How To Be A Happy Writer In 2017 #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation #Writer

 

I started 2016 with a miserable writer look on my face (similar to a bulldog chewing a wasp) and I ended it with a smile. As the year progressed my writer happiness levels increased.

Based on my learnings from 2016, here are my top tips on how to be a happy writer in 2017:

  1. Spend more time writing in coffee shops. Give yourself a 2017 coffee shop goal.
  2. Reach out regularly to other writers; offer assistance, seek advice or just reach out to say ‘hello’.
  3. Eat more cake. Give yourself a 2017 cake goal.
  4. Give yourself permission to write badly on a first draft. You end up writing them quicker and on subsequent drafts you can address the quality of your writing.
  5. Finish as many writing projects as you can. The buzz you get from completing a draft is wonderful and makes you forget about all the literary suffering along the way. I am now addicted to finishing stuff.
  6. Read a mixture of good and bad fiction. The bad fiction will do wonders for your writing ego.
  7. Don’t be afraid to laugh or cry whilst you write. Let all those emotions flood out as you type. You would not believe the amount of times I wept whilst writing in 2016.
  8. If you are going to procrastinate – do it properly and really enjoy yourself.
  9. Give yourself regular breaks. I have started taking little breaks away from my writing and they really refresh and energize me.
  10. Get carried away with your stories and characters. Don’t hold back. Bring them to life and invite them round for tea.
  11. Stop comparing yourself to successful authors. Behind every successful author are years of hard work, graft, persistence and determination. I now give successful authors a silent ‘well done!’ because I have had a small taste of what they have gone through to get their books on shelves.
  12. Be proud to say that you are a writer. Stop hiding it away.
  13. Enjoy your writing journey and forget about possible outcomes.
  14. Run your own race. I have stopped competing against others.
  15. Give yourself freedom to read and write from other genres.
  16. Take more writer naps. Give yourself a nap goal.
  17. Have at least one heavy romantic crush with a fictional character.
  18. When you are stressed about writing pin pretty stuff on Pinterest. I find that employing a rapid finger pinning action  (pin..pin…pin…pin) works wonders for creative stress. Sigh!

 

Let’s all try to stay smiling in 2017.

Have a great day.

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65 thoughts on “How To Be A Happy Writer In 2017 #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation #Writer

  1. Well, I tend to exceed any cake eating goal I set myself, so I will take on your coffee shop writing challenge goal instead (also, it will save on heating bills, as my house gets soooo cold).
    This made me giggle – thank you for getting me to start 2017 on a high!

  2. 8 and 12, very important. I find after a glass of wine or two when I’m procrastinating I’m inclined to stand on chairs and announce I am a writer. Your posts are always brilliant!

  3. All your Happy Writer tips are true to the point. We’ve definitely got to go to coffee shops! What we liked best is how you also focussed on not being too hard on yourselves while living with that self over-demanding writer in us. Needed the motivation. Thank you 🙂🙂

  4. I’ve upped the coffee shops and decreased the cake – an age thing – but I’m with you. They other thing that has helped me is being more ready to torture (but in a nice way) my characters so I can get them out of scrapes. And to make my villains loveable as I makes them evil.

  5. Coffee shop goal: Yes! I have been away from coffee-shop writing for too long, but I have written in coffee shops twice already this New Year. Talk about a good start 🙂

    Also the finish projects one I am so on board with. I am so burnt out on my novel because I feel I haven’t finished anything in so long. I am now working on whipping out a short story so I have something to show, hopefully that will get me going again so I’m excited about writing and my novel and feel like I’m moving forward.

    Love this post! Here’s to happy 2017 writers! 🙂

    1. Yay! Am toasting you now with my cup of tea – here’s to a happy 2017 for us writers ✋🏻
      Thanks for taking the time to drop by! Hope to see you again in this blonde part of town 🙋🏼

      1. WHAT?! I saw the “in” instead of “on” but missed the “Bew”??? Happy “Bew” Year? That wasn’t there yesterday. Or… I meant to do that. It’s what all the cool kids are saying.

        Aw. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! ❤ Oh, and Happy NEW Year.

      2. Mmmm I’m not sure the world is ready for my emotional romance plus I need to link up with a tissue brand 😉 Will let you know – don’t read my book whilst in a low shark mood!

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