Half Time Recap

Kara Howell

KEEP WRITING! Take that 20 minute locker room break, eat an actual meal, let your eyes rest, dare to venture out into the sunlight since you began your writing adventures with NaNo!

I am super excited for my compadre who has been dedicated to this triathlon for writers and I can’t wait to see her results! How are your writings going?

I had to admit – I am not participating as much as I wish had been, but it at least didn’t completely sneak out from under me this year. I am very aware of my writing and lack there of this month, but we all press on as writers year round. But major props to all your NaNo-ists, and best of luck.

Back up all your work on an external or cloud! We all know how that feels the moment you typed out 10,000 words only to have everything freeze and no auto-save – yikes.

For those few exclusive few who choose to read our humble little blog, EXTRA kudos to you and we send you all the best writing vibes and anit-writer’s block formula extra strength to ward off minor blocks, major blocks, and keeps you energized throughout the night. For a daytime prescription, leave a comment below and tell us about your writing adventures so far in NaNo!

Kara Howell

My Challenge To You Other Writers

When it comes to writing, I’d say I write 75% of the time for pleasure and a way to organize my thoughts, and 24% of the time is devote to actually crafting my skills and honing in goals to word toward. And the slim 1% of the time I may or may not use for actually doing what I plan to do to further my writing career.

Am I the only one? I read a lot of other blogs, and “How-To’s” on being a writer, and I admire them – or maybe YOU – if you’re that dedicated writer who blogs everyday, or even makes a blurb comment on some other major blog/forum – UGH I wish I was YOU. I wish I could just focus on making sure I exercise my writing muscles everyday and that the creative juices would just pump through me uncontrollably. I know, many of you say “Oh, Kara, it’s really not always like that.” But I guess I would like my creative bursts of inspiration to come more often than once in a blue moon.

And end rant.

My Challenge To You

Document how many times you get a “burst of inspiration” throughout the day, week, month – however long you want to keep up with it. Don’t necessarily write down or try to remember what those inspirational bursts were about, just how often does it come to you? How many times do you feel that itch and “I MUST GET ON MY LAPTOP NOW” feeling? Maybe you’re already aware of how often these moments hit you.

Keep up with it and take notice of when those moments come to you, why is it “that” moment you feel that urge to write?

Let me know what you find.

My Thoughts on My Process

I am always curious to hear what other writers’ processes are. I think because I am not always aware of my own, or even know what works for me, or even how I actually process at all! Maybe I am just trying to feel connected to some other writers who may even feel as clueless as me sometimes. I write here, I write there – I ghostwrite, I blog, I research – I do all these writing activities, but am still not even too sure of how I write, or why my own stories stay hidden in the corner, almost afraid to come into light.

Kara Howell

The New Job

Wishful Writer One

To be honest, I am not sure how I feel about my new position as a staff writer for the business I work for. I like it fine, it isn’t demanding or difficult. I guess I just don’t feel connected. And I guess that is to be expected as the new kid on the block. Granted, I haven’t been as “there” as I wish I could be, mainly do to the fact it is a bit of a drive for me to make every day and I am trying to make my car and tank last as long as I can, especially with little income, I can’t afford a tank a week or a blown tire – or any extra maintenance.

I remain patient with myself, that I am sure I will adjust comfortably soon enough. I should bake food and bring it. I always feel better in a group when I provide some treats, and of course everyone loves the person who brings cake and cookies, right?

As far as the writing side of it goes – like I said, not too demanding or difficult. If anything, it’s a bit too easy, and bit too boring in some ways. I am very limited in what I can say and how I say it. It makes sense, it’s supposed to be one voice throughout the entirety of the business, I’m not complaining, but I do feel like I lose my personality in it all. I can write to parameters and take orders, but I am beginning to realize the difference between my academic voice, my business voice, and my creative-stream-of-conscious-all-over-the-place voice. There’s a time and place for all of them, and I am discovering I like my last voice best, and who wouldn’t?

If anything, I look at this position as a challenge to myself in conforming to a very specific way of writing. I’m not unaccustomed to this idea with academic writing, but with academic writing, I am giving a much bigger canvas of 2000 words +, and now I work with about a 10th of that space.

The joys of being a freelance/contractor – you have your style, but must do what your client/boss requires – that’s how it works. It’s good for me though, and it is in my portfolio, which I am able to build now with paid projects *excited squee.*

I will always do my best, regardless of my situation, and I will always look for the lessons in life, even if most are learned in retrospect. And this new job is the situation and the lessons being learned are still new, fresh, and have yet to be uncovered by my very near-sighted vision. Even if I never become besties with my co-workers, I will figure out my place there, and continue to be kind to everyone I meet, and strive for excellence in my work.