Any writer – any person – can tell you that sometimes you get so busy in life that you are FORCED to place things on the figurative “back burner.” It’s common. It happens to the best of us. The thing that gets me through it sometimes is that cool kids like Beyonce and Sergei Polunin probablyyyyy have to back burner the hell out of things sometimes too.
Y’all. I love me some Ellen. Her and Portia are, like, in my top 3 OTPs. Anyway, this quotes is about balance. This post is late. I meant to get it up by Friday, but life really got in the way and I haven’t been balancing all the aspects of my life very well. And that includes my writing. I truly believe you have to have balance in order to be successful as a writer.
This post is no suggestion. It is instead a cautionary tale. I haven’t been balancing my life as a more-than-full-time worker with my life as a writer and because of that, my writing is suffering.
Basically, Candice does not time manage very well. Do you have any tips to help a girl out here?
xo from this girl under the trench coat,
For so long I was really secretive about the kind of stuff that I write. Online, I’m super open about it. You can find me on Twitter all day talking up a storm about that awesome near-miss-kiss I just wrote. But IRL? I’m still working on it. You could say my IRL writer friends are an exact replica of the @GuyInYourMFA Twitter account. So that’s the criticism I deal with at every meet-up and hangout.
But now, I’ve resolved to be proud of what I’m writing. Show people what NA Contemp Rom REALLY is. I write romance and I read romance and I love love in all its guises. I want people to know what kind of writer I am. This isn’t necessarily a resolution—let’s call it a lifestyle alteration.
xo from this girl under the trench coat!
I know I’m late on this! I know! I’ll spare you my excuses. But it’s kind of okay because in the meantime, I stumbled upon this quote by E.M. Forster, who’s one of my favorites. It mentions Oscar Wilde who is basically in my top 3, too. Anyway, there was this totally fantastic and amazing post by @LeahRaeder which you can read HERE. That post made me feel so many ways. It kind of hurt, strangely? If that makes sense. As a Queer myself, I didn’t know how to feel about it. I still don’t. I don’t know how I feel about ME and isn’t that strange? It’s not a bad feeling—I’ve ruled that one out. But it’s just that there’s a lot of questioning going on. The point of this quote is that it’s cavalier about the issue. And I’ve decided that’s how I want to be. Cavalier.
YES, I’m Queer. And excuse my French (because I try not to swear on this blog) but—so fucking what.
xo, from this girl under the trench coat.
I’ve said it time and time again: I FEEL UNBELIEVABLY COOL (with soooo many exclamation points !!!!!!) for knowing the authors that I know. For getting to talk to them when I want to, getting to read their work before the rest of the public, getting to call them friends of mine. It’s weird and almost a little bit selfish, but I’m pretty okay with that. Writing well is a big talent and it’s just cool as hell to say I have the raddest bunch of talented peeps! You all know who you are.
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“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” – Joss Whedon
Is there a better explanation of why we write? When I’m having a crap day and I force myself to plant my butt and write a bit, I feel sooo much better! It reminds me that life doesn’t suck, that we can create good and shove it up the bad’s nose. I love knowing that if I get bored with my life (because, let’s face it, we all do at some point), I can become someone else. Someone in a different world, different problems, different ideas. I don’t have to rely on someone else driving the story, it’s all on me. It’s liberating and it’s terrifying. It’s why we write.