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See any care plans, options and policies that may be associated with this product. Email address. Please enter a valid email address. While I read, I write, and as I write, I read. DeMarco-Barrett makes me feel as if I really can become a writer. She is always using a positive tone of voice, and never once says anything negative about becoming a writer.
Putting yourself out there, even if it ends in rejection, is a strong message resonating from the book.
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She describes the road she took to become a writer and how the process does not always start with instant gratification, even though me, and many other writers may put unrealistic expectations on ourselves to get it right the first time. In the end, she says it is about overcoming the fear that can hold you back, and I am the biggest example of how being fearful can lead to procrastination.
I have always wanted to start writing, and even to start a blog, but I kept putting it off because I was afraid that it would not be well received. DeMarco-Barrett provides prompts for the reader, asking you to set aside time yourself and just write whatever comes to mind based on that prompt. These prompts all relate to the chapter they follow and are meant to be a way to practice writing without judgment from peers and yourself. The exercises are meant to be a stress-free, beneficial way to warm up to the process of writing. I have not attempted any of the exercises as I feel it would be best to read the book in its entirety first, and then go back and do them.
I am excited to see if they will help me expand my creativity and provide me with the confidence to start writing more. Suggestions are also given on where to go to get away and work. As soon as I read this suggestion, all I could do was imagine myself in a little cottage at Big Sur sitting at a desk and writing.
The author also suggests other ideas like going to a coffee shop or another place that you grow to associate as places just for writing. These suggestions are especially interesting to me since I live in a small condo with my significant other and a puppy and always seem to be distracted and without a space to call my own. I will start scouting out possible places close to where I live as soon as possible.
Distractions seem to be my greatest downfall in the writing process. With my long workdays and home full of distractions, it is so easy to want to do something other than write in any spare time I do have. Before I know it, I am watching a Netflix movie and then the day is gone without a word written.
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She suggests keeping T. A dirty atmosphere to write in can also lead to distraction—clothes, books, and paper all over the place can make tapping into your creativity even more challenging—so it is better to keep up with housework in order to help clear the mind. These are aspects of the writing process that I had not even thought of, but once I cleaned my condo, I started to feel more inspired and actually got some writing done.
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