Reading is as important to be a good writer as it is to practice writing. You can see how other stories are constructed and written, how they’ve dealt with the same plot pains you have, how they’ve created tension and pacing.
Reading also allows you to be a reader again, just a reader enjoying a story. In the midst of writing and editing, you need to see stories from the reader’s perspective. The person who doesn’t see the pain and the edits and the old drafts, just the finished story that they love.
#Mondayinspiration is a chance for me to share my own motivational post it notes with the writing world at large. In the hope, maybe that someone else finds it as helpful as I do!
- The only limit is yourself (Monday Inspiration)What is possible to achieve? That’s only limited by one person – you. The limits of your imagination. The limits of your courage. The limits of your determination.
- Take Your Time (Opinion Blog)Social media, along with a fun mix of “look how much this person achieved before they were 30!” media stories, has created an invisible expectation on anyone trying to achieve any goal that … More Take Your Time (Opinion Blog)
- Waiting on a Message (From the Archives)Ele sat staring at her phone, waiting for the text to come in. Around her, chaos reigned. Her parents, the rulers of their Sector, had been murdered in the night. Somehow, someone had … More Waiting on a Message (From the Archives)
- Rain (100 Words)Outside, the rain lashed down onto the windowpane. It’s almost calming, watching the calamity of the storm outside. It’s out there, and you’re in here. In that moment, you can almost imagine the … More Rain (100 Words)
- You can find the time (Monday Inspiration)You think you can’t write because you don’t have time? Good, that’s the start. Start with no time, and create five minutes. Then ten. Then, maybe, fifteen. Your writing does not have to … More You can find the time (Monday Inspiration)
- Loveable (From the Archives)Not being loved, but the adjective. The ability to be loved. The ability to look at yourself in the mirror and see a person who not only can be loved, but deserves love. … More Loveable (From the Archives)