A Day in the Life of a Wannabe Writer
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A Day in the Life of a Wannabe Writer


Yes, I am a wannabe writer, and to all the other wannabe writers out there, whether you write prose or poetry, I know it is not always easy to write. It’s a struggle, at times, but it’s also rewarding in the end. I’ve spoken to other writers, and often times, their advice has helped me become a better writer myself.

So, to my fellow writers, I wish to share some of my experiences in hopes that it will help someone else as it had helped me. (And to keep people’s eyes from glazing over at the amount of text, I’ve also added in some pretty pictures to break it up.)

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I find time to write.


For eight months of the year, I hardly find the time to write anything other than academic papers. Between cramming for exams and desperately trying to make the word count for an essay the night before it’s due, writing for fun becomes difficult. Any random ideas or inspiration I get is usually dismissed because I don’t have time to write it down.

However, more recently, I’ve stopped myself and tried to make time to write. I find my happy place; I breathe; and I empty out my thoughts for about ten minutes before panic sets in and I switch back to frantically writing my paper again. Once you get into the habit of doing this, writing comes easier (sometimes), and it’s a great way to relieve stress.  
:thumb153843440: breathe by sibayak :thumb115763865:


I relax.


Everyone relaxes differently, but the key is to calm yourself down enough to think clearly about what you want to say through your writing. For me, I like to sit down with a mug of tea when I’m writing something, and listen to music. Personally, I prefer the Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Notre-Dame de Paris soundtracks. For you, it may be different. Some people take a walk, or take a bath. Whatever relaxes you, do it.
:thumb149317263: My music by andru89 :thumb95954225:


I have a notebook, and I write everything down in it.


I like cheap, inexpensive notebooks because I always go through them very quick. Also, with fancy notebooks, I feel like my thoughts aren’t worthy to be kept in such a nice place. For you, it doesn’t have to be fancy, just something that can keep any random thoughts and scribbling organized. Mine is simple and allows me to flip back and forth to older entries. You can also date each writing entry you put in (I don’t do this), but it also adds another layer of organization to your notebook so you know how old some of the entries are. You can treat it like a diary and write long, detailed entries, or you can not. It’s completely up to you. The important thing is that you have some place to put your thoughts so you don’t forget them later.

Personally, I refuse to write on random pieces of loose paper because I know I always lose them, but for some people, that’s all they ever write on. Again, it’s up to you.
Writing on Windows by everRiviere the notebook by cittating A writer by przerwiak


I bring out old pieces of writing.


Often, I am surprised by my own writing, especially pieces that I had completely forgotten that I’d written. Sometimes, I rework them by adding or crossing out sentences until I am happy with it. If not, after some tinkering, I leave it alone again so that I can revisit it again in the future.

Even with finished works, I sometimes change things that I am no longer satisfied yet. Once a work is finished, it does not have to remain finished. You are free to go back to edit again if you feel like it.  
:thumb99788530: to write you a song by amongstotherthings :thumb198421054:


I find a new perspective or subject.


Writing from a new perspective, or writing about a new subject can be surprising and challenging. I like to do this when I’ve got writer’s block, and I make a game out how ridiculous and random I can make things. This also works great if you’ve got a friend and you’re both working on the same, messed up story. For example:

Have you ever written from the perspective of a goldfish? Try it! Perhaps the goldfish has committed a bank robbery and you are the lawyer who must now prove the goldfish is innocent. How do you do it?

Or do you normally write happy things? Try a different tone and emotion for your work.

What about Italy? Ever been to Italy? Write about what you would think it would be like to visit. Would you join a guided tour, or cut loose and explore on your own?

Think outside of the box, and write like you’re on crack!
:thumb177194501: :thumb127312620: Rome, Italy by sican


I am a fan.


There’s nothing wrong with a bit of fanfiction of your favourite movie/book/show. I wrote fanfiction at one time, and I still do it every now and then. Some people are afraid to admitting they like fanfiction for whatever reason, but no one actually has to read it when you’re done. You’re free to lock it away in a drawer or on your computer so that it never sees the light of day.

The point is that someone else’s made up world can act as a diving board for you to get your creative juices flowing. Didn’t like an ending to a book/movie? Rewrite it! Sexual tension between characters? Write a scene where they talk/fight/have sex/whatever.

For example, here are three things I am a fan of: Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, and more recently, the BBC show, Merlin. I have written or reimagined several scenarios for the characters, and at times, it has helped me write my own original work.
:thumb114393990: Pride and Prejudice by FinAngel Merlin - Left To Lose by Neptune47


I use support systems (on dA and in real life).


Showing your work to someone else can help you improve! Family and friends in real life are there to help and support, and it’s more than okay to bounce ideas off of them if you need help. However, you may also want to consider who you consult for advice about your writing. Do you want the cold, hard truth, or do you want someone who can soften the blow, but also provide insight into your writing?

Or, if you’re like me and you’re hesitant to show your work to people in real life, there’s always DeviantArt. dA is a great place for writers if you know where to look. There a many clubs are devoted to help out writers and promote literature on here. All you have to do is find one that suits you!
what friends are for by auroille Thanks my friend by Brigitte-Fredensborg Just friends by jane-art


I walk away.


I’m one of those people who will stay up all night (and I mean all night) because I want to get something done and I refuse to leave it until the next day. However, when I have writer’s block, it’s hard to get something accomplished if nothing is coming out. I’ve learned to not get frustrated, take a deep breath, and go do something else.

Take up a new hobby; you don’t have to be constricted to one artistic medium. Do photography, draw, watch TV. Heck, go antique hunting or watch the golf channel if that floats your boat.  Just remember that this is a temporary break to help you unwind. Don’t give up writing or your poem/story if it doesn’t go the right way the first time around.
A Camera For Me You And All by CrazyKcee draw... by Gimmickz TV by SuzyTheButcher


I read.


Nothing tickles my inspiration more than reading the works of others. It can be anything: a recent bestseller, a classic, literary works on DeviantArt, or even the back of the cereal box. Reading allows me to put myself in the perspective of the author or the narrator, and it motivates me to produce something that has a similar effect. Especially with writers I admire, I often experiment by emulating their style, but also adding my own original spin to it as well.
Read by bypolar-bear Read me by Jellebol :thumb165088888:

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Last minute advice:



Accept change and growth as it comes.


Nobody is perfect, and no one gets it right the first time. You, like me, will grow as a writer as you encounter and experiment with different styles. Do not be afraid of change like I was. Sometimes, change is a good thing, and it will help you improve as a writer.  


Be comfortable with your writing.


Yes, it’s good to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while, but if you’re unhappy with everything you’re producing, then perhaps you need to step back and think about why that is. Is it a bad case of writer’s block? Perhaps you’re writing to meet the expectations of someone else? Whatever the reason, you are the writer, and you should be happy, and at the very least, comfortable with what you are writing.


Popularity is overrated.


This has probably been repeated hundreds of times now, but I will say it again. Popularity, page views, and watchers shouldn’t be the focus. While it is nice to have more feedback on your work, writing should be about expressing and developing yourself, not acquiring legions of fans and followers. Just remember: popularity does not always reflect quality. However, if you do wish to gain more exposure, simply be active in the community! Join clubs, comment on other deviant’s work, promote yourself through the forums. The more active you are, the more likely you are to gain recognition.

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If you wish to add anything to the list, agree/disagree, errors, or discuss, feel free to do so in the comments.

That is all I have to say for now. Thank you for reading, and I wish you the best of luck in all your future artistic endeavors (not just writing).


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This is rather lovely of you, really. It always helps to know the dynamic someone else has and how muses are all one as fickle as the next. :nod:

As an aside, I love I love I love that you love Merlin. And Bradley James, specifically. He is rather swoonworthy.
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Alas, my muses are not only fickle, but also demanding.

Bradley James would be good looking to me, but I happen to know a guy in real life who looks like Bradley, and the real life guy is jerk, so he's kinda ruined for me now. :(
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O_o

Oh, my.

And demanding, I think, is a forgone conclusion. Very forgone.
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I love this article, I have it favorited and read it when I have writer's block.
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Thank you, and I'm glad it has helped you. :heart:
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kakashiplushieHobbyist Writer
This is wonderful. I feel like it reminded me of things I'd forgotten as a writer. It's really inspiring, especially with all the photos you've chosen. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. :heart:
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teenyxtinyxtinaHobbyist General Artist
It's nice to be reminded every once in a while. :) Thanks for taking the time to read.
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:wave:Hello, this has been mentioned in the latest issue of LitBits.
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Thanks so much! :glomp:
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my pleasure dear :huggle:
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Absolutely wonderful! :clap:
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Thank you :D
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You're very welcome. :heart: Loved the visuals. ;)
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Creative, visually appealing and helpful - thank you for this.

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Thank you, and you're welcome. :D
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I just thought you should know that I enjoyed reading this immensely. It's so well put together and thought out. You make some wonderful points, (and it's so aesthetically pleasing too :) )

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Thank you! :hug:
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Really great article my dear! It was comforting and inspiring (:
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Thank you! Glad to hear that it was. :D
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Thank you so much for featuring one of my works in this great article! :heart::hug::heart:
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Thank you and you're welcome. :hug:
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thesearemembersHobbyist Writer
Definitely good advice and all of it is true :heart: I do the cheap notebooks AND I take walks. Lots of them. Sometimes though, I just sit in the garden and chill while I think... or paint.

Thanks for taking the time to do this Tina :aww:
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teenyxtinyxtinaHobbyist General Artist
Sounds like you've already got some of these things down already. :D
The other reason I also stick to cheaper notebooks is because I LOVE buying new notebooks. I prefer to get lots of cheap ones rather than one expensive one. :P

Thanks for reading! :heart:
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Yeah I almost always use cheap ones but sometimes my sister buys me a nice one :)
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