You probably already know how the story goes. It all starts with maybe — possibly — love at first sight as your pen makes contact with paper: the first kiss.
Fireworks go off and more than likely there are baby cherubs shooting arrows and angels trumpeting in the heavens.
This is bliss, you think.Writing in splendor — the honeymoon phase where everything is lollipops and roses (with unicorns, too).
But then the candle flickers. The excitement from the first rapture of pen-paper contact isn’t quite the same.
You hit a roadblock: is this going to end in divorce? Maybe a “temporary” separation?
Who’s to know?
But one thing’s for sure: you’re not feeling the feels anymore.
You rationalize that you must part ways because of:
What’s a writer to do?
We’ll Make It Work, Baby
We have all read countless articles about the nonexistence of writer’s block.
Be in denial if you want to be, but the fact of the matter is that it’s true.
Your writing doesn’t have to end in divorce. You don’t have to stray just because writing isn’t doing it for you anymore.
Writer’s block is just an excuse to NOT write in times when we need to write. Writer’s block is our mind rationalizing the reasons why we can’t write in the given moment. All of these excuses thereby leading to a dreadful writer-writing divorce.
Now to address the second matter: volume vs quality.
Volume doesn’t have to mean pumping out a new story every hour, every day of the week (although you could if you have the time).
Figure out what works best for you and your schedule.
If something/someone is important to you, you’ll make the time. This needs to be an expectation before entering relationships with people and journals.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind on Your Journey:
- Just Do It — Nike
In the spirit of Nike, just write it. No matter how crappy it sounds in your head, write it on paper. It does not even have to be published unless you want it to be.
Just write, make that pen-paper contact until you finally get in the mood to write.
- Get Adventurous With Your Writing
There are no limits, no caps to your imagination and what you can produce.
Don’t limit yourself to vanilla when you can go on a fantastic voyage with your writing.
The adventure makes the process of writing all the more exciting.
- Be True to Yourself and Your Writing
Don’t forget about your foundation, and this is the foundation that unites you and your writing.
Don’t let divorce or separation be an option between you and your beau (AKA writing).
What You Can Expect From The Ordinary Love Story:
Read The Ordinary Love Story if you enjoy:
- Animals and anything cuddly
- Struggling, imperfect Christians
- Struggling, imperfect teachers
- An unreliable author who will do her best to be reliable and consistent.. .
- Random lyrics that somehow connect back to love
DON’T read The Ordinary Love Story if:
- You don’t like love
- You don’t like people *hug*
Translating the fluff → Expect writing built on love.
Create Your Own Writing Challenge
This is where the adventure begins.
Create your own writing challenge, amigo-a.
OR find a publication that hosts writing challenges and participate in the challenges they provide.
If you’re new to writing or your skills are getting rusty: write, read, and figure out your foundation. Create a SMART goal.
Setting high expectations and Measuring Your Own Success for yourself is a challenge. This is a competition — dog-eat-dog — against your worst enemy: You.
Will you rise to the challenge?…
I’m going to assume you said yes.
Vamos. Let’s get to working.
Writing Projects + Projected Dates:
If you enjoyed this article, please read Nobody Cares and Other Truths I Learned During My Two Years of Writing by Jay Armstrong — an inspirational read that inspired me to write this.
Thank you for reading. ❤
Please: If you have any writing to share (or general comments and questions), comment and link to your stories below!
The Ordinary Love Story