Motivation for Writing

I’m actually in a Creative Writing Fiction class right now, so I have to write. And It’s wonderful. 

Ashley trivia of the day: My dream job – Writer.

I’m so so soooo bad with words on the spot. I completely admire writers and the ability to just know what you want to say. Not that those two things are necessarily always correlated.

Get back on topic, Ashley

Okay, where do I get my motivation for writing. Actually where I was going in the first sentence I wrote. In class, I’m forced to explore things to write about. I get ideas from other students and from the professor. Last semester, I got an awesome idea for a novel from my professor. This semester, I read the other student’s work and I get ideas on technique and voice. 

I get a lot of writing prompts from Pinterest, too. I got yet another novel idea and a short story idea from prompts on Pinterest. There are endless character bank ideas, dialogue prompts, you name it. Pinterest has everything. 

The biggest source of ideas that I get are actually other writers. Now, this may have a big red “PLAGIARIST” stamp on it, but that’s actually not what I mean. I’m an assistant editor for my university’s literary journal and I read a lot of student work. It’s actually long gone now because I didn’t write it down, but I got an idea based on just one line in a story that I read for the journal. 

If you’re looking for inspiration and ideas for writing, just pick up a book and start reading. Or go on Pinterest and search “writing prompts.” It’s literally that easy. You do some digging until something just sparks in your brain. And then you start writing

Now, I said easy. That’s not really the right word. I meant easy for finding ideas. Writing is not easy. Even for really good writers and word magicians. Edits, additions, cuts, wash, rinse, repeat. It’s a process. 

And where do you get the motivation to actually do that process? Well, I have class and assignment deadlines. But if you’re not in my boat there, there are plenty of ways you can find the motivation to write. I’ve posted about NaNoWriMo before. It’s something to look into if you’re struggling with motivation to just do it. They have NaNoWriMo in November and Camp NaNoWriMo in the summer. Seriously-look into it. Otherwise, you’re just going to have to set personal goals and do your best to stick to them. That may work for some of you, but it just doesn’t for me. At least not when I have other priorities like school. Maybe set up a reward system? I honestly don’t know. I just write when I have the inspiration and/or a due date coming up. 

Okay, byyye.

Motivation for Writing

Love hurts

One of my absolute favorite things to do is travel. Even the mundane bits make me happy. I love flying and being on the plane and in the airport. I love driving and being in the car for hours on end. It’s just calming for me. 

I did some traveling over this past winter break and it was actually really hard on me this go round. As I have mentioned, I love to travel. Did i mention that before? Well, I do. But I was traveling over Christmas without my boyfriend this time. 

Let me interrupt your judgy thoughts right there. If the word “boyfriend” was replace with “husband” or even “fiance” I doubt I would sound so much like a whiney teenager. Rant over.

Anyway, I guess I could defend myself on why I was sad and say “it was over Christmas” or “it was the longest we’d been apart” or “it was the second Christmas in a row.” But I really don’t have that right because I still went and those were the arguments against me at the time. 

Now you may be asking “well, why the fuck did you go then?” Good question. If I was so unhappy about the situation, why did I? Simple. Something you may not know: my family lives in Germany. I hadn’t seen them since the last Christmas when they came to visit me for graduation and then whisked me off to another state to visit extended family-again without boyfriend over Christmas and New Years. 

On both occasions, I invited boyfriend along but purely out of consideration. He has been taking classes nonstop to finish his degree as soon as possible. That means he was taking classes over the winter break.

Now, I applaud him on this for many reasons. First of all, I’ve never taken a class over winter break. That is the one break I keep for myself. Secondly, boyfriend knows that I live here for him. And he only lives here for school. So, once he graduates, we begin our search for a home elsewhere.

Okay, I got off topic a bit there, but maybe now you can see that it’s a tangled mess. I bet you thought this post was going in a much different direction, huh? Don’t worry, I actually intended to write about the actual traveling I did, but it didn’t feel right without addressing this first. 

Moral of the story: sometimes you’re going to have really complicated situations in your life. Sometimes there is no right decision. Sometimes you’re going to do things that hurt people you care about. Sometimes it’s going to hurt you too. But you make decisions and you live with it. Don’t get hung up on what if’s. You can’t change what has already happened. All you can do is assess the decisions and situations that got you to this point and either make different choices now or not. 

And don’t worry. Boyfriend and I are still going 5+ years strong. I know that ending may have sounded contradictory to this, but again, we’re good. 

Okay, sorry about getting so deep… Byyye

Love hurts

Back from Hiatus

I know I don’t have enough followers to have noticed and I know I haven’t been blogging long enough to really have a regular schedule. However, this is really more for my sake than anyone else’s. 

Remember last week when I posted about missing my first blog post? Ha. Well, in that post, I addressed that maybe there was something else going on behind the scenes. I actually missed a few more days and then I decided to make it into a full week so that I could evaluate what would make this blogging thing the most beneficial for me. 

So I figured out just what was going on. Firstly, I was just getting off a break from school. That meant my mind went into a lazy mindset and I was playing a little catch-up with classes. Secondly, I was just finishing up on a big project that I’ve been working on and frankly, I just didn’t quite have the time/motivation/energy to focus on much else (I’ll probably update on said project in about a month! So excited!). Lastly, I was still figuring out what the best schedule was for me in regards to this blog and until I get that schedule down, I’m going to miss a few.

And I figured out what I was going to do about it. So, I’ll be posting less often – like a few times a week rather than every day. I’m thinking MWF on a regular basis. That’s three days for three topics I want to talk about. I think that works. 

k byyye.

Back from Hiatus

NaNoWriMo

For anyone and everyone who knows about NaNoWriMo, I know it’s in November and this is waaaay too early for a post about it. But, I wanted to talk a little bit about about it for a couple of reasons. 

First of all, I participated in my first year of NaNoWriMo in 2016 (last year). I sort of cheated by coming into the month with a couple hundred words already worked up (a prompt from class). And I still didn’t finish the challenge by the end of November. Tragic, I know. But in my defence, it was my first year and I had just gone back to school for that Fall semester and finals week was in November and I had a job and other responsibilities. Nevertheless, I absolutely fell in love with the idea of writing a novel in a month. I loved the experience I had of writing thousands of words a day for the days that I actually could write so much. 

That brings me to my second point. I absolutely plan on participating again for NaNoWriMo 2017. I think I’ll have to put a more realistic view on it for several reasons which aren’t relavent to the point. But basically, I’ll have to do the bulk of the writing in the beginning of the month in order to actually get it done (or even close).

Lastly I wanted to tell any aspiring writers out there who may come across this that NaNoWriMo is an incredible experience. You’re stressed for a month straight but if you meet your quota at the end of the day/week/month, you’re so incredibly proud of yourself even if it isn’t exactly your best work because you freaking did it. And if you’re like me and you have a hard time adulting prioritizing time to do something (see planning) NaNoWriMo acts like that authority figure telling you to get your shit together because it’s due at the end of the month. 

Okay guys, I think I’ve got a pattern going with Writing Wednesdays, what do you think? Byyyye.

NaNoWriMo