I wrote for a local magazine in 2014. It was a paid gig. With things getting busy I moved on to other aspects of my business. This year I decided to try again to write for local magazines in the county.
A popular one responded and was open to me being a contributing writer if it worked out that is. My test would be my first article to them. I was to do an article on Andy Warhol.
I had heard of him but knew very little. As I contacted the key-note speaker and the person in charge of the exhibit I was educated on why Warhol was so well know. The advancements he made for himself and artists that follow him was incredible.
The article won’t come out until next month, if it does, but it has to be approved first by the editor.
When I first read my assignment I did internally freak out. But as I dove into the history I was fascinated by what I was finding. It also reminded me about the joy I had as a freelance writer in 2014 and I am glad I am revisiting it once more this year.
There is so much more to writing than books and short stories. Expanding one’s view can be rewarding and just down right fun.
I came across this post and thought it would be a good one to share. Enjoy.
The dumbs can hit working authors harder than anyone. …The very act of sitting in front of a monitor all day to write can be damaging to our brains. Not only that, it increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. So, how do we beat the effects of extended computer use? How do we overcome “the dumbs?”
via Writing: 7 Ways to Cure the Dumbs — J. A. Allen
How do you stay motivated to write? Just reading status of fellow writers it seems people have taken some time off, even if they didn’t mean to, to work on their manuscripts. Some took days off and before they knew it months had gone by.
For others life has gotten in the way with health issues, moving, family and a host of other things that has slowed them done. And we can’t even blame the holidays for it seems to occur year round.Trying to motivate them isn’t easy when they toss out, “Well, I haven’t written due to _____?” I get it. Life has a sense of humor that is not always funny to us.
If you can’t seem to break out of it or the present WIP is just not exciting to you when you look at it maybe try a new project. You can start working on a different manuscript. Perhaps try with a short story or a writing prompt. Maybe enter a writing contest. Anything that can get you back into the game.
Start small if you have to. Write a paragraph or perhaps up to a page. Just get words down. It may seem pointless to write so little but at least you are writing something, anything, to get you back into the game of writing.