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Keep #Writing. No Matter What.

Writers and poets have been persecuted throughout history because words have power. Ideas, and the words that carry them, are dangerous. We have the knowledge and the skills and we shall wield our pens as swords in defense of the vulnerable. - Day Al-Mohamed

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Impostor Syndrome, the Bane of #Writers Everywhere

Imposter-Syndrome-MouseWe’ve all been there. That feeling that suddenly someone is going to come up and say, “I don’t know who let you in, or who said you could call yourself a creative, but you don’t belong. Get out.”  And they say it loudly, so everyone in the crowded room that is made up of everyone you ever knew can clearly hear. And THEN you realize not only are you a crappy writer, but also that you’re naked.  Or wait, is that a different dream?

So how do you fight Impostor Syndrome?  Well, fortunately for us, Awesomely Luvvie has an answer. Complete with gifs!

I’ve included some of her bullet points for you tl;dr folks but seriously, the full post is totally awesome and worth every word. 🙂  Also, don’t forget to check out some of her other stuff!

Imposter Syndrome is liar, and too many of us have accepted it as truth. How do we fight it? How do we kick it out of our heads, or at least turn the volume down?

I remind myself that:

  1. I’m not the best. I don’t have to be. I am enough.
  2. I’ve worked my ass off. At the minimum, that hard work has earned me a ticket in.
  3. Knowing that there are subpar and mediocre ass people out there who still think they belong in the room that your EXCEPTIONAL ass thinks you don’t deserve to be in.
  4. Even if I happen to be in the room by accident, and by no doing of my own, I AM IN THAT ROOM. It is no longer an accident.

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Video Saturday: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Writing Marvel’s Black Panther

This week’s video is not specifically writing advice, but I definitely wanted to hear this and so y’all are getting it too. Considering the popularity of the character in the latest Captain America: Civil War I have a feeling a lot more folks are going to learn about T’Challa.

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Writing and Anxiety

Yup, I’m having a bout of writing anxiety. I even took 3 naps this weekend to avoid working on my writing. How is THAT for anxious? But I had a great video conference call with a couple of other writers. Not specifically for this but more as a way for us to motivate each other generally, share our knowledge, skills, and push us towards our goals. The discussion reminded me of a time a few years ago where I was “sprinting” (doing 15 minute writing jaunts) every day. That year I had almost 30 short stories completed. The following year was my “most published.” Since then, I think the not-writing has lead to anxiety that EVERY WORD must be worth something, must mean something, and that is just too much pressure so my productivity has plummeted as my stress has skyrocketed. Thus, today’s quote.

Write until it becomes as natural as breathing. Writing until not writing makes you anxious

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#Writing Fire – Audre Lorde Inspires

Audre Lorde Fire Quote

Audre Lorde Fire Quote

Audre Lorde’s Life and Career: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/lorde/life.htm

Poems by Audre Lorde: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/audre-lorde#about

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Image: The Artist against the World #writing #inspiration

Some creative inspiration for today. A great little image that has resonated with almost every creative I’ve shown it to. It’s a sad commentary on the state of affairs for writers, but it is also a gentle message to “stay strong” and remain true to your own vision.

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Image: Artist drawing with figures surrounding her: troll, critic, censor, whiner, petty…

PS I got this from a creative comics (Independent Creators Connection) Facebook group but would love to be able to credit the original artist. If you know who it is please let me know so I can cite them.

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