Like all craftspeople, writers need to keep a bag of tricks handy. A set of tools for the job (writing), if you will. Some of these traits or tools are obvious--like the need to have a hide as thick as a brick, for instance. Some are not. This month, I've been challenged to do a post every day of the week (excluding Sunday) that begins with a letter of the alphabet. I'm going to use this challenge to examine some of those necessary writing tools, both conventional and not. Hold on to your #2 pencil, here we go!
NOTE: I've added a page dedicated to my A to Z Writer's Toolbox posts. I figured I'd soon have a bunch of these things and it'll make it easier for you to browse any of the letters you might have missed. You can find a link to the page under the, "MORE STUFF" heading at the top of the right-hand column of this page.
P is for perspective
Hello Amigos and Amigas! Today is my birthday, and as such I felt that there is perhaps no more relevant writing tool for me to feature than perspective. Not POV perspective, but life perspective.
You see, I love writing, and that includes this blog. I'm also very fond of the people who keep up with it as well. Consequently, I sometimes feel guilty if I don't update as often as I should or if neglect my daily writing routine/goals.
However, the writing life is a marathon, not a sprint. It's about paying your daily dues and slowly cultivating ideas into creations. It isn't going to be conquered in a day or even a month. Furthermore, as seriously as I take my aspirations, I take my personal happiness (and that of my loved ones) that much more seriously.
So today I'm keeping that perspective in mind and taking my birthday off.
Hope you're all well and making good progress in writing and in life. I'll join you tomorrow! :-)