When you’re a writer, you tend to be passionate about what you do, and that passion can ignite a rollercoaster of emotions. From wanting to quit writing one day to ferociously writing the next — you never know what each day will bring.
You may have some wins or losses, but in the end, our art will exist long after we are gone, and that's something I try to remember on those days that I just want to give up.
If you don’t experience these intense mood swings, you’re lucky. But for those of us that do: You’re not alone.
The spirit of a new writer is fragile. Typically, the first year of your writing career is fraught with self-doubt and second-guessing.
You will question your abilities: Am I good enough to become a professional writer? Why did I write that sentence? That reader disagreed with my viewpoint, was I wrong for writing that?
I’ve been writing professionally since December 8, 2019. As of today, my articles have reached almost 300,000 people, I have completed my first book, which I am presently shopping around to agents, and I am working for a tech company as a journalist.
I haven't been writing on here much and I’ve missed it, a lot. A few months ago, I acquired a writing job with a technology company. Also, I’m writing a book, looking after my family, and training a puppy. Needless to say, I’ve been a busy bee.
So first, I’ll list the great things that have happened to me in my first year of writing. I know, it seems boastful but I think sometimes we need to pat ourselves on the back and show gratitude for the good in our lives.
This is how you can become the writer you want to be without selling your soul
Lately, I’ve been taking a break from Medium to finish writing my book and try ghostwriting. This has given me some time to think about the habits of other writers on here, particularly new writers.
This is not a hit-and-run on all new writers. If the shoe fits (ie: It pisses you off), I guess it’s about you.
There are many new writers who are very talented and I really enjoy them personally and love reading their writing. …
This is something that has bothered me for a while now. I have an Instagram account and follow a lot of celebrities on there. Since I’m a bit of a celebrity gossip fanatic (ask me about any famous person from the 90s, I can give you the dirt), I love to see what they’re up to on any given day.
What I hate to see is the horrible comments people leave on the photos and posts of celebrities. “Wow, she got fat,” “Where’s (insert exes name here)?” “Why is she wearing that?!” “Slut,” and the list goes on and on.
Learn how to harness your unique ability and give to others without burning out
When you’re an empathetic person, people will come to you with their problems. Sometimes you will listen to several people a day and have numerous problems to sort through.
This can really weigh a person down. Some of us have difficulty separating ourselves from the terrible news we heard and it haunts us with every step of our day.
The burdens of others that we have heard about throughout our lives build up until we become completely depleted.
Some of us develop depression, anxiety, and health…
Why are we so hard on ourselves?
We fight a battle within ourselves every day. If we haven't worked a lot this week, we are lazy. If we worked too much we are a neglectful parent, pet owner, or partner.
We strive to fit this perfect archetype that doesn't even exist. But why?
We hold ourselves accountable for things we cannot control, we refuse to give ourselves a break, and we drive our bodies into the ground for an old-age pension that we won’t get to enjoy because we will be too decrepit from working so much to make use…
I was 28, living with my dog Lucky, and single. I didn't have laundry facilities at my apartment building, so I would take my laundry to my parent’s house.
One day, I took my clean clothes out of my car to bring them to my apartment, but unbeknownst to me, a pair of my underwear fell out of the basket and onto the backseat. After this, I drove to pick up my mother and we went shopping.
I stopped at my place to check on Lucky, and my mother informed me that she saw my panties on the backseat and…
I was inspired to write about this because of what is happening in America right now. Whenever anything goes down in the states, there are memes that appear on social media about finding your “Emotional Support Canadian”.
I am Canadian and let me tell you, I am proud that Canada is looked at as a support country for America. It may not feel like it right now, but you have a great country and we are happy to be your allies.
Many of my good friends that I met through writing groups on Facebook are in America, and I know…