Anxiety as Writers

Yesterday, I was on Facebook and on my wall came up a post from one of the many writing groups that I am a member of and someone posted up that when she writes it goes well then all of a sudden she gets anxiety and has to take an anti-depressant. She wanted advice on how to deal with anxiety, and I stated that maybe that she need to just let the writing flow naturally and not think about it.

Granted, I have never run across this problem before, but at the same time I have really started thinking about how anxiety could be a problem for writers. I have thought have a couple of different situations such as that need for perfection, the doubt that our writing is not good enough, or that we are not worthy to write, let alone create stories. Any of these could be the reason for facing anxiety. But is there also the worry that every thing has to be perfect?

Yes, there is that need to be perfect. If you really think about it as children we are ingrained with the need to get perfect grades in school, that our work has to be perfect or that we will be judge. Therefore, as artists we seek to have perfection. But art is not perfect, which leads us to the age-old question of what makes art? Is art something that we make? Is art something that others call art? Or is it art because it is art? Each one of these questions will have a yes and no answer. But then that leads us down other paths of as to why is it this way.

Furthermore, when we really think about the struggle with writing, we are always told that authors, and artists a like suffer, that they are depressed and that become drug addicts or alcoholics. However, I would disagree in that not every artist suffers or becomes a drug addict, for there are some that really don’t find the struggle or that they become depressed. But all writers, depressed or not, seek perfection, and we seek approval in what we do with our craft. But when you really start to think about it thinking about getting that much-needed approval down the road could lead to anxiety.

Yes, it is nice to think about the future, but at the same time if your craft is giving you anxiety maybe it is time to think about why that is. It might be hard, but at the same time that anxiety will affect writing and the ability to create, which is what we do not want. We want to create without having the world impacting our craft. I will state that I did deal for years anxiety over tests, and part of that was that I was a bad test taker. I had anxiety some days before I went to work, for there were days that I did not want to go to work. But once I was there, I did not let the anxiety affect my work, for other things did that, but I did the best that I could.

Dealing with anxiety sucks, and anyone that has felt anxiety knows what I am saying is true. There are other things that we can have anxiety over but writing or creating art should not be one of them. However, if you are having anxiety over your craft then it’s time to face the mirror and ask yourself why are you having anxiety over your craft, and what do you need to help you cope with the anxiety. Hint: Chocolate can be very helpful or some treat that makes everything melt away.

I hope that you have a great writing day without anxiety!

 

How to get the Confidence Back

I promise, that this will not be another step by step, like other how to topics, this more of a helpful or simple suggestions that make getting that confidence back into your writing. Often times after writer’s block goes away and we get the initial urge to write, we struggle with our confidence. We also struggle with our confidence before we publish or put anything out into the world, at which point we are facing that annoying self-doubt. But never fear we all go through it, and it does not mean that we are weak but that we are human. To be a writer is to be human, which means we make mistakes; however, we also learn from our mistakes.

Also when you publish sometimes here is the greatest thing, there are different versions that you can put out there, which means that you make corrections and you can add to it to your heart’s content. But adding to our writing is one way that we get our confidence. Eventhough, there is the old addage that you should never look at what you wrote, especially your bad writing, but say throw that out the window. Why? Simple, we are writers we can correct things, we can use our words, and above all we can build our confidence by making our writing better. It’s called improving our craft.

When you really think about it, the best way to improve and get that confidence is to create or correct what you already created. It’s called tinkering.

The best advice on getting that writer’s confidence back in check is to work on your craft. I know a couple of days ago, when I was talking about writer’s block, I said don’t write, but once you feel that urge to write once it’s gone then write. Get that feeling back of what makes you feel good and happy about your writing. I took me a while to get that way. Yes, life can get in the way of our writing and it can have an impact on our writing too. Sometimes the impact can be good and other times it can be really, really bad. Yes, we don’t want the bad to surface; however, sometimes seeing the bad can be really helpful too.

There is no wrong or right in your writing, other than grammer and spelling, but if something works and you enjoy creating when it works then keep on doing what makes you happy. The best support that I can give on getting back and pumping up that confidence is to write what works for you and to ask for help. Granted, sometimes the help may not be what we need to hear but other times we need to seek out that guidence from others that have been were we are now in our stage of finding that writing life, or we can find others that are where we want to be in the future. But here is also the really good part about this too, and that is that we can help others in the future with what we know and helping them get to where we are or where they want to be.

The biggest thing is that we should not give up on our dreams of being writers. We should not give up on getting that confidence back in our writing. Above all we can succeed based on what we put into it. It’s like an saying that my mom and I have when it comes to people getting into the alpacas, what you put into them based on how much you work will them will be your pay off in the end. Furthermore, you can’t take an alpaca into show that you have never worked with before, and expect them to work for you. It does not happen. I have seen this way too many times at different alpaca shows.

The same can be said for our writing. What we put into our writing will pay off in the end. We have to work on our writing and nuture it and guide it along. But furthermore, the greatest confidence booster in the world is when we are able to help others. Not talk down to them, but help and guide and show them the way to where they want to be.

I really hope that you have found this helpful! I hope that you have a great writing day!

Let’s talk about Prompts

We all have faced writing prompts at some point in our writing careers/lives, and let me start by saying that they can be a useful tool and sometimes its a great way to get things started when you are stuck on what to write. I’ve used prompts sometimes but for the most part I go off of ideas that have come to my head, which we can also think of as prompts as well. The greatest prompt that I heard yesterday was writing about an old man who is actually God.

This got me to think of all the different possibilities about the story would go to where the man would have to reveal that is not just a mortal man but is actually God. This could go so many different ways, but the question is not just how would I tell the story but how would you tell the story?

That is the great thing about prompts in that we know, or should know, that every writer is different and therefore they can take a prompt in so many different ways. Prompts are tools that can be not only useful but can also be effective. Prompts start out as a simple idea or phrase and if the writer really thinks about it they can make that idea grow. Also if they are really dedicated to that prompt or idea they can stick with it and turn it into a short story, a novella, or even a novel from that simple prompt.

The purpose behind prompts to is engage your mind, but to also make you write without thinking about it. Prompts should make your writing natural and free-flowing. That is what I like about prompts, for they should be used for free writing. When we free write we are not thinking for we are just writing. Granted, some of the weirdest stuff can come from free writing, but also that weird stuff can turn into brilliant, and beautiful stuff.

If you haven’t lately find a prompt and write about if for 20 or 30 minutes. If you like what you wrote keep at it, but if you don’t like what you wrote you can discard, but don’t throw it away. Let your mind think about it, and maybe you will want to redo the exercise with the same prompt or you might improved what you wrote. But keep on writing until you find something that works.

I hope that you have a great day of writing as you find helpful ways to get through your writing!

Update at Faerie Rose Press

Every once a while, I like to give an update on how things are going at Faerie Rose Press, so here is the newest update.

Earlier, this month I gave an update on the Raven Prophecy, which is still going well. Currently the story is moving along and I’m still adding elements to the latest first draft of the book. As for the Ravages of Time, I have put that one down for a while as I work on the Raven Prophecy. My current goal right now for the Raven Prophecy is get the first 100 or so pages completed.

I have just add a list of the services that Faerie Rose Press is starting to provide. This is a promise if you will to our commintment to helping writers with their writing as they find their writer’s journey. Also I have added as part of the commintment, three new sections this month: Writer’s First Source, Book Reviews, and Movie Reviews. Right now I have five or so sections under Writer’s First Source.

I have been working on Faerie Rose Press’s Facebook page, which is more the most part where I would like it to be. Granted, I’m adding information here and there, if you would like go check it out and don’t forget to like. My Facebook Author page is still a work in progress, which is where I’m posting some things but not as much as on the other page. Twitter is going strong. I still need to work on Youtube and Instagram.

But for the most part things are moving along here at Faerie Rose Press. Also this month I published a flash fiction piece on Amazon’s Kindle, called “My Grandmother is Missing,” and a poetry collection called, “Poems in a Milk Bottle,” where it is also available on Amazon’s Kindle.

NaNoWriMo was this month, and granted I didn’t really work on my piece of it as much as I should have, but it is also a slow project, so that I why I put a main focus on the Raven Prophecy. So in the next couple of days NaNoWriMo is coming to a close and that means for those that participated they can either start editing or they can take a month off before they edit. But here at Faerie Rose Press will be doing neither as we will be writing and hopefully helping those with editing or proofreading their work.

November was a busy month, and December will be just as busy with the holidays coming up and all the gatherings. I hope that you have enjoyed this update on Faerie Rose Press.

Our Services

I have added a new page on our website that lists the services that Faerie Rose Press provides to other writers and future writers as well. The reason for starting this list is to help writers since there is so much information out there on writing.

Faerie Rose Press is currently working on our mission to help other writers with their writing and their start with the Writer’s Journey.

The Plague that is Writer’s Block

Yes, there is a plague that every writer must face in some way and that plague has only one name: Writer’s Block. Writer’s Block happens when a writer is writing and a block, a dry spell, or some force enters that disrupts our writing. Writer’s Block can last days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years. We as writers hate the block, for it makes us feel that we are not worthy to writer or to even create. It can make us depressed, or even angry. It’s almost like we have to fight it and work hard to get back to writing.

There are many times that I have faced the dreaded plague, and I’ve heard all the usual cures for it, such as keep on writing, read, go for a walk, go find inspiration, ect. I’ve heard that these cures can help, but to a writer they can be somewhat helpful but not exactly the best cure. Take writing for example, when you have Writer’s Block and you’re writing, and you read what you wrote, you hear that voice that says that this is bad writing, or how could I write this? or that I shouldn’t have even bothered writing this. True, you should be writing, but sometimes when you write during your dry spell, you feel that something is really wrong about your writing.

You face the world of doubt, depression, you get angry, (as I’m writing this it sounds like I’m talking about alcoholism, but it’s true). We sort of have to rework ourselves into writing, and that takes time. Time, which we start to feel can be used for other things, such as picking up a new hobby, or reading a new book, just something other than writing.

But after sometime, when we feel that we can write again, that is when we get back to be our brilliant writing selves. We feel happy again for we are doing what we love, until we the plague comes back, which in a lot of ways we hope that we only have it once and it’s done like the chicken pox. But the truth is that we will face it more than once in our lives. It’s not our fault, it’s just that at times it pops up and we have to deal with it.

The best way that I have learned to cope with Writer’s Block, is to separate yourself from your writing for a bit. Pick up something new, or work on something that has nothing to do with writing. Learn to enjoy life, but more importantly think about writing but don’t do it until you are ready. Usually for me the readiness comes when the idea is strong and it comes back and back and every time that idea comes back there is more that is added to it and it really starts to become real to you. When that happens I know that I’m cured and I can continue on with my writing. You just need to find a way that works best for you.

I hope that you have found this topic helpful. I hope that you have a writer’s block free day!

Writing and Age of Readers

Yesturday, I talked about genre and that we really should get to know what is involved in writing our genere; however, today, I want to talk about the age of our readers and thinks we need to keep in mind as readers.

If you are writing for adults or late teenagers this may not apply to you, but you might find the information helpful. This more for if you are writing for children, pre-teenagers, or even middle grade teenagers, then this more for you.

When it comes to writing for children, pre-teenagers and middle graders then there are certain items that must not be in you keep in mind, such as bad language, sexual context, and blood and gore. The three that I listed above cannot be in your story at all, for then you will be put on the banned list. If that is your goal, then by all means you can have it in there, but you will be asked time and again did you really mean to write this for children?

In my fantasy novel, The Raven Prophecy, this book is not for children, for I have all the above and some of the context that is addressed in the book is more for older teenagers/adults, not for the young minds. Granted, if the young have permission from their parents I can’t stop them from reading my book, there are just something things that might come up. In my novel, I have blood, some gore, bad language, and there are some sex scenes. There is also some weird stuff, but it all comes from writing fantasy.

So as you go about today working on your stories, please, keep in mind the age of your readers and what age group you are gearing towards with your story.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s discussion.

The Raven Prophecy Update

I wanted to give an update on the Raven Prophecy, in case you all were wondering. Last week I started another draft of the Raven Prophecy, and so far it is going well. I have added something things to the first part of the story. These were things that were missing. So far I’m at 15,748 words with 10 pages of front matter, and 41 pages of body matter.

I have no plans at the current time to re-do or redesign the cover for the Raven Prophecy.

I hope to have more updates for you in the coming weeks, but for right now this is where the Raven Prophecy is at.

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Getting to know your Genres

I thought today, that I would switch gears from talking about character to genre. In any genre that you choose to write, you will have characters, but there are certain elements in each genre that your story must have.

In Fantasy, you must have mystical creatures, magic, witches and wizards, and the like in your story. In Sci-Fiction you must have elements of the future and some scientific know-how in your story that is either advanced or a new discovery in the future. Historical fiction must be set in the past and in a historical time period and must contain elements of that time period (a good example of this is The Book Thief). Romance must have a two characters that fall in love, and at the end of the story they must have a happy ending. In Horror there must be dark elements this is also the same with thriller. Mystery there must be a murder and the mystery should be solved towards the last page.

Now granted many of the genres listed above also have sub-genres, such as Paranormal Romace. Paranormal Romance have romance that have vampires as the characters or angels. There is also historical romance, where romance takes place in a time period in the past. There are so many out there to choose from but the main point is that you should know your main and sub-genres.

If you don’t know your genres very well, then you are going to have a hard time finding readers for your stories. Readers typically like to buy or read certain genres. I heard someone once say to know your genre is to know your reader. The same with books goes for movies too and in some cases television shows as well.

It also helps to know what is trending in your genre, but please, note that we should not writing towards those trends, but understand them so that we can modify those trends to what we want to write. As I have said before, we are writers, we are creators and we should not be made to write to trends. If we write to trends how much fun is going to be create new worlds or stories. We should trends more as suggestions but not necessarily as a master key. Trend writing can sort of get boring, for everyone will be writing the same story and there will be hundreds of the same story on the shelfs of bookstores.

We should own our work and work each day to add new things to our genres so that our genres can grow and when a genre grows we find more readers.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s topic.

Villains

Welcome, back to another week here at Faerie Rose Press! Last week talked about heroes and this week, I know that I said that I would talk about villains; however, due to what this week being and recent events in the news, I think that I will spend today talking about villains, and then the rest of the week talk about some other subjects related to writing.

When looking at heroes, the complete opposite is the villain. Villains have the same goal as the hero, except for it is evil in nature. Let’s take Frodo and the ring, for example. Frodo wants to the destroy the ring to save the Shire and Middle Earth, where as Sauron and his evil, dark servants want to reclaim the ring so that Sauron can gain his power and destroy Middle Earth and the race of men. When you look at Jon Snow and the Night King, Jon Snow wants to save Westeros from the Night King and the white walkers, where as the Night King, who is fascinated with Jon Snow, still wants to create his arm of the dead and destroy everyone in Westeros. That is what has been shown to us so far in the book and the show, but so far we still don’t know fully what the Night King wants. But whatever that goal is needs to somehow be similar to Jon’s while being evil.

Villains want to not only stop the hero(es) of the story but they also have an evil plan in mind. They have been hurt in the past, and they want revenge for that hurt. The Night King was one of the first men, the children of the forest take him, tie him up to the tree and basically put something painful in his chest, and he becomes the Night King. Originally the white walkers, were supposed to protect the forest and the children from the first men; however, they turn against the children and the forest creating their path of destruction. When you look at Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort, his hurt came from having a father, who abandoned not only him but his mother as well. He had a deep hate toward his father, who was a muggle. Furthermore, since he was a half-blood, much like Harry Potter, it seems that he would have wanted to perify the magical world from mud-bloods, who were those that no magical parents. Where as Harry Potter was a friend towards mud-bloods. The hurt of the abandonment for Voldemort was so deep rooted that he did not love, for he rather isolated himself, but he wanted to live forever. Unlike Harry, who accepted death.

When we talk about villains, they also have a weakness, and once this weakness is found out then the villain can be brought down. In Voldemort’s case it was after all the¬†horcruxes had been destroyed that Voldemort could be finally be destroyed as well resulting in his death. In Sauron’s case it was when the ring was finally destroyed that he Mordor and all that remained of the evil lord’s soul was destroyed. Granted, we are still seeking out the Night King’s weakness, and once that is discovered then he too will be destroyed.

Villains are every interesting characters, in some cases I would say that they are more interesting than the heroes. Villains have a back story, which full explains how they became evil, this is where the hurt comes to play, they have a weakness, and that weakness can be shown how they can be destroyed. Furthermore, villains in some cases show up later in stories, as either a big bad or they are hinted throughout the story. Villains in some cases can be cool.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s discussion on villains. If you like what I have written, please, like or comment down below.