How Can I Feel Good About My Writing?


If you’re a writer of any kind – be that of books, poems, or simply the occasional greeting card – you have, at some point, looked back at your words and thought, “Man. That sounds like complete rubbish.” THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE A BAD WRITER, OKAY? (Had to get that sick thought out of your brain right away.*) This only means that you have a hard time seeing your writing for what it really is.

*it better be gone or else i will mercilessly unlEASH MY UNICORN ARMY ON YOU.


First, let me offer some credentials.

When I was a kid,* I loved writing fanfiction.** And you know the BEST PART of scribbling out incoherent stories as a sticky-faced eleven-year-old kid and posting them on a message board?? GETTING FEEDBACK. People would read my stories and actually like them – INSANE. I wrote more, totally animated by how downright fun it was, but I also read more too.

I read other kids’ fanfic because I wanted to get more readers BE A GOOD FRIEND. I loved seeing how other writing styles varied and I loved (loved LOVED) offering people positive feedback and giving their spirits a little boost. That being said, I’d like to think that I have small degree in making people feel better about their writing! Excuse me while I pin a name tag to my face and NOW LET’S GET STARTED.

*and also to this day
**Nancy Drew fanfiction, in case you’re IMPOSSIBLY CURIOUS. They were mostly alternate ending stories for the Nancy Drew video games by Her Interactive and if ANYONE HERE KNOWS ABOUT THIS PRECIOUS VIRTUAL REALITY PLEASE SQUEAK AND FANGIRL WITH ME IN THE COMMENTS!!!


01. REMEMBER THAT ALL (ALL ALLLL) WRITING NEEDS EDITING.

We know this, don’t we? We do. But for some reason, when I’m going back to read the last chapter I dumped out of my brain, something inside me cringes and says, “NO. THERE IS NO HOPE FOR THIS, ABBIEE. NO EDITING WILL FIX THIS APOCOLYPSE.” (I often have a slightly overpowering urge delETE EVERYTHING AND GO EAT WAFFLES.*)

The truth is, editing is going to happen and everything is going to be okay. It’s really that simple! As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, I have a hard time leaving a sentence in complete shambles and “just moving on.” (And if you’re anything like me, this is going to be a tough training process – but it’s totally possible because look who’s doing it!???) Try thinking of editing like this: it’s part of the process and I’m not neglecting anything right now. I’m just not at that step of the process. Lousy words are never ever ever the end. EVER.

*surprisingly, this helps nothing but my temporary mental stability.


2. YOU DON’T THINK THAT’S FUNNY? SOMEONE ELSE DOES. (LIKE ME HAHAHAHA!)

Nine times out of ten, I write brilliant comedy with a completely straight face. OKAY OKAY, so I probably laugh at my writing more than most people* but I still don’t think I’m that funny. HOWEVER! When other people read my writing, they’re cracking up at all those jokes I assumed were very lame and wilty. Basically, you are funnier than you think you are. Be bold and don’t be afraid of your humor! Chances are you’ll be surprised.

*anyone on planet earth ever seriously like everyone is looking at me asking, “what on earth is so funny?” and i’m just like, “my own writing.” #boss


03. GET FEEDBACK (AND NOT JUST FROM YOUR FRIENDS.)

I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING – if you’re like me, that is. Because whenever somebody unloads the “critique group” strategy, I inwardly begin melTING DOWN LIKE A NUCLEAR REACTOR ON A SUNNY DAY. I and cement myself in the EXACT MIDDLE of my comfort zone – fingers gripping the edges of my imaginary (and surprisingly comfortable) chair. BUT THIS IS NOT GOOD. In fact, it’s almost as unhealthy as pink frosted donuts.

Since I started posting bits of fanfiction online, I’ve loved getting feedback – both good and bad – preferably from people who have no bias/idea who I even am. Though my family’s opinion means the most to me, it’s important to have people who don’t know you reviewing your stuff. They usually aren’t afraid to critique openly and be honest about their opinion. THIS IS NOT TO SAY THEY ARE ALWAYS RIGHT. Noooo sir, nobody is always right. Some critique will be worth considering, and some will be total trash. You just have to discern which is which (the hard part.) This discerning process has helped shape me into a more confident writer.

So go and share something you’ve written! There are loads of platform options – from message boards to Wattpad to simply posting a screenshot of your current project on Twitter. Anything! You’ll be amazed by how great it makes you feel.


04. NEVER EVER (EVER!) COMPARE YOUR WRITING WITH SOMEONE ELSE’S.

There are two ways to do this and they both lend zero profit. You can either a) think someone else’s writing is better than yours and cry, or b) think your writing is better than someone else’s and feel aloof. Neither direction is going to fulfill you. The truth about writing is this: we all write differently. Writing is an art, and there is no right or wrong way to make art.

I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE SQUEALED WHEN I READ THIS QUOTE YESTERDAY:

“We rob ourselves of immeasurable joy when we compare... You have your life. And your life is not her life. Or his life. And his life is not yours, and neither is her. Is there any way in which you’ve been asking, ‘What about them?’ when the better questions is, ‘What is that to you?’”

—Rob Bell, How to be Here


05. THE PERSON WHO WROTE IT AND THEN READ IT A MILLION TIMES IS GOING TO THINK IT’S LOUSY. (THAT’S YOU.)

WORRY NOT. It’s only natural to feel like “UGH THIS STORY IS DRY AND SOUNDS LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE.” But if you give up on yourself that easily? Just remember the unicorns, my friend. Remember. I WILL NOT HAVE Y’ALL THINKING BAD THINGS ABOUT YOUR WRITING. Okay? Good talk.

When a story is completely new to somebody, they are likely going to be like, “OMG THIS.” I know that when I think up a new story idea, I’m super excited for it. But once I start writing it, reading it, working out the kinks, reading it, editing it, reading it, ALL I WANT TO DO IS MABYE CHANGE MY JOB DESCRIPTION TO “MATTRESS TESTER” OR SOMETHING.

The story gets old. It gets dry. It gets lousy. But is it actually old, dry, and lousy?? NO. In fact, with every new draft, it’s getting better and better! But I can’t see that because I’m the writer. Which is why it’s so important to get feedback! Of course, you need to be confident in your ideas on your own – but getting a valued opinion on your work can reaffirm a lot of doubts in your mind. 


JUST REMEMBER THIS: You are the artist. No one else is. Therefore, no one else can tell you how to do your art. Whether you love your writing or you hate it, you should always ALWAYS feel good about it (because writing is a paradox and that last sentence makes sense if you think about it. For a while.)

What makes you feel GOOD about your writing? (It can totally be chocolate. Because same.) Do you ever share your writing with others? Do you ever compare your writing with someone else’s? (Please stop that.) And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, share a snippet of your current writing project in the comments!
*bounces excitedly and readies waffles*

love,
abbiee

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  1. As someone who LOVES to write, I agree with everything that you say here. I do share my writing but I NEVER compare. That, to me, is unhealthy. I say that because then we lose focus on why we are writing. Are we writing to compare with others?? I would like to think we write because we love it :) you earned yourself a new follower, my friend.

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    1. Hey there! And welcome to my blog! I'm so stoked that you're here and following along (!!) this makes me SUPER HAPPY. :D It's so great to have a mind free of comparing and competition -- I feel like it is such a vise on some writers! YESS ALWAYS write because you love it. That is the ultimate fulfillment when it comes to art. :)

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  2. abbbbbbbiiiiieeeeeee I've missed your words! I love this post so much!! I love when I write something and somehow I write the words exactly how they sounded in my brain and someone reads it and is like "I totally feel the same way" because that just gives me all the warm and fuzzies.

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    1. SOPHIAAAA I'VE MISSED YOUR WORDS TOO LIKE WHUT EVEN IS WRONG WITH ME I NEED TO GO AND READ YOUR BEAUTIFUL BLOG STAT. eeep I'm so happy you liked this post, girl!! ANDYES, I know exactly that feeling you're talking about and IT IS SO GREAT OMG. <3 just yesss. x) Thank you for reading, dude!! :D

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  3. Heh. I laugh at myself ALL THE TIME. I'm an introvert. I enjoy being with myself and only myself maybe a little too much. HEH.

    I do not at all consider myself a writer, as in, someone who write stories, BUT, I do write all sorts of other things, so I guess you might call me a writer of some sort. I LOVE to write letters, and obvs. I blog and write words there, and I dream of writing an eBook and then a paperback book someday. But that would be craft/blog related, NOT a story.

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    1. LAUGHING AT MYSELF IS LIKE THE BEST FEELING EVER! "I enjoy being with myself and only myself maybe a little too much." < omg yes this is so. much. me. too. XD My mom is like, "you're a hermit, honey." IT'S PROBABLY UNHEALTHY?? ugh but why see people when you can just be alone with yourself and your laptop and maybe waffles?? (pros and cons, y'know. xD) ooh I loved reading about your writing aspirations! Those sound like very cool plans. (also I will totally buy your books when you write them!! eeep!! *bounces excitedly*) Thank you for reading, Maggie!

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  4. My sister's a writer too, and I'm fortunate enough to be able to give her my writing and expect an honest answer. She does not sugarcoat things, and if something's wrong, she'll tell me. I've also had good teachers and great friends over the years who've helped me with my writing.

    Honestly, sometimes just sitting down and getting it done is enough to make me feel good about my writing, because at least I know that I can finish what I started. other days, not so much. And you're right, stories do begin to feel stale after the first couple drafts. I've had stories that I thought were complete junk but other people have liked, simply because it was their first time reading them.

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    1. AAAH IT'S SO GREAT TO HAVE A SISTER WRITER (writer sister? hm) WHO READS YOUR STUFF AND GIVES YOU FEEDBACK. <3 literally same same same and it's sooo nice I love it. ^.^ That is so fabulous that you have so much writerly support surrounding you! "I've had stories that I thought were complete junk but other people have liked, simply because it was their first time reading them." < YESSSS YOU SAID IT SO PERFECTLY AND COHERENTLY THANK YOU. That is exactly how I feel sometimes too tho. x) #thestruggleisreal But! We have each other to keep our heads up, right? Thank you so much for reading, Alex!! :D

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  5. I laugh at texts I send people more than the funny texts I get back. True story, bro.

    I LOVED THIS POST! I haven't even attempted to write an actual story since I was probably twelve and I only write short poem-but-not-completely-poem-type stuff in a journal locked away where noBODY CAN REACH OR SEE IT (ya feel me), but this totally helps me in the blogging aspect too!

    asdfghjkl you're great.

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    1. AHAHAHA DUDE THAT IS AWESOME. <3 I love it when people appreciate their own humor it's like, "ROCK ON, YO." ;) OHH YES I FEEL YA. dude, like exactly 2% (idk maybe less) of the stuff I write actually sees the light of day. I DON'T EVEN PRINT SOME THINGS OFF FOR MY OWN READING LEST SOMEONE ELSE FIND IT. (bc let's be honest the humiliation is not worth it ugh) HAHA HERE I AM GIVING WRITING CONFIDENCE ADVICE AND I AM UM THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF CONFIDENT?? working on it. ;) Thank you so much for reading, Aaliyah dear!! you da bombbb. <3

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  6. THAT'S SUCH A GOOD QUOTE.

    Gosh, this post was sooooo good. I'm in the midst of my novel so I definitely needed this. Like, I'm ALWAYS comparing my writing, and I'm ALWAYS thinking that it's dry and lousy. I've also only had one other person read it so far, so I probably should change that. Ugh.

    THANK YOU FOR BEING AMAZING.

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    1. AAAAH RIGHT?? I was quite stoked to find it meep. <3 OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH DEAR. You're such a precious honest soul and I love you to bits. I'm so happy that this post came at the right time for you!! Being in the midst of a novel can be tough -- SENDING CHOCOLATE AND TEA. *hugs* THANK YOU FOR BEING AMAZING OMG. x)

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  7. THIS POST IS EVERYTHING. *hugs it* And I thoroughly agree. With, like, everything you said here, omg. But definitely the chocolate. The chocolate helps me feel better about my writing for sure. *nods*
    AND DEFINITELY FEEDBACK. Last year I was in such a stew about my writing...I just felt like everything sucked. Then I started doing wattpad updates and getting some feedback/interaction with people reading it and fjadklafsd it's REALLY helped keep me enthused. Not to mention getting advice is GOOD. XD I'm pretty confident in how I want to tell my story (after writing 19 books omg)...but like I soooo need help for it to make full sense. It makes SENSE IN MY HEAD. But sometimes not on paper, right?! πŸ˜‚ Anywho.

    I shall hug this post now. Because it's also ridiculously PRETTY. Those photos ahhhh!! Those graphics! AHHHH!!

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    1. EEEESHFLKSJDJA THANK YOUUUU DUDE. *hugs you* xD eeep and I'm so happy you agree bc like let's be honest you are one of my WRITING HEROES. I aspire to be as awesome someday. ♥ (or at least a fraction of your awesome would be good enough for me tbh) AAAH DUDE THAT'S WHAT SPARKED THE WATTPAD STORY THAT IS FABULOUS. (still miss it ps) I know right?? Feedback is so important and just gives me so much confidence. I love to continuously have something floating around on the internet so I have fresh opinions (or even comments that have been there for a while XD) to read all the time and aahhh it's just lovely ok i'm rambling now. XD

      EEEEEEEEE FLAILING I'M SO HAPPY RN THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH AAAH ♥

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  8. i'm a writer. i'm in pain 24/7. and this helps tremendously. WOW OH MY GOODNESS. looking at your writing with different eyes...eyes that love you, and that are already proud of you. it's killer important. *hands stories to cally* XD

    but i was just telling my mama that there is no better feeling than having a story you don't know yet bubbling up inside of your heart. <3 writing is good. amen.

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    1. XD I FEEL YOU SO MUCH MAN. the writer's life is not (not NOT) an easy one. #waa BUT YESSS I completely agree!! Being proud of yourself is SO important. ;) I LOVE THAT "a story you don't know yet bubbling up inside of your heart" like wow okay i'm squealing thANK YOU <3

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  9. OHMYGOSH I TOTALLY AGREE WITH EVERYTHING HERE.

    I just. Yes. I struggle a lot with insecurity and wondering if "any of this is even good or should I just pitch it???" So I can never get enough advice on stuff like this. :P

    Not comparing. UGH. Yes. Not comparing is hard for me to do. I think studying other writer's work can be helpful for learning different styles and how they approach different things in novels, but comparing is NEVER good. It always leads to me just feeling inadequate and blah. This quote: "Writing is an art, and there is no right or wrong way to make art." UGH I LOVE THIS. I need to frame this, like, asap, because I seriously need to hear this all the time. xD

    // katie grace
    a writer’s faith  

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    1. KATIE GRACE HI OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU AMAZING WRITER YOU. *fangirls and weeps* You are legit very very inspiring to me as a writer (and as a person too jeesh) so this comment means SO MUCH TO ME ACK. <3 thank you.

      "I think studying other writer's work can be helpful for learning different styles and how they approach different things..." << YESSS I COMPLETELY AGREE. Like it's just super fascinating to me, seeing how other writers do it. but yes -- comparing is a very deep hole that is annoyingly easy to fall into...ugh. x) AAAH THANK YOU SO MUCH I'M GLAD YOU LIKE THAT YUS YOU NEED TO FRAME IT AND REMIND YOURSELF OF IT ALWAYS AND FOREVER. <3 thank you so much for reading this post, dear!! :D

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  10. GIRL. YOU SPEAK TRUTH. the EDITING and NOT READING TOO MUCH (because if i am not careful THAT IS ALL I DO). a lot of times i will leave a couple of days between writing and first and second edits because then i don't just sit there and stare at my screen like "what is this junk?"
    BUT GIIIIRRRL you are right on with all this. i love it. and thanks for the reminders. :) you're awesome!

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    1. AAAAH THANK YOU SO MUCH, SAMI!! I KNOW EXACTLY WHERE U AT THO. x) I do that too much also. Like I like reading my writing a lot but only when it's good?? XD AND OTHERWISE I JUST GET MAD AT MYSELF UGH. :P I obviously need help but hm let's see if I can take some of my own advice. (heh. heh) OMG SAMI YOU ARE AWESOME. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING AAAAAACK ♥

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  11. As a blogger and thought-writer, I don't feel too shabby. The thoughts come easily and the words flow freely, if a bit scattered. When I'm on a mission, my writing excites me and encourages me more than any reader.

    But my little world of fiction writing hides in the closet of my soul as of late. Because of time constraints I haven't sat down to write fiction in a year. And where I left off doesn't encourage me much. I know that I could be a good writer, but the process stinks sometimes.

    Your post is quite encouraging! Your faith in art motivates me to see things a bit differently. And can I tell you that you are HILARIOUS? Because that's true.

    So many things and feelings pile up, pushing my hands to start typing fiction. Ideas pull me into their dance, and I even drabbled a bit today. (Plus, this drabble counted as an assignment for school.) I will update you on any said fictional activities.

    Speaking of writing and words, I tagged you for the Text Tag in my newest post!

    Grace in Everything: The Power of Words

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    1. GIRL. Reading you talking about your writing is so inspiring ugh <3 BEAUTIFUL. Seriously, that is fantastic that you feel so empowered and happy to write for your blog! SO SO TRUE -- the writing process really can stink at times. xD very real struggles go down at the writers desk. (ahem.) "Your faith in art motivates me to see things a bit differently." << OMW THIS MAKES MY HEART SWELL WITH HAPPINESS THANK YOU. (also that you think I'm hilarious omg afldkjsadkasd THANK YOU AGAIN AAAAH <3 THAT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME EEP.) *bounces excitedly* Dude, your way with words is uncanny and beautiful and leaves me always wanting MOARRR. (which means you should definitely write a book of some kind someday.)

      EEEP THANK YOU FOR TAGGING ME!! That was super kind of you! I can't wait to check out the post/tag!! :D *hugs and waffles*

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  12. OH ABBIE.
    thanks for this post. A TON. man, honestly, this literally inspired me to go write. I KID YOU NOT. i love what you said about everybody's writing being their own and EVERYTHING. YES YES YES. also, give me a minute while i FREAK OUT over your STUNNING pictures. OH MY WORD. literally those could be like those pictures that you can buy or whatever, idk what they're called, stock footage or something? I DON'T KNOW.

    BUT YEAH.... this is a really good and encouraging post, which you already knew :) just recently i've become part of an official writer's critique group, which is SUPER HELPFUL. i met the leader of it at a writing conference, SO LIKE YEAH. that alone should make feel accomplished for ten minutes. it was freaky at first, but i think it's a good experience. ANYWAY yeah i'll stop droning and go write a book or something. (aka go surf pinterest then go pursue a new career)

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    1. shoot, it's doing that again! UM YEAH it is i.

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    2. OH MY WORDS I INSPIRED YOU TO GO WRITE?? AAAAH THAT IS AWESOME THANK YOU SO MUCH. <3 I am legit so happy right now. YES IT'S SO TRUE THOUGH!! WRITING IS ART. (trampled art, yes -- but that's another blog post for another time haha) omg *blushes a lot* that's probably because they are stock images. *blushes some more* XD SOMETIMES I JUST HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO FOR IMAGES and I have this slight(? okay total head-over-heels love) for stock photos because THEY CAN BE SO PRETTY. so yes. I'm kind of a cheater. XD BUT THANK YOU DEAR. <3 It makes me so happy to think that you think my blog is pretty eeep.

      OOOH that's so exciting that you've joined a writing critique group!! Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and trying new things is totally where it's all at. *nods a lot* Good for you, girl!! *high fives* "i'll stop droning and go write a book or something. (aka go surf pinterest then go pursue a new career)" <<< THIS. THIS IS LITERALLY ME CAN I ACTUALLY TWEET THIS?? BC I WANT TO. xD *wipes tears*

      p.s. omg yes blogger is a meanie. XD hi Autumn *gives you waffles*

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    1. Thank you so much, Nabila!! :D

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  14. Hi! I just wanted to thank you for these wonderful writing tips. You have no idea how much they've helped and inspired me. I haven't been writing for the past several months because I thought I hated my writing style. But after reading your tips, I realized that why I hate my style is because I have been comparing my work with other people's! And I've heard that a hundred times! But for some reason your way of explaining it really clicked with me and gave me a reason WHY not to compare my writing with other people's. So, yeah, I just wanted to thank you and let you know I really enjoyed this post. I do believe this was the first post that made me actually laugh out loud. Oh and btw, I'm Eva Ashby's sister. Thanks again! =)

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    1. HELLO THERE EMMA GRACE!! OMG YOU ARE AMAZING AND LITERALLY MAKING ME TEAR UP HERE HANG ON. *regains breath* Like...I probably cannot even coherently describe how beautifully inspiring and my heart is bursting with happiness and this is literally the kind of responses that i live and write this stuff for and omg see?? I'M NOT BEING COHERENT ALREADY. but oh my words I think you probably get me. THANK YOU SO MUCH. <3

      Comparing writing is a BEAST. And the sad thing is, I see so many professional writers giving that no-no out as advice! Like we should be adapting our original styles to be more like previously "successful" authors or else we won't be successful or something?? ANYWAY IT'S TOTAL RUBBISH. We are all such artists and it's important (important IMPORTANT) to keep art intact and original. <3

      AND YOU'RE ALSO EVA'S SISTER?? THIS IS AWESOME. I LOVE MEETING BLOGGER SIBLINGS ONLINE EEEEP. <3 OMG THANK YOU, GIRL. I WILL PROBABLY BE TALKING IN ALL CAPS (YEP A THING) TO EVERYONE FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT/WEEK/YEAR?? YES. THANK YOU. ♥ *hugs you and gives copious amounts of waffles*

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  15. UNLEASH THE UNICORNS, because I have definitely thought "everything is rubbish," when looking at a writing project. But this post (specifically 04. and 05.) are blOWING MY MIND RIGHT NOW. I have freedom in my souuuuul again! Really. And I feel like this is advice that transcends writing. Like, why would you compare your body to anyone else's? or your clothes? or your computer or your hair or your dog or hamster or whaaaatevenever why would you do that? BUT I DO. Anyways, apparently that's rubbish. ;) So no more.

    (I just looked up at 04. and realized that the quote doesn't actually relate to writing, so clearly the concept transcends. I WAS RIGHT. woof.)

    anyways, I love you bye.

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    1. GAH DUDE NOOOO. You're a fantastic writer!! I'm so so happy this spoke to you omg -- I struggle so much with 4 and 5 too ack ack. EEEP FREEDOM IN YOUR SOUL I'M SO HAPPY I CAN'T EVEN RN. "And I feel like this is advice that transcends writing." << OMG YUS. This is a whole other angle I didn't even explore! You are so right!! What a sad place we live in when we compare. I know I fall into that hole quite often and it's hard to dig myself back out again. ugh. "Anyways, apparently that's rubbish. ;) So no more." <<< ahaha I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. <3 thank you for everything ack ^.^

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  16. This is literally just what I needed right now. If ever you'd be willing to read my writing, I would love to have your feedback. <3

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    1. OMGOMG FIRST FLAILING BECAUSE YOU'RE ONE OF MY FAVORITE WRITERS AND YOU COMMENTED ON MY BLOG AAAH <3 THANK YOUU!!

      FLAILING SECOND TOO BECAUSE OF COURSE I WOULD LOVE TO READ SOME OF YOUR WRITING OMG EEEEP. *bounces around* I'm so happy this post helped you, Jordan!! :D

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  17. ABIEEE!!! *tackles you in a hug* I have seriously missed reading all of your fabulous and beautiful posts this past semester. You are a fabulous person because you focus on the good and encouraging side while being realistic at the same time. We need more encouragers like you. (-: Okay, so the thing I love most about my writing is... *cricket sounds* it helps me understand my own feelings and my life. Also, SAME! Chocolate is the glue that holds me together in all things including my writing... And I agree with you, it's terrible to compare your own writing to someone else's. I do do it all the time, but the funny thing is, it always bugs me when people start comparing authors who are completely different and unique and amazing in their own ways. Okay, done rambling, but before I go, I am going to be gutsy and share a snippit of my current rough draft.

    Once more, the vision of her father being carried towards the house covered by a white sheet came before her. Her knees felt unstable. Breath. She told herself. Don't think about it. Don't remember. Don't feel. And there she, standing over her Aunt and the stranger. His bushy black beard was caked with dirt and blood and his scratched face was lined with wrinkles of hardship. He lay shivering on the ground, his hands wrapped around his abdomen.

    (That 'Don't feel' bit has got me thinking of Frozen now... XP)
    xoxo,
    Lizzy

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    1. ELIZABETH!!! *tackles you back* OMGOMG SO I'M CRYING RIGHT NOW: "you focus on the good and encouraging side while being realistic at the same time." << LITERALLY THIS IS THE BEST COMPLIMENT ANYONE COULD GIVE TO MY BLOG OMG. :') Seriously, that makes me so insanely happy eeep *flails a lot* THANK YOU SO MUCH. <3 aaaah I know right?? Chocolate is such emotional glue. <3 IT'S HEAVENLY OKAY. xD uGH, SO TRUE. I think a lot of us compare because we're taught that "people who have more experience with a thing will be better at it" but that's simply not true in all cases!

      EEEEP YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE FEELING ADVENTUROUS ENOUGH TO SHARE A SNIPPET OF YOUR WRITING. *bounces excitedly* AND FDHJKFAJSLSKDA I'M SO SO INTRIGUED RN. MOAAAR PLEASE. <3 Seriously, that is so artfully and smoothly written gahhh. You are a talent, okay? okay. ;) also HAHA SHE IS ELSA. *wipes tears* THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE LONG AND LOVELY COMMENT, DEAR. <3 *squeak!*

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    2. OMG, you are so right! I just realized that my character is Elsa... XD
      Also, I saw this amazing TED talk that reminded me of your post. I don't know if you're into TED talks, but if you are, this one made me rethink some of my ideas about writing. https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius?language=en

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    3. OOOH thank you so much for the TED suggestion!! I happen to love TED talks. ;) Can't wait to check that out!! <3

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  18. I CRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
    YOU BEAUTIFUL HUMAN YOU JUST KILL ME GAHLSDJFLDSK.
    this was the best post in the history of ever (except for your other ones lol)
    DUDE I HAVEN'T WRITTEN IN A LONG TIME whadda loser. but lemme see what I can find BC YOU TOTALLY INSPIRED ME TO SHARE. this from like eighty years ago but i just found the document again and ik it doesn't make any sense but here u go. (:

    "Talk to you later?" Haven said, walking backwards to halfway keep up.
    "Talk to you later."
    "Tomorrow?"
    "Tomorrow," he replied, standing still as she turned around, following the small band with his eyes, his feet remaining planted on the cold stone.
    It was a long time before he moved again, turning around and walking home, the long way home, alone.

    ^^^^^ uGH BABIES SO EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED TO THEM ALREADY GAH
    the guys name is asa and it means physician and I HAVE SO MUCH IN STORE FOR HIM AS A CHARACTER IF I CAN JUST GET AROUND TO WRITING IT slkf. ok now bye. ♥

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    1. OMG NOOOOOOO I CRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY <3 <3 <3 LITERALLY HOW ON EARTH ARE YOU HUMAN AND SO PERFECT AND ALWAYS BRING TEARS TO MY SMALL BLUE EYEBALLS WHEN I READ YOUR COMMENTS?!! HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!?! *HUGS YOU A LOT* OMG I JUST LITERALLY FLAILED WHEN I SAW THAT YOU SHARED A SNIPPET OF YOUR BOOK!?!1?11 AAAHHHEEEEEE<3

      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLL THAT EXCHANGE. <3 OMGOMGOMG I LOVE THEM I SHIP THEM CAN YOU PLEASE WRITE THIS BOOK SO IT CAN BE MADE INTO A MOVIE SO I CAN WEEP OVER IT AGAIN AND AGAIN :') AND DOUBLE WEEP OVER THE BOOK OMG. I AM SO IN LOVE WITH ASAAAA. *hugs him and cries* *also hugs you and cries* *again yeS*

      THANK YOU DEAR ♥

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  19. WHY ARE YOU SO PERFECT?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Gosh, this had me giggling and smiling all over the place. DUDE I GOT STARTED WRITING FANFIC, TOO! My first fanfic was for the Warrior cats series ROFL XD But I really started to love writing because of the HER boards. Which reminds me, I need to go delete every alternate ending I ever wrote and burn the computer. Cause, I know I'm not supposed to talk bad about my writing, but I seriously cannot let those see the light of day ever again. Though, writing those stories are why I even started a novel in the first place.

    I'M SUCH A SUCKER BUT I WANNA SHARE. IT'S KIND OF MORE THAN A PARAGRAPH BUT I LOVE MY VILLAIN SO FREAKING MUCH OKAY

    “You know, until two months ago, Collins Investigations never picked up anything more than recovering stolen property and cheating spouses. A kidnapping here and there. Directly after your mother's untimely end, their paper trail starts really picking up. Suddenly, they're reopening old murder cases and asking questions. And after the stunt you pulled-” I flinch at the bitterness in his voice. “-Marcus Collins and his merry band of detectives come after me, too. I've sat many a night this summer trying to figure out why. Nothing special about you; should've gone unnoticed like most people. Born into anonymity and in anonymity you would have died. The kind of girl no one would go looking for. Why would a random man go to such lengths to help you, to keep you safe?”
    A chill runs down my spine. I know where he is going with this. I want to close my eyes against it, but I force myself to keep staring straight ahead. He leans down, his body heat warming my cheek. His lips brush the edge of my ear as he whispers,”It makes me think...perhaps dear old dad isn't as dead as once believed?”

    ^^^ anYWAY THIS BRINGS ME BACK TO YOUR AWESOME BLOG POST. THERE ISN'T MUCH ELSE FOR ME TO SAY BECAUSE IT IS JUST PLAIN AWESOME. YOU ARE GOALS.

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    1. IS WHY NOT ARE WHY UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WHY DIDN'T GRAMMERLY CATCH THAT

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    2. k idk you but THIS IS SO GOOD I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK ALSKFJ. <3

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    3. omg your comment just killed me due tO THE EXCESSIVE SMILING THAT IT CAUSED. EEEPP THANK YOU HOPEFULLY ONE DAY I WILL ACTUALLY FINISH IT :D <3

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    4. OMG NO HAHAHAHA YOU ARE PERFECT MY DEAR. :'''') "Which reminds me, I need to go delete every alternate ending I ever wrote and burn the computer." <<< ASKFDSDFGHSAJADJH AHAHAHAA DUDE NO. <3 I AM SENTIMENTALLY ATTACHED TO THESE AES EVEN THOUGH I'VE NEVER READ THEM XD omg but yes!! they were total motivation to write more, right?!?! I know that AEs totally nudged me in the direction of writing so...THANKS HER INTERACTIVE AHAHAHA. xD

      GAHHHHHSJKJHGFDH ASHLLYN THAT SNIPEPT I CAN'T EVEN TALK OR TYPE OF ANYTHIGN RIGHT NOW AAAAHHHH <3 <3 <3 I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I WANT TO READ MORE OF IT. PLS WRITE MOARRRR OKI :''') You have such a natural talent for writing it's glorious. ♥ GAH.

      ALSO ALSO I THINK YOU AND OLIVIA K WOULD BE GREAT FRIENDS *NODS* xD *hugs you both* *and gives you waffles*

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  20. Oh my goodness - number four, though! THAT IS ME...

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    1. EEEEEP so happy you can relate to this!! :D

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  21. Wow!! This post was so amazing. I wrote a Christian fiction YA novel nearly two years ago and ever since then I've been editing with a chainsaw and lots of glitter glue. EVERY TIME I READ IT I go through what you mentioned . . . the "Wow. This is SO DRY." And the whole part about the humor? Me to a tee! I just write little things in there and then I'll later my mom or my writing teacher will tell me HOW MUCH THEY LAUGHED. And isn't that a powerful gift? Being able to bring laughter from people?? WOW.
    Okay, so this is kinda foolish but . . . I'm always afraid to share my writing because I don't want people to steal it. :O Is that an invalid fear? How much do you share at a time?
    Lastly . . . would you be interested in guest posting for my blog? :) I love the way you write! I'm sure you're busy with summer plans so we could schedule it tentatively if you're up for it.
    Amanda
    skgfun.com
    An e-magazine and blog, written by girls, for girls.

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    1. OMG HOW DID I NEVER SEE THIS COMMENT?? I am neglectful turnip, obviously. xD Sorry about that, Amanda!! BUT YESSS I WOULD LOVE TO GUEST POST ON YOUR BLOG! I'll totally shoot you an email about that very shortly. ;)

      ASJKJHGFDSD I'M SO HAPPY YOU COULD RELATE TO THIS POST! EEEEP <3 Being able to make others laugh really is an amazing gift, you're right!! It brings me so much joy. :) NO I TOTALLY GET YOU ABOUT SHARING THINGS. I've had a lot of friends get their work/ideas copied and stolen, and I would definitely recommend you go about sharing your work very cautiously. ;) Most of the stuff I've posted online are fanfic and short stories that I can't really publish/atm. So while someone could copy my style, I'm pretty sure those kinds of things are safe. Also beta readers are awesome! If you have loyal internet friends you know really well, I'm sure they would be happy to beta read for you! (although this also comes with inevitable bias...hahhaHAHA I DON'T REALLY HAVE A GOOD ANSWER SORRY xD)

      thank you so much for reading, Amanda!! ♥

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kind words are like raindrops on the desert. they make me bloom with happiness, as absolutely cliche and cheesy as that sounds. even if it's just a simple alt+3 i will heart you for it. so, go ahead! MAKE MY DAY. literally.