Blank

There are few things I enjoy more than a blank canvas. Blank paper. Blank screen. It's so very inviting and my imagination runs wild with creative ways to make something out of nothing. Oh the thinks I could think....all the what ifs and maybes...the possiblities are ENDLESS...and not even the sky can limit my beautiful funny ingenious ideas. And THERE lies my problem. I'm sitting here working hard to fight off the feeling of overwhelm as my mind is going faster than my fingers can type and I'm unsure if writing about writing is...well...what I really want to write about.
      Sounds crazy huh? Welcome to my creative and very sane brain. Writing a book is a difficult process but I'm blessed to have a publisher who is also a great friend and a team of authors that encourage each other. She has given me some tips that has assisted me greatly. I have also learned a few things in my writing journey so far that I thought would share. 
 1. Don't edit while writing. Just let it all out and edit it later. 
This was so hard for me, as I am constantly tempted to make sure its right as I'm typing. I have found that I often dont finish what I start and end up extremely frustrated. 
2. Plan a dedicated writing time. Know how many hours you can devote a week. And what you need to make the creative juices flow.  
For me I need inspirational movies playing in the background to write my best. I also do well to write anytime I feel inspired. Even if its just a few words to think about later. 
3. (This one is fresh from today) "Comparision is the thief of joy"  
    I made a concerted effort to admire my favorite authors and not compare myself to them. At my last meeting with my awesome publisher, I realized I suffered a huge loss in confidence. It was an even harder pill to swallow when I had to admit I was doing it to myself. No one told me I was doing a bad job expressing myself. I actually received numerous compliments that caused a mixture of emotions. Like, what if I dont continue to meet their expectations? What if my story isn't important enough? What if my work doesn't change or impact anyones life?
     As ridiculous as it may sound,  I was comparing myself to myself and coming up short. The thought that I may not be able to do better than the 1st entry was getting me nowhere fast. I then began to compare myself to my publisher who is a well established author and just like that my confidence dissipated. I had to realize that I have people who were willing to invest their time and resources to help me pursue my dream. I dont have time to think about quitting. 

So here I am with a screen full of my thoughts and ideas chuckling at the irony that my title is no longer relevant. 

Happy Writing!
       

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