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Words for Writers Wednesday: Read Everything

For you, as a writer,

to achieve great heights,

you need a solid foundation.

Every writer should read everything.

The good stuff. The bad stuff.

The classics. The new releases.

Every genre, every style, every kind of voice.

Read it all.

And once you have that solid foundation

that foundation of stories will become a launch pad

for the stories you will write.

I have this pet peeve of people who stick to only one genre. Yes, of course, you can love a specific genre or writing style. I love stories of fantasy and mystery. But there’s so much more out there. Don’t be afraid to read outside of your usual once in a while. And you never know what will inspire you.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky


Words for Writers Wednesday: Writers Are Like Boxers in the Ring

You are the boxer in the ring.

Your opponent? All those knuckleheads who doubt you.

“Do you really think you’ll make it?”

“Writing isn’t a real work. Get a job.”

You freaking sucker punch them in the jaw with your talent.

Hey, remember the supporters in your corner.

Family, friends, teachers, classmates, the true believers.

Stick with them, they will get you through this fight, and every other fight

And stand beside you when you become a champion.

Forget about the people in your life who doubt you and make you feel bad about your passions. Focus on the ones who will support you through everything.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

Words of Writers Wednesday: Pressure Makes Diamonds

Upcoming deadline?

Take a breath, don’t stress.

You got this.

Pressure makes diamonds.

And you are the crown jewel.

Had three pieces due last week. And even though it was down to the wire, like every deadline I’ve ever had, I still got them all done. So, feeling a smidge accomplished. I deserved that Chipotle.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

Words for Writers Wednesday: Don’t Judge a Story By It’s First Draft

Don’t let disastrous drafts deter you.

The first draft, the second draft, the twenty seventh draft,

does not define your story, nor your ability as a writer.

That’s like judging a person because they were an ugly baby.

Don’t forget, you are freaking amazing.

Give it time, when it’s ready, your story will speak for itself.

I’m currently writing that mystery story I’m always talking about. I”ve had those moments where drafts look like complete garbage. Trying to remind myself, and you guys, that it’s okay if things don’t look perfect right off the bat. Just keep writing!

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky



Words for Writers Wednesday #2: Write What You Don’t Know

Write what you know,

So they say.

What happens when you have to write what you don’t know?

You research, and you learn, and you grow and you overcome the challenge.

So that the things you don’t know become the things you do know.

You know?

Sometimes, when you have to write about something you aren’t familiar with, there is a bit of trepidation that comes with that. Whether you are writing fiction or an essay, don’t be scared about writing a topic you are unfamiliar with. Don’t steer away from it, challenge yourself. Just remember, you are smarter than you think you are.

For me, I don’t know what it’s like to be a person from the 1920s, but I research and I try to be as accurate as possible when I’m writing fiction, even if I run into subjects that aren’t up my alley. I didn’t know much about writing about comics, but look at my job now, writing weekly comic book reviews. Never be intimidated to write about the things you are not an expert in.

Also, shout out to everyone who caught my Newsies reference.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky


Words for Writers Wednesday #1: Commuting to OZ

Choosing to be a writer is like choosing to commute to OZ everyday.

You need brains, to build the yellow brick road for the words in your head.

You need courage, for facing off against the wicked witch of the self doubt.

You need heart, the best stories come from the heart.

In a world of flying monkeys, be Dorothy.

(This is a new weekly series on this blog. Quirky bits of encouragement for writers.)

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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