How I learned taking pressure off yourself can boost creativity and output.
Welcome to my first blog post!
You may want to know how my writing journey started. As a child, I’ve always loved reading and writing, but I didn’t feel like a writer. I thought to be a true writer, I needed to keep a daily journal and write in it every day. I couldn’t keep up with it and kept that perfect ideal with me for a long time. Now I’m a stay-at-home parent of two toddler boys, so it’s hard for me to find the time to write, but I’ve finally found a good rhythm that works for me. With the pressure off me, my output has been higher than ever!
You don't have to write everyday to be a writer. Write when the muse visits you.
My mom, who is also a poet and writer, gave me a good tip: you don’t have to write every day to be a writer. Write when the muse visits you. Once she gave me this tip, I put less pressure on myself and my writing. Now I pay attention to the special moments when the inspiration for a new idea hits. It usually happens when I’m cleaning, sleeping, or in the shower, so I just make a mental note of the idea and write it down in my cell phone or on a piece paper when I can. Then, when I have some time to dedicate to it, I know what I want to write about and go from there. When I have a new idea, I usually can’t do anything else but work on it. So, I go in spurts with my writing - for a few weeks I’ll write a new story and then I’ll take a break from it to let it settle in and then start on revisions.
Hope this gives you some background about me and my current writing process. I hope this blog can give more insights on what’s happening with my writing and the path to my first children’s book publication next summer 2020.