Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer? by Nade'ge Richards

Oh, great question. I’ve recently had this discussion with a friend of mine who asked me the other day, “How do you do it?” I’m still in school and on top of that, I blog and attend extracurricular activities like martial arts and Forensics Debate. I think the biggest part of staying sane is remaining on ONE project and ONE project ONLY.  As a born writer—and this is for all of you out there—your mind has a tendency to jump with inspiration when you’re least expecting it. I know of some people who get their ideas for novels while showering, others while hiking. The main point is, we become distracted too easily and the project we’re currently working on becomes a ‘duty’, rather than an ‘I want to’.

Another key to staying sane is ignoring the little voice in your head that continuously screams that your writing isn’t good enough.  I call it i-suck-it is. It’s a pain in the rear, and while some say it’s good every now and then to tame the ego, I say don’t listen to it! That voice is your betraying subconscious trying to get you out of fulfilling your dreams. It can drive you impossibly mad sometimes, but a steadfast writer knows what they want and will do anything to achieve it, especially conquering that voice. When a writer develops into an author, that voice becomes harder to ignore since it then grows to be more of a physical thing—bad reviews. And these are the absolute worse. A very wise author (R.K. Ryals), whom I consider a mentor, once told me that publishing a book is like having a baby. And expecting everyone to love your book is like showing your baby off to the world and anticipating everyone to consider your child beautiful. In all reality, though, some people will be harsh enough to tell it to you frankly and you will get a bad remark that will literally make you want to stop writing as a whole.

And this is where you really have to push to keep your insanity. Be stubborn as hell. You retrain the sanity only when you’ve acknowledged your writing as a part of you. And if you can get over people looking at you and calling you weird, you can get over the ‘wasn’t worth my time’ and the ‘wasn’t great at all’. Writing is a part of me; it is me! And If you have to write this over and over again, do it!

About the Author:
Born in New York City and raised in Pennsylvania, Nadege has traveled to five other states and two countries, but aspires to travel the world some day. Her name is of French origin, though she's never been to France. Forever a lover of art and all things pertaining to Literature, she hopes to obtain knowledge from her writing career, rather than popularity or fame. She wrote her first story about aliens and goats in the 8th grade and has had a passion for story-telling ever since. Her friends and family are her biggest inspiration, and the occasional cup of coffee. She enjoys being part of the Indie community and sharing her stories with the world.

1 comment:

  1. I can live with I suck it-is. It's you-suck it-is that really bothers me.


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