What kind of stories do we want to see? Often the stories we connect the most to, are the ones that let us in on a unique perspective on life. As writers, we are often tempted to chase trends, thinking it will sell, but the truth is: Writing a story that you want to sell usually does the exact opposite, it fails to reach anyone. And the worst part about it, you feel miserable, thinking you’re a bad writer. Does it sound familiar? Well, why not break the cycle and ONLY create and write the stories that speak to you and deal with your life and your take on it? I know it‘s hard to bleed onto the paper, but it‘s the only way you will ever find out who you really are on the page on in your life. It‘s certainly true that we are inspired by what surrounds us and it's what’s around us definitely seeps into our consciousness and there is nothing wrong with it, but the danger is when you start to copy instead of just steal, or for better wording purposes, if you start borrowing some elements that spoke to you in whatever inspired you. But the moment it all goes downhill is, when you don‘t allow it to get inked by your emotions, your perspective on the matter. Don‘t try to be someone you‘re not, do yourself a favor and start appreciating what you have to say, because that will make all the difference, in your life, as well as in your writing. I‘d like to end with some of my favorite lyrics from a band called “All Get Out“: Be an author, not a trend.
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I honestly didn’t think I would get any word count done today. I was in a bad bad mental place all day and THEN this little one decided to take my computer as a bed tonight. And YET, I managed a little over 2500 words on my phone. Oh yes, I wrote on my phone and it was slightly uncomfortable but I did it! So yay! Going into the halfway point tomorrow at almost 30K!