If you’re looking for something to boost your writing mojo, grab a copy of Grant Faulkner’s Pep Talks For Writers*.
Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month, so he knows his shit! More relevant to creative writers and, in particular, those embarking on November’s #NaNoWriMo (write 50,000 words in 30 days), there’s still a lot of useful info here bloggers/non-fiction writers.
He touched on something that I think of a lot and have trouble saying out loud: you don’t need permission to be a creator – you’re a writer because you write, regardless of whether or not you’ve actually been published. I still find it hard to refer to myself as a writer.
There are a lot of writer life lessons here that I can easily embed into my life as a blogger (in fact, I ditched the dishes in order to write this post!), such as identifying your own creative process and making it a routine, building a creative community and focusing on what inspires you.
Faulkner also touched on two big issues in blogging: comparison and imposter syndrome, something which I think a lot of us struggle with.
I have to admit, I was expecting something a bit more like Creative Pep Talk, which I reviewed earlier this year, but I suppose it makes sense to have something more focused on copy and less on the way things look – although I think the book would have benefited from more firsthand accounts and top tips/inspiration from other writers.
It’s easy to get stuck in a writing rut or to lose your way a bit in terms of content and/or scheduling but I’ve found the trick is to paraphrase one of Jenson’s favourite films and just keep writing!
If you’ve just kicked off Blogtober and are wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into, or are planning ahead for Blogmas, there’s a lot to inspire you in Pep Talks for Writers (out on Tuesday). I’ve also got a separate post coming next week on how I find the time to blog daily, so pop back soon!
*I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes and all thoughts are my own