Crossing the line and converting personal experience to fictional writing is a paralyzing fear, but why?
I’m going to be honest. I call myself a writer, but I’m not really.
Sure, I’ve spent years writing on my various blogs and crafting random short stories and tidbits of ideas, but I’m not a published author and I’ve sold all of one article in my life to a magazine… and that was an article about photography.
Does the lack of being a “published author” mean I’m not a writer?
That’s just another label, isn’t it? A label and…
I know, that’s a pretty bold statement considering most research shows that as of 2020 over 3.6 BILLION people are using social media worldwide. But I think we are at the very early stages of seeing a big shift, and ultimately death, of big social media as we know it now.
Currently, social media seems to be dominated by the big three, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Naturally, there are a whole bunch of other options, TikTok, Reddit, and so many others, but for this article, I’m just going to use the “big three” as our example.
When they first made…
Why “writing what you know” is stifling your growth as a writer. Here’s a better way to see true growth and find your writing voice.
One of the most common bits of advice I’ve seen for people trying to learn and grow as a writer, well aside from “write every day”, is that you should write what you know. But if you’re looking to learn and grow as a writer, this is actually incredibly bad advice.
What does it mean to “write what you know”?
For most of us we think about those things we feel we have some level…
On a recent episode of Creative Pep Talk Podcast, there is a snippet of conversation in which they talk about the significance of a pin that the guest is wearing that says “I have seen the future”.
Go listen to the episode, I’ve linked it above.
But the gist is that these pins were created back in 1939–40, amidst complete world turmoil with the Great Depression and World War II, as a memento of an exhibit at the Worlds Fair. …
I heard a line the other day that has really stuck with me. The context of where I heard it isn’t really important, but the line was:
“Sometimes you hear things and think… that’s UNBELEIVABLE” -Dave Matthews
I’m a pretty observant person. Photography has allowed me to really take notice of things around me, things that most people don’t ever see as they go about their day.
Those little moments where the light is just right, dancing across a wall in the morning. Or moments when certain colors or patterns line up in an interesting way.
But, I realized after…
Some day I’d like to make something amazing.
I enjoy seeing all of the amazing work that my friends are making. Incredible work ranging from physical items crafted by hand to brilliant bodies of photography/video work.
Then I look at what I’ve made, what I’ve shared, what I have “coming up soon for release”… and it’s just not AMAZING on that same level.
Sure, I remind myself not to compare my work to their highlight reel. But I also look at my proverbial “highlight reel” and, well, it’s very forgettable.
So, I think and plan. Searching for a thread running…
Everyone wants to build a style. Build their unique brand. Find a way to stand out.
We stress over it, struggle with comparing our work to the work of others we look up to. Try to “discover” an approach to our work that is going to let people look at us and say they can see our unique style.
Why do we waste our time on this?
I saw a great quote from the always amazing Dave Grohl.
“No two musicians sound the same.”
It’s true. Even if you sat them down and let them play the exact…
As a photographer, it wasn’t always obvious why I needed to learn how to write well. After all, a good image should stand on its own, shouldn’t it? We shouldn’t have to explain the photo to a viewer if we’ve done our job in crafting our photograph.
To a certain degree, this is true. The photograph needs to be able to speak to a viewer. Story elements that we want to convey should be carefully arranged and presented so that the viewer can more easily connect with the deeper meaning behind the photo.
I also know that there are MANY…
How many times have you hit play on a favorite movie or album? We’ve all done it, for our favorites, probably a thousand times. But when was the last time to hit play with the intention of really studying what it is you’re watching or listening to?
I’ve long admired and enjoyed film and album reviews. I always thought it would be amazing fun to be able to get paid to watch movies or listen to albums with a critical eye. Spend time breaking down the good, bad, and ugly of a particular piece of cinema or music.
I’ve been writing on blogs in some format since back in 2006 and while I may not be “well known” or “famous” as a blogger or writer, I’ve learned a few things along the way.
The biggest problem I see with so many people, myself included as I went on this journey all those years ago, is that we let the idea of writing an article intimidate us.
It’s not surprising really. We spend all those years in school learning to write papers for teachers in which we had to be comprehensive. …