Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WODW: Looking for Guidance




Lately my posts have been few and far between and though I've been wanting to write, I haven't really been inspired enough to put together a complete post other than the random ones I've done.  I've been so busy with real life - work all week (and some weekends), kids' school projects, holidays, birthday parties, kids' sports, running errands, cleaning and organizing the house - that I feel like I have no time for anything else. 

My down time (if any) is spent sitting on the couch staring at the TV screen - not really watching, just trying to melt into the sofa and be invisible for a little while before someone comes screaming about a toy not being shared, a mess that needs cleaning, a last minute science project due the next day or some other catastrophe.  Needless to say, my writing process is pretty much nonexistent right now and I'd like that to change.


Writing always used to come easy for me.  It was a way to express my feelings, to let out anger, to put my memories and thoughts on paper.  English and creative writing were my favorite classes in high school.  I enjoyed the challenge of daily writing prompts and loved having my work edited and reviewed by my teachers and my peers.  Every comment, notation and red mark helped me learn and become a better writer.

Now, as an adult, I feel as though I struggle with my writing.  The chaos of everyday life is draining and I don't have the energy to set aside time to write.  And, when I do write, I feel as though I'm not writing at my best because I don't have the guidance or feedback I need to do better.  That feeling throws me into a funk and makes me lose interest in what I'd written or had planned to write.  Does anyone else feel that way?

I know that managing my time better would give me the freedom to write, but the passion and all the feels I used to have about writing and the writing process in high school will still be missing.  My motivation to write comes and goes so quickly that sometimes it takes me a ridiculous amount of time to get through one piece.  (I started drafting this post a week ago).  Sometimes I read through it before I publish, sometimes I just hit "Publish" and close the browser without proofreading or even reading the completed post just to get it done.  That's not how I want it to be anymore and that's not how I want to write.

I want to be a better writer, not just for blogging, but for life in general.  I love learning and sharing what I've learned with others, I love being able to express myself on paper and have those words inspire others.  So...I'm thinking about taking up a writing course to help me get to where I want to be with my writing skills.  I don't know where or how just yet, but it's something that I've been contemplating for a while now so I'm finally going to start looking around for classes, workshops, etc.  In the meantime, I'm going to TRY to start writing more by doing more prompts, writing more inspiring posts, and by keeping a journal or something to jot down thoughts, poems, stories, etc.

What is your writing process?  Do you know of any online classes or courses that you could recommend to me?  What is something you love doing but haven't been able to do lately?

8 comments:

  1. I think a writing course would be interesting! I honestly feel like you can never learn too much. You could take the class and learn one little tip that re-sparks your passion. Worth it!

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  2. A writing course sounds great. With assignments, I know I'd be more motivated to practice writing (or other skill). Guess I wish I had more time for photography (courses, workshops) or also just reading. This season, I'll be doing a lot of baking but I enjoy it so I'm just trading one love for another.

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  3. First, thanks for joining us!

    Do you mostly struggle with content ideas and motivation? Cause your grammar and syntax is on point, girl! You definitely don't need a writing class for that.

    I struggle with the same things as you: motivation and freedom (to write). Something that helped me a lot was joining a writer's group back when I was still in Hawaii. Then when I moved here and couldn't find a group that was the right fit for me, I started one! Even on those weeks when I have little motivation or time, I know I will get what I need at our group meeting. Maybe you can look around for writer's groups! And if you ever have an opportunity to go to a writer's conference, those are awesome too (for re-igniting the passion).

    Also, always write down your ideas! They're so easy to forget! When your well is dry, you will have a list to revisit. :)

    I could go on and on. Haha

    -Shelly

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  4. Thank you so much for linking up with us! I feel like I could have written this post. I struggle with motivation and time and content pretty much all the time. It's hard when I can feel the words swirling around my brain, just itching to get down on paper (or blog). You're not alone!

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  5. It's been writing for me as well. I remember being able to just write creative humorist musings, confidently put down my opinion on a product, draft prose and even write out pithy little posts. Since getting back into blogging it's been so hard to do any of that. I think what's worked for me is to just keep trying. Just keep pushing. Keep reading (and I actually wrote something I like recently!)

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  6. A writing course sounds really interesting! I think that would definitely help you! Keeping a handwritten journal is a great idea, too. Glad to find you via the link-up!

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