Today I read a post(I will link it below), I was so glad I came across this blog post, it was just what I needed at this very moment. The lovely and talented Cristina Dos Santos posted a small blog about
ROSS=Run-on sentence syndrome
Although I am a member of this elite club, it is just a fraction of what I want to talk about in this post.
Finding my own Rhythm
Recently I feel like I have lost my way in my writing. I lost my mojo, my confidence, I became intimidated. By what you ask? The pressure of being great at it...
Writing something that is not only worth reading, but something that pulls the reader in. Words that hypnotize your reader holds them under you command until--THE END.
First a little background:
I recently receive a crushing critique, and before you say Paula, you must develop tough skin and know not every critique will be to oyur liking. Let me stop you, I have ALLIGATOR SKIN, and I love it when someone gives it to me RAW.
The problem with this critique was the manner of delivery and especially when some of the suggestion where incorrect. Which I did not mention to the the person, because we're all just lending a hand to one another. Needless to say the same courtesy wasn't extended to me(in my opinion)
My problem wasn't with the person giving the critique, it was with MYSELF. Which brings me back to the emotional state I was already in; my lost of confidence and being intimidate. I felt like I was all over the place lately. It's like,
I DON'T KNOW WHAT I KNOW...
My lost of confidence made me second guess myself, and my writing, and it showed through my work. Just three days ago because of the stress, I told my husband that's it, I'm done. Thinking that maybe writing isn't for me, so I quit. That's the calm version, because I was really hard on myself.
THE POINT IS
After reading Cristina's post well, after reading the comments(something I do) I realize something I've always known, and that is writing is about the author's CREATIVITY. Sometimes you read something and you just don't get it, what's the author trying to say? Someone else may love that author's style of writing.
I know my rhythm I know what makes my words flow from my mind to the paper. It's how I get my message across, sometimes I may BREAK/GO AGAINST some grammatical rule(still making it work) in order to relay, the emotion, or point I'm trying to make.
When is there an exception to the rule?
I got my MOJO back, my STYLE is not yours, it's mine. Maybe it's garbage to you, to me it's ART. The past few days, has reminded me of who I am as a writer, one of which being I AM A WRITER...
the other, I am CONFIDENT about who I am as a writer. And as a writer and I am still learning growing and perfecting the RHYTHM OF MY WRITING
This is my EPIPHANY for the year. What about you any life changing moments on your writing journey?
Please visit Cristina's blog she's awesome