I had burned myself out with trying to live up to other people's standards and expectations. I'm not quite missing writing here again, but I don't want to neglect it or get out of doing it completely. So, I will be back in the New Year. The Year of the Snake, 2013. I'm still writing on HubPages. Today I had a look at Wizzley too.
“I enjoyed work, I really did. I began to realise how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow and fixed hours and a fixed salary and very little original thinking to do. The life of a writer is absolute hell compared with the life of a business man. The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn’t go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him. If his is a writer of fiction he lives in a world of fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not. Two hours of writing fiction leaves this particular writer absolutely drained. For those two hours he has been miles away, he has been somewhere else, in a different place with totally different people, and the effort of swimming back into normal surroundings is very great. It is almost a shock. The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. … A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.” - Roald Dahl
Writing is something we often do alone while we think we really are not very good. It's so easy to compare yourself to so many other people who seem to do it all just a bit better than you can ever do it yourself. We all get days where we feel we could not write our way out of a wet paper bag. So, we need some inspiration and encouragement from those around us. If you have a writer you want to encourage this Christmas, I have some ideas for you! These will also work as self-help if you are the writer you want to encourage and inspire.
- Treat yourself to a creative writing inspiration type of book. Really treat yourself or your writer and buy one new, not second hand.
- Look at software for organizing and keeping track of freelance writing submissions. If your writer doesn't already have something like this, you can really encourage them by giving them a tool to help them do more and do it better.
- A dictionary is an old stand by, maybe too much of a stand by. But, if you really don't know what to get it's something safe. Make sure you go the extra mile and sign the dictionary with encouraging words from you.
- A writer needs a portfolio, not so different from other artists. Talk to your writer about the portfolio they have and ask about how it could be better. Listen for ideas and ways you could help them get from where they are to where they could be.
- Look at home offices and see what tools and gadgets would suit a writer's home office. You might get a gift card at a store which offers wallpaper, paint and etc and let them use it toward redecorating the home office space they have.
- Sometimes a writer needs to get away and recharge the batteries. Give your writer a trip to a spa, a coupon for a weekend of babysitting their kids, or get them tickets to a creative workshop or writer convention coming to the area.
- If your own budget is tight give your writer a Christmas card full of inspiring quotes geared to writing and creativity. You can find all kinds of great writer-like quotes online.
Bookpacking is custom made for people who like to read. Many backpackers have packed a tattered paperback novel into their rucksack in case they are held hostage by rain pummeling the outside of their tents. Packing a book for a bike trip, a hike or boating excursion engages both the body and the mind into an outing.via Bookpacking Combines Travel With Reading | Suite101. I think it's great someone has come up with an actual word for this. I bookpack every day. Even when I'm not hiking, exploring or road tripping.