Hiya Freshman Writers. Hope this finds you well and writing.

I hadn’t planned on writing today. I planned to rest today. Given the solemnity of the occasion, I really wanted to stay home to rest and reflect. Then a friend of mine over at Mommylink’s asked me to share my 9/11 story. Everyone has one, but as New Yorkers, ours can be very unique.

So, in honor of the many loved ones lost, I encourage you Freshman Writers to write your story. Express your thoughts and feelings about that day. This is how writers live on, through poignant messages and stories. Please come and share them here as well.

9/11 – We will never forget.

Discovering treasures in NYC

Today was spent exploring my NYC with kiddo. We discovered a castle in the middle of Central Park. I didn’t even know it was there.
After seeing that, we went to one of the many ballfields there so that kiddo could play soccer and baseball with the locals and their dads. (The best thing about all of our adventures – it all became fodder for my writing).
As kiddo had fun, I wrote some notes about being a single mom among a group of dads and their boys. I’ll be looking for a market for it when we get home later.
Right now, we’re warming up with some hot chocolate while I write (and study) with kiddo drawing next to me. Not a bad way to spend Good Friday than to enjoy the beauty of my city with my favorite person in the whole world.

Back from Hiatus – Sort of

Hello Freshman Writers! I’m back from a much needed break. Since my last post, I’ve been resting, destressing and spending quality time with kiddo. In addition, I’ve been looking for a new job, which is my biggest challenge. A crazy schedule keeps me from spending quality time with kiddo during the week. So, I’m looking for something better.

I’ve been journaling often and focusing on finding my joy again. If you want to read about it, check out my recent post here. Can you relate?

I will be writing on the site though right now I’m not sure of the schedule. I want to ease back into it while maintaining my joy and peace. So, keep checking back here Freshman Writers for more editorials, quotes and other thoughts for beginning writers. Take care!

Having Faith

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing.

One of the challenges faced by writers of all levels is having faith in one’s ability to write well. We get stuck in “stinkin’ thinkin'” where we reflect on all the negatives of our work. “I can’t do this.” “Why would anyone want to read my article?” “This has already been done.”  I bet you’ve said one or all of these to yourself. I have.

There have been times when I’ve felt that my writing is not good enough; that no one would want to read what I have to share. How do you (and I) grow to have faith in yourself?

1. Think about compliments you’ve received. I kept my school papers and projects with teacher’s positive comments on them. When I need a boost, I read over them and see how good my writing is.

2. Write down all of your good qualities. Sometimes making a list of my positive qualities helps me see that I can do this writing thing. If you can’t think of any, ask your friends and family to let you know what are your best qualities.

3. Visualize yourself as a writer. Part of the reason some writers do not believe in their work is because they do not see themselves as writers. It took me a long time to say “I am a writer” out loud. I came to see myself as a writer after friends and family told me that they saw me as a writer. The faith that they had for me helped me have faith in myself.

4. Read books about it. I found that reading about other writers with the same problem, lack of faith in one’s writing, allowed me to acknowledge my fears and move past them. Two books that I recommend are The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear and Faith of a Writer.  The first book reviews all the things that keep us from writing. The second is one writer’s look at her own writing fears and faith in herself as a writer.

Having faith in yourself will be a challenge that you will face at one time or another. Several times if you’re anything like me. Hopefully these tips and books will help you see what is already there…That you have the tools you need to be a great writer.

Happy Writing!

Take your time

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. This week’s editorial is about taking your time and comes after a day home with my eight year old son.

Kiddo tends to rush through chores and homework to get to the good stuff…watching cartoons. I loved cartoons as a kid so I understood that.My challenge was to get him to do chores and homework without rushing so that he didn’t have to go back to redo them.

Freshman Writers at the beginning of their careers can rush through the writing process to get instant gratification. “I want this now!” as kiddo says when he’d rather not do chores and get to the good stuff.

The benefit of taking your time in writing is that you will learn the process step by step. From coming up with ideas, researching markets for your work, working them into draft form, editing and then sending it out. The writing and publishing process takes time and even though it may take longer than you Freshman Writers may like, it’s better for you.Why?

You won’t have to go back and do the work twice if you establish a good system. Write, rewrite, edit, let the work sit, and then submit. If you find yourself rushing just to see your name published, it won’t happen.

Not only that, but you only have one chance to make a good first impression with editors. And if you think editors don’t talk, think again. It hasn’t happened to me, but I’ve read about writers who were blacklisted because of editors communicating with one another. Writing can be a very small field and you want to maximize your chance to succeed.

Freshman Writers, take your time in learning the craft of writing and publishing. You’ll find that your work will stand out and be recognized.

Happy Writing!