Month: April 2013

I’ve seen that house before….

One of my downfalls is description. I’m scared of it, and it hates me. I am learning how to write more descriptive scenes, especially locations and scenery, and I have two places to thank for that: Google images & Zillow.

One day while writing a scene that relied heavily on description of the room, I froze. I could see it in my head. But getting that to paper was scary.

I opened up Zillow and went to homes for sale. I knew what room I needed to describe, and the price rage I would find it. I found the image that was close to the place I was trying to describe.

This helped tremendously and plan to use it in the future.

Are any of you scared of description, or do you thrive in it? How do you fill in your description if it is not your strong point?

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Guilty as charged …

I always say that when people say they don’t have time for something it irritates me because if you want to do something badly enough, you’ll make the time.

So … I guess I can’t say that I haven’t had time to write a blog post. With my logic, I haven’t wanted to.

I guess, really, I haven’t wanted to. Nothing has caught my attention or made me want to blog.

I’ve been writing. And reading. A lot of reading. I am tackling an audio book for the first time and not sure if I like it or not. But considering I read about 3-4 books at a time, it’s been helpful 🙂

That said, I don’t have time or feel like writing any more today 🙂 Until next time …..

I am not who I say I am: Impostor Syndrome

I call myself a writer. 

Some days, this is true. Other days, I am an impostor.

Over the past few days, I have listened to a few podcasts and read a few articles about Impostor Syndrome. This can be applied to any situation, but these specifically were geared toward writers. Most writers deal with this. If they haven’t, they’re lucky. But I am sure somewhere between birth and being on the NY Times Best Seller list, it has occurred, at least once.

What is Impostor Syndrome? It’s simple. I am not who I say I am. I am pretending to be a writer, but we all know that there is no way anyone would want to read anything I write. I am a fool to believe that they would. And if they did, no one would like it. They would question why I am even writing it.

That is Impostor Syndrome. The lack of confidence, the loathing and self doubt that is present with my writing. Of course it’s not true. I am a writer. People have read my book and some have asked when my next one will be done. (I have no idea, by the way. Hopefully by the fall.)

How do you deal with it? You just try to ignore it. I’ll have ten minutes, ten hours, ten days that I may have this … and then it goes away and it comes back.

By definition, an impostor is: one that assumes false identity or title for the purpose of deception.

Be assured I would not deceive you. I only lie to myself about my capabilities as a writer. I know in my heart my strengths and weaknesses. The impostor may sometimes take over, but the real me will always win.