Everyone faces hardship. In different degrees and at different stages in our lives—we all deal with something hard and uncomfortable. It comes into our lives and tests us. Jabbing and jabbing and jabbing at our ribs with a pointed finger until we feel overwhelmed and unsure.
Reading—and reading a lot—can help every writer. You don’t have to be an aspiring novelist to get value out of reading. So, I’ve decided to revisit my all-time favourite books and explore what it was that I loved about them at different points in time in my life. Which books make your favourites list?
I have the winning ticket. I am holding it in my hands. My body is keeping me upright as I stare in shock at the small, yellow stub of paper between my fingers. I feel somewhat like Charlie, grasping hold of Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. There are numbers on the ticket; numbers that have the potential to whisk me away to Kenya for 10 days, but I can’t really see them
Writing is cathartic and relaxing and a fantastic creative outlet. But it’s also hard and painful, making it pretty easy to give up on. If you really don’t want to give up on it, or if you’ve been writing and writing and don’t feel like you’re making progress or are feeling stuck, here are the steps that I’ve found help keep me on track.