writing challenge
- Read a book in a different genre (something you wouldn’t normally read)
- Listen to music (great for theme, and even plot)
- Write a short story
- Take a writing workshop
- Write a handwritten letter
The important thing is to have fun. If you’re not enjoying yourself, do something else.
If I’m not in the mood to write, I paint or make a book (bookbinding is cathartic). Pinterest is a great resource to check out when you’re stumped. I love to look at artwork for inspiration on new ideas. Just don’t let it completely take over your day!
Blogging has become my new creative outlet, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
What do you do to stay in a creative mindset?