Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

I hope you enjoy reading my posts and will visit again soon.

Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Saturday, 22 June 2013

The Big 5

Writers come from all walks of life. We all write in different ways and have various influences. We come from different places, have different life experiences, backgrounds, likes and dislikes, different opinions and ways of working. Some writers work full- time, others work part- time, fitting in their writing around their busy lives and other commitments. But what all writers share is a love of writing and the determination to get their thoughts down onto paper.

But are writers all that different from each other if we have the common goal to write? It doesn't matter what we write: short stories, novels, non-fiction, poems, life - we all shut ourselves away to get it all down on paper and that's what we need to remember when we are having a low spell with our writing. When the ideas don't seem to come and the words won't flow and we receive rejection after rejection remember that there are thousands of other writers out there going through what you do every day. It's comforting to know that we are not on this journey alone.

So what are the big 5 truths that belong to all writers?

1. Keep writing and you will be published: true if you learn from your mistakes and move on.
2. Stop writing and you won't be published: you'll never know if you had tried just one more time that that piece of work wouldn't have been your break through.
3. Be nosey: observing the world around you is a gift to all writers. Learn to be a sticky beak and you'll never be short of things to write about.
4. Never be afraid or ashamed to admit you're a writer: how are you going to get your 'break' if you don't let people know you write? You have to admit it to yourself first because if you don't recognise yourself as the writer you are, how do you expect others to?
5. If it's not working, give it a rest and work on something else: We all go through periods where our writing isn't going well, or isn't going at all - stop, put your writing away, reflect and try to work on something else - you'll come back to it with fresh eyes.

Next time you're on a bit of a downer with your writing, remember the 5 truths and you'll soon be raring to go again.

Happy writing
Julie xx


Simon Whaley said...

Oh, go on then, I admit it. I'm a writer! There. Said it! ;-)

Julie P said...

Well done, Mr Whaley. I hope your slippers are comfy too ;0)