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Project Inspire: Encourage Others in Their Writing Journey

I dunno guys. It’s dangerous to give me a tag. Give one to me, and I’ll make it the most hilarious thing ever!” You guys: “Yup. That means she’ll ruin it!” *groans*

Anywho

*coughs*

As I quote from the lovely blogger who nominated me, Jenna TereseThis is kind of like a tag, but it’s a little different. It’s not so much like a fun series of questions. It’s an opportunity to take part in a mission to appreciate, inspire, encourage, and simply spread love to writers everywhere.

So let’s get started!

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The rules…

1. Thank and link back to who’s blog you first saw the tag on; link back to the creator of the tag.

2. Answer the questions given (when you mention a person in your answers, link to their blog/website if they have one)

3. Include 5 of the biggest things you’ve learned about writing, and how they’ve change you.

3. Don’t tag anybody. We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to take part in this. So at the end of your post, leave the open invitation to any of your readers that wants to do the tag.

 

*reads rules*

*re-reads rules*

*re-re-reads rules while flipping out cool spectacles and squinting at the screen and declares:

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Yes I know I used the same GIF last week…YOU’LL NEVER KNOW

OKAY LET’S ACTUALLY GET STARTED!

 

01. Who’s someone who’s inspired and motivated you to pursue writing?

*frowns* huh. Can ‘myself’ count? *gives you a winning look*

Uhhh I’d have to say that one person who’s inspired and motivated me to pursue my writing would be my cousin Gemma. I’ve had the craziest talks on the phone with her, and she probably secretly really hates everything in my book right now, BUT! She’s motivated and inspired me multiple times to keep on writing! 

Even when I read her the introduction to my book, like, 2 years ago, and she raved on and on about it, and then a year later I had this Moment of Truth that MAN that intro was TRASH

(And sorry guys, she doesn’t have a blog, so no links)

 

02. Who encouraged you when you felt like giving up?

*thinks for a moment*

Can I cheat and say Gemma again? 

…*shrugs* I’m just saying…

I don’t think I ever have particularly felt like giving up on my writing because it’s what I love to do, and why would I feel like giving up on that? But if I had any mere doubts they were definitely settled after talking with Gemma. 

 

03. Was there a person (or even a blog post) that came at just the right time to give you the boost or motivation when you needed it?

Hmmmmm…

Abby. Abby at When Words Fly. I was just a newbie at blogging (What da heck are you talking about Mary, you still are???) and I was trying to find helpful posts. 

Abby happened to post one completely at the right time, that seriously boosted me up. I ended up commenting on her blog, and found that her replies were incredibly uplifting and motivational! I felt really energized to write and blog all the more!

And, incredibly, Abby actually wrote a blog post on my questions, which you can read about here!

 

04. Who’s always been there for you, through thick and thin with your writing?

GEMMA AND LIZZY. Do I even have to say another word? Okay yes I do-all my friends have put up with me and through thick and thin in my writing. 

 

05. Who’s helped you make your writing better, wasn’t afraid to give you honest feedback, and helped improve your craft?

*snorts* yes, Julia, you were waiting for your turn. 

Me and Julia are not afraid of openly giving good or bad feedback on our writing, and I suppose I’ve learned a lot from her and when she would basically scream: “Mary, this makes no sense!! BURN IT SOMEWHERE SO NO ONE CAN SEE IT!”

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^ Julia when she hates my writing

 

06. Who’s given you doses of healthy laughter that brightens your day and brings a smile to your face?

 

*laughs giddily* ME!

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Okay FINE!

*sniffs indignantly* 

Me and family. (There, I said someone else other than me! You guys are totally happy now-kay?)

 

07. What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

“Ohh! OHH! OOHHH!” I squeal, as I remember this totally awesome thing that I’ve wanted to tell you guys.

“Mary that is NOT a quote. Be quiet and find a REAL one!”

So I’m not much of a quote person. *shrugs* I mean quotes are cool and all, but I’m not like that.

*sighs* WELL, I actually was gunna say the EXACT same quote as Jenna did, but, *waves hand dramatically* I shall not do so though for varieties sake. 

Okay, personally I would want to throw in a funny quote that’s obviously not a quote, but being a writer I should give you guys a writing quote, but not being a quote-collector or whatever-I-just-don’t-really-look-at-quotes, I don’t have very good quality quotes??? So I found this random one which I shall shove in your face and leave it up to you if you wanna take it seriously, because I CANNOT understand his grammar:

“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”

— R.L. Stine

eesh, people who make quotes have such WEIRD grammar. Note to self if you guys ever make quotes when you’re famous and stuff

 

08. Is there someone you just want to take a moment to thank, for anything?

*pauses while jumping mid-air*

Uhhh…

*blinks*

Um…everyone?

So thank you…everyone. Everyone that I know. Not the ones I don’t. I don’t know everyone. I should stop talking. 

So thank you to EVERYONE I know

 

09. What author and/or book inspired you to write better stories and motivate you to strive to give your message to the world?

*frowns* hmm well here’s the thing

I would sit down to read for a few hours, look up in a daze and be like: Oh NUTS I should be writing my own awesome book, not sitting here reading this other awesome book. 

SOOO basically no book in particular would motivate me to go write because I loved how they wrote the book and it was inspiring, more like it would motivate me to go write because I should’ve been writing instead of reading

 

10. What piece of advice do you want to give to other young writers?

*freezes mid-speech*

*people start gasping as they realize that Mary is a very young writer and how can she be wise? all the wise people have those long beards and stuff-

*clears throat* So guys. LISTEN UP!

I’m going to be a copy-cat of Jenna slightly because this is seriously really important.

Never give up on your writing.

Guess what? Your book, or short story, or basically just how you write in general might suck OR it might be really good.

And both of those are fantastic.

Because, still, either way, you can improve. You can learn. You always will learn. Even the best still learn-there’s a reason why most books in a series get better and better from the first one.

So guys, always be open to knew information. Always keep learning more and more things about writing, and you will get better. 

Even published authors are still learning. So even though you might think your writing sucks, or you know your writing is good; always remember that there’s still lots more to learn. 

 

5 Big Things I’ve Learned About Writing, and How They’ve Changed Me:

 

1. Don’t Just Settle For the First Idea

I’ve been plotting, and I’ve been characterizing, and I’ve been world-building my entire book for MONTHS. So I’m obviously an expert by now.

Basically, I would come up with one cool idea for, lets say for example, the name of a place in your book. It’s a really awesome name called Ice-cream. And you’re sure that everyone will love it! or at least Mary because she’s crazy

But don’t just settle for that. Even though it’s an awesome name, dig deeper and search for more names, and until you’ve found the right one.

Trust me on this one, my Ice-cream names have turned into some really great stuff. Wait, but Mary! YOU SAID THAT YOU LIKED-

 

2. The Moment I Thought I Was an Expert…

Okay, that title sorta lied. I’ve NEVER thought of myself as an expert writer period. 

But I remember once, after reading thousands of blog posts on writing, and learning so many interesting things that I never had heard before, I remember having this vague impression that I’d probably covered most everything I could know about writing. I never thought it outright, but some reason I kind of had that thought?

Luckily, though, I kept my options open, and checked out some writing books from the library that bloggers at recommended. 

As I started to read, I realized how little I truly knew about writing. 

It was sort of shocking-how could there possibly be any more to learn after I’ve covered SO. MUCH. (And yeah guys, I had covered a lot before. But I’d only skimmed the surface)

A few days ago, some of those books that I’d checked out were bought and arrived. 

So guys, this is basically me going into the backstory of how I learned to keep my options open. I hope you guys do to.

 

3. Go At Your Own Pace

I know, this sounds a bit obvious.

But sometimes, to us crazy writers, it’s not.

I used to feel kind of like I wasn’t doing as much as I should’ve been doing with my writing when I sat down to read. All these other bloggers were acing thousands of words a day, and I hadn’t even touched my book! 

So basically I felt pressured into writing. And this is really bad. 

You might not have as much time as those other writers, you might have busy weeks, or maybe even more important things that call you away from your book-and that is SO fine. 

Although it feels like you aren’t doing much-you’re only going to write best when you’re happy and relaxed-not stressed and pressured. 

So, go with your flow. Go at your pace. And you’ll reach the end of your book precisely whenever you do!

 

4. Listen to Other People’s Thoughts 

This doesn’t always mean that other people will be right. But when you give your writing to your beta readers (and yes, you should have beta readers!) make sure you look at all their thoughts and really try and see what you can do with it. Others will view your story a completely different way from how you see it. 

 

5. It’s Not About Word Count

So this would almost feel like #3 a bit, and in a way I suppose it’s slightly related. But here’s the deal: I remember one day, about a year ago, when I was typing this really cool scene in my book and I my hands were a blur on the keyboard. Annndd my eyes kept darting to the word count. 

I ended up adding in some ridiculous sentences just so that I could have a bigger, more glorious word-count. 

Did that help my book? No.

Word-count doesn’t matter. I mean, YES, I LOVE talking about my word count, because it makes me feel like I’m really getting somewhere, and it’s nice to look at it, but it’s not the main thing. The ‘thing’ is how good your book is. And adding in extra stuff just for a higher word-count aint gunna make it better.

Think of it this way: When readers sit down to read your book, will they care about your word count? NOPE! And while they’re reading your book-honestly think to yourself-can the reader see my word count? NOPE!

So in answer to those questions: If the reader doesn’t care, then it’s OUT!

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So! I shall quote Jenna now to finish this long post off:

If you’re feeling bold (and in a non-introvert mood 😉 ), contact authors and other writers via their contact pages to invite them to join the project. Go out there and inspire, encourage, and motivate! 😀

 

Do you guys wanna hear the quote I was gunna tell you? *wink, wink*

Are these tips and experiences helpful, and can you relate to them?

Are you guys gunna go contact some writers to do this?

 

I hope you enjoyed this (LONG) post! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading!

Mary

 

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Project Inspire: Encourage Others in Their Writing Journey”

    1. Thank youu!! I know right? It was kind of hard to stop staring at the word count, but the realization helped a lot! I’m glad it helped you to!

      Oh WOW! Thank you SO much for the nomination! I’ll look into it and see how soon I can post it!! 😊

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  1. I was reading this post and I LOVED it. I was scrolling through the comments and realized no one said yes, Mary I want to hear the quote. I have no idea why, so I’m doing it. YES Mary I REALLY NEED to hear the quote. But I just realized you might not even remember it. So, *shrugs* that might not work out. I might just have to live in suspense for the rest of my life. 😧 *internally screaming* Oh, well. (You could just make up another one. :).)

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    1. Thank you SO much, Maggie! Oh my goodness, I remember feeling sad no one asked that 😂 Hehehe I can’t even believe it, but I actually DO remember it. It was a quote from this movie called Bolt where one of the main characters-a hamster-says: Ring, ring! Who’s there? Destiny? I’ve been expecting your call.” Funny quote 😆 I think the only reason I didn’t include it was because there was no gif of it. Anyway, thank you for asking me!

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