Make no mistake about it, if you are drawn to writing, it is because you were called to it.
I always say,
It’s important for you to recognize what a beautiful gift you have as a writer.
It doesn’t matter if you are writing to get your ideas out into the world, if you are college graduate that is just breaking into the scene, or if you have a desire in your heart to share your experiences with the world through your writing – either way, you are on a very important path.
I recently became aware of a project TheLadders is running where they are reaching out to writers and asking them what advice they would give for new graduates attempting to break into the field. TheLadders is a career resource for professionals across all vocations and at at any stage of their careers.
With that said, I compiled a list of some things for you to remember as an aspiring writer.
These are things that I hope you can take along with you on your journey to becoming a writer.
It doesn’t matter what your background is or why you chose to write, all that matters is that you made a choice. Writing is a way of life, expression, and passion, and my wish for you is that you receive as many opportunities as you can – to fulfill your calling and express your unique point of view.
I choose to write because there is a space inside of me that I feel has something to say. There is a place of peace, compassion, and wisdom inside that is just begging to be heard.
I have also learned alot of life lessons that I love to intertwine into my books, passages, and articles that I write. I realize that my words are seeds, and I have the power to encourage, inspire, and uplift people or discourage, frighten, and dampen their spirit.
I choose to write to inspire people to never give up on their dreams, to fall in love with their creative ability, and to live the life they truly desire.
With that said, here is a list of important things to remember as you progress along your journey. I hope you find value in the ideas that I present to you here, and that you are able to take them along with you as you morph into the writer that you really want to be.
10 Things For Aspiring Writers To Remember
Thing To Remember #1: Develop Your Own Voice
This is so important. It is not beneficial to follow the route that everyone else believes you should go. Develop your own flow with writing, stay true to yourself, write about things that you really care about, and not just to get attention, or likes, or comments.
The attention will come, just have patience and develop your own unique voice.
Thing To Remember #2: Write About What You Are Passionate About
- Passion is the key when writing. Your passion is what is going to fuel you. The more you write about what you love, the more it will translate to your audience. They can feel the time and dedication that you put into your work. So participate in projects and write about things you are passionate about.
Thing To Remember #3: Believe In Yourself
So you’ve done the groundwork that you needed to. You got your degree, you took the class, you practiced your writing, or you sharpened your skills, but does that matter if you don’t believe in your ability? Some people do all the “right work”, but when it comes to really expressing themselves they freeze, and it’s because they don’t believe in their own ability.
They don’t believe their perspective, their experiences, and their unique voice has value. You have to believe that if writing called you – you have something very important to share with the world.
Thing To Remember #4: Have A Vision For Your Writing & Support It 100%
So why is it that you want to write? Do you want to make a living writing? Do you want to be famous? Do you want to come up with a new big idea to share with the world? Do you want to write for movies or plays? What is it? What is your vision for your writing? Do you want to just get new opportunities and see where it takes you? No matter what your vision is, just be sure to support it and believe in it 100%.
By support, I mean don’t doubt that you can rendezvous with circumstances that will take you in the direction of your dreams. So stay positive, be patience, and move forward with confidence.
Thing To Remember #5: Honor Your Inspiration
This is very important. There is nothing like feeling the spark of inspiration, and it’s important that you recognize when your muse is speaking to you. Make sure you write down your ideas. Just because you aren’t using them in that moment, doesn’t mean that you will not use them later on.
Also, when things are written out, you may be able to see some new connections, and be inspired even more to something new.
Never discard your ideas – write them down and honor your inspiration.
Thing To Remember #6: Recognize Your Value
As a writer you are a healer, a therapist, an inspirationalist
(is that even a word), a life coach, a designer, a magician, and so much more. Through your writing and sharing, you are holding people’s attention. Your thoughts, stories, and ideas can help inspire another. It can help heal another. It can help them move on from an abusive relationship, or help them recognize the good where they thought there was none. You are the holder of a very important gift – recognize and value that.
Thing To Remember #7: Be Open To New Opportunities
When you are writing about things you love and living your passion, you will have people come out of nowhere and ask you to be a guest on their blog, participate in new projects, or they may just want to interview you. Remember to be open to those new possibilities. Sometimes blessings come in the craziest ways. So it’s so important that you are open to new opportunities.
You want to make sure however, that you are saying yes to the things you like to participate in. Don’t write about anything that your gut or your heart feels is not befitting to your character, but do stay open to the fact that opportunities may present themselves in many different ways.
Thing To Remember #8: Surround Yourself With People That Inspire You
- There is nothing better than seeing people do exactly what you want to do in your life. Surround yourself with those people. Everytime you meet someone new that is living their dreams – appreciate it. Everytime you come across a blog or a page of someone who has made their living as a writer – appreciate it. You know why? Because you are getting a glimpse of exactly what you are capable of. It’s important to find your Yes. Your Yes, is a person that exemplifies the life you would like to live. Find your YESes, and surround yourself with them.
*Read the Who’s Your Yes article*
Thing To Remember #9: Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
You are your own worst critic. It’s true. Understand that writing is a process. You are absorbing, learning, and growing everyday. You don’t have to be perfect.
Recognize your growth, reward your accomplishments, and don’t be so hard on yourself when ideas and opportunities don’t come right away. Give yourself time to find your style and take your time when searching for projects to participate in.
You have the ability to create and it will come to you. Just be patient with yourself and don’t take it so hard if you don’t meet certain goals. Life will always throw you another opportunity – recognize that.
Thing To Remember #10: Explore & Journal
Be sure to journal about your experiences as a writer. You can look back and see your progression. It’s fun when you notice that you have developed tremendously.
Expand your view of the world. Go to museums, explore your interests, dig into your dreams. The more data and experience you collect, the richer and more refined your writing will be.
There is so much waiting to burst forth from you. There are so many opportunities for you to rendezvous with, and so many new ideas just waiting for you to translate them.
Open your mind and your heart, explore the things you love, write about your experiences, and you will open a space within you that rains inspiration.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope these tips/advice can help you as you grow to master your craft.
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We are sexual creatures by nature.
By sexual, I don’t mean that we go around sleeping with a bunch of people. When I say sexual, I mean creative, indulgent, sensual creatures. I am not just referring to the act of physical sex.
I find my self struggling sometimes with being sexual by nature, and then in my work being “spiritual”.
I think sometimes we equate spirituality with sacrifice, giving, nurturing others, and being submissive.
We rarely equate spirituality with the flow of receiving, indulging, and accepting.
The problem that it creates, is one where you find yourself giving, giving, and giving, and then when it comes time to receive the other side of the flow – you find yourself blocked. Sexual energy in totality is not just about giving and creating, it is also about receiving and enjoying.
I am sensual, I am deep, I love intimacy, but something about that approach to say “my work” feels wrong to me (too personal, too open, and too much sharing).
There is a part of myself that is afraid to share in my work because I might appear to be “too open” or “too out there” in my thoughts or my methods of sharing.
In other words, I feel like I can’t be the full “me”.
I find myself denying a very intimate part of my nature because I am in the spiritual field.
With the intuitive work that I do, I believe that I am required to have a level of openness that can really penetrate to the core of people, but what do you do when you feel like you have to cover that very sensual and private part of yourself because you are in the “spiritual business”.
I guess I am just trying to sort some thoughts out here.
I think to some, my energy comes across as awkward or mysterious. It might come across that way because I really do want those soul-shaking conversations, deep thoughts, and intimacy in my work, but there is a part of me that also holds back because I feel that level of intimacy should not be touched in “spiritual work”.
Does anyone relate to what I am speaking about?
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Manifestation can be a lot of fun, but it can also piss you off if you take it too seriously.
For those of you that don’t know what manifestation is, it’s the process of attracting what you desire into your life. The process basically is supposed to work like this:
You have a thought, desire, or concept in mind.
That thought or concept creates an energy stream.
That energy stream begins to flow in your direction if it’s not interrupted.
After awhile, you start to see the evidence of that thought, concept, or desire show up in your life as a physical thing or as a new experience.
It really is supposed to be that simple, but we contradict it with our negative thoughts, our negative attitude, or our controlling nature. Sometimes we try to will things into being, instead of just allowing it to make its way to us.
That’s when manifestation gets annoying.
You don’t see the evidence of the things you desire, so you start to get discouraged about your ability to create.
Here is a fun way to see your connection to manifestation. It’s a simple game, and I would love to hear about your results.
Take out a piece of paper and a pencil.
Write down 3 random things that you would like to see throughout your day.
Don’t think too much about it.
Just write down 3 things that seem to spark excitement in you.
Fold up the piece of paper and put it in your wallet or purse.
Let go of your attachment to how those things will show themselves to you. Just go about your day and be easy about the process.
Throughout that day you will see the manifestation magic. You will see at least one if not all of the things on your list. It’s so fun when it makes its way into your conscious awareness because it hits you as a big AHA. You may even laugh to yourself when you realize that what you wrote down actually found you, and showed itself to you.
Be easy about it. Don’t try some big thing just yet. Remember the purpose of this experiment is to get your creative muscles working. If you try too hard, you will be disappointed because your belief won’t match your desire. So make it something small and silly.
For example if you wrote down, I want to see a hot air balloon, my favorite dog, or a pink car, those are things that are a little odd, but that you don’t have that much resistance towards. Remember to have fun and write down the first 3 things that spark excitement and fun within you.
My sister tried this experiment.
One of the 3 things that she wrote down was that she would like to see her favorite color (purple). She was a little bit skeptical, and thought to herself, but I see it all the time and I don’t know how I would see it in a way that would be special.
She decided to stick with it though. She wrote it down, and then she went on about her day. The next morning she was getting ready for work, and she was in her shower just thinking about the previous day.
She thought about the list that I showed her and then all of asudden she looked around her shower and every single item in the shower and around her was purple. Her sponge, the body wash, the shaving cream, the soap, everything!
She called me right away cracking up. She always had all that stuff in there, but she had never seen it in the way that she did that morning. She almost fell out because she realized that it worked.
I was so excited that she could see her connection to the playful energy.
So try it, and let me know how your experiment turns out.
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You may feel like,
I’ve tried and tried, but nothing’s working.
To me, there is nothing worse than feeling disconnected, like I don’t belong, or like my power has somehow ran out.
I am sure many of you have felt the same way at one point and time, or you may be feeling that way right now.
When I start to feel disconnected and like I can’t manifest what I desire or need, I start to look up stories about manifestation.
Let me tell you – it works wonders.
You see, you aren’t broken when you can’t manifest. Sometimes, your energy is just stuck in a space that it feels difficult to get out of. The key to manifesting however, is to ease up on the disempowered or disappointed feelings that you have inside, and move back in the direction of belief.
If you have been having difficulty manifesting – look up stories about people who have manifested things in their life. Be careful, it may cause miracles!
Here’s A Little Help – YouTube Stories Of Manifestation.
You also need to realize that you are not broken.
What if the only thing standing in between you and manifesting what you desire is the feelings of disappointment that you have inside about not receiving it? If we go even a little deeper – you feeling like you can’t manifest may be standing in the way as well. What if the solution to rekindling your manifestation flame was to build up the belief in yourself again?
It’s simple to do.
All you have to do is move out of the feelings of fear and disappointment, and back in the direction of the feelings of belief and optimism. Look up some manifestation stories, and let me know if hearing those stories shift anything inside of you.
If you have a short manifestation story, please don’t hesitate to share your story with us in the comments section. I will go ahead and add a short manifestation story of my own in the comments section as well. It doesn’t matter if the manifestation was big or small, it only matters that we share our experiences so that others may get inspired.
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What A Great Concept
Think about that for a moment.
A big, rich, bustling – inner city.
A place of infinite potential that resides within each individual.
The snippet below about your “inner city” is from the new book I am writing – Soul Guidance – Finding Your Way Home.
Your inner world is a big rich city filled with infinite wisdom and potential. Wisdom is nothing more than inner knowing. The soul knows who you are because of all that you have experienced.
Imagine if you moved and flowed based off of that knowing. Based off of the knowing that your every impulse means something. That your heartbeat has something to say. That your wisdom is not just based off of whim or fantasy, but off of a complex system of understanding.
Your inner world has all that you need. It lacks nothing. If you could realize that simple truth, you would harmonize with your inner world and things would run much smoother.
There is no need to struggle for anything – for everything created and emerged from this deep rich space.
Your deepest longings, your most treasured experiences, and all that you consider value in your life, has rose from this inner city.
Take a few moments a day to ponder this space and to appreciate it. Even though you can’t physically see the “inner city”, you have felt it before. Any moment of inspiration is a glimpse of the inner city. Any moment of enthusiasm is a glimpse of the inner city. Any moment that you are in love with something is a glimpse of the inner city.
What does your inner city feel like and inspire from you?
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As writers, we are constantly creating characters and giving meaning to their lives.
Do you ever wonder who wrote you?
I mean think about it. If there was a writer who sat down and envisioned your life and your story who would it be?
Why did that writer give you some of the crazy characteristics you display in your day to day life? Why do some things hit close to home while other things barely grasp your attention?
Who created you – as you are?
Did someone dream you up – like we do to the characters in our novels?
I ask these questions because they are interesting (to me at least) to ponder. I mean come on; artists are wonderers at heart. It’s our curiosity towards the world around us that helps us create.
Why do somethings matter to us more than others?
Isn’t it fascinating how many factors make up a person. Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of the NY Times Bestseller “Eat Pray Love“) brilliantly summed up all of the influences that constitute a human being. When trying to get to the root cause of her depression she asked herself was it psychological, temporal, genetic, cultural, astrological, artistic, evolutionary, karmic, hormonal, dietary, philosophical, seasonal, environmental,
I mean shoot me now.
I don’t want to dig that deep into it, but I would like to know why somethings deeply sadden me while others bring me unimaginable joy. Why I love the smell of vanilla and abhor the smell of lavender. Why I’m drawn to iron gates, attracted to some with lazy eyes, and love alien like characters like “Echo” from the movie “Earth To Echo“.
Why I like my turkey sandwiches – slice of bread, 3 pieces of turkey, white american cheese, pepper, Hellman’s mayo, and other slice of bread. In That Order! Oh and I can’t forget the drink – a coca cola (in a can please). The bottled version of coke tastes different.
Don’t argue with me about that. It just does.
Why I love a new book – not to read it – but sometimes just to flip through the pages. I love the feel of the pages and running my hands over the cover image.
Why the sight of any lily warms my heart or why seeing a blue jay makes me jump for joy.
Why seeing a homeless guy crushes me, seeing a woman being beaten dampens my spirit, or seeing someone harm an animal sends me into a rage.
All of those things describe me (one individual – a spec in the grand scheme of things). A very small piece – it seems, in the story we call life. But yet, a relevant piece – because I do exist.
I believe our experiences, perspectives, preferences, and nuisances shape who we are as writers. Those things about us give us our passion and our drive. They are the reasons that some us shy back from releasing horror into the world and others like Stephen King thrive on it. I think that pondering who we are can further shape the way we write and the stories we create.
There are some things about yourself that you may want to throw away and other pieces that make you a compassionate human being. Sometimes we can’t make sense of our pieces when they are spread out or when we think of them as separate things, but when we actually look a little closer we may see a theme running through each of our strange yet fascinating preferences.
Take a look at the black and white gallery below of the things that I’m drawn to and that catch my eye. Perhaps creativity will spark somewhere for you, perhaps you will enjoy my unique preferences, perhaps it will remind you of a time in your life, or perhaps it will help you see how we are all connected. I do believe we are all here for a reason – bizarre traits and all!
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