Writers are an intriguing sort of person. To an outsider, we look solitary; creatures of quiet contemplation. But we know, when we’re writing, that we are surrounded, and filled with the voices and lived stories of a myriad of people – our characters. Still, to be so wholly absorbed in an activity, especially one that exists outside of reality, means that writers need to spend some time practicing self care.
Continuing my series, Friday Favourites, I’ll be discussing my favourite short stories.
My first experience with short stories was in English Language Arts classes in junior high, so unsurprisingly my enjoyment of them was tainted by that association for quite a while. Still, I’ve been very pleased to find many short stories, available for free on Tor, or Clarksworld etc… . I find them to be excellent lunchtime reads, as well as an excellent introduction to new authors (and thus, a highly effective marketing tool!) Here are three of my recent favourites:
Procrastination is the enemy of writers, and really anyone who needs to get work done. Still, it happens to the best of us. Here are three ways I find it helpful to counter procrastination when writing:
Curiosity is one of the most delightful, and also profound emotions that we can experience. It is what enables us to move forward in our lives, to explore the world around us, and to keep seeking new information, new ideas, and new stories.
For the past several years I’ve made writing goals, which have led to varying degrees of success, but most of all have given me something to work towards. You can read my 2015 goals here, and my 2016 goals here.