Playing can develop our confidence by helping us feel we have control over our world. And just as importantly, it teaches that life can be fun. But as adults we often don't play enough. "There are more vital things to be done!" we tell ourselves. Yet psychologists like Jean Piaget have argued that play is vital to development. Well, if this is true, then surely it can help us develop our craft as writers too
I love using a simple notebook. I invest in one I really enjoy, focusing on the feel of the pages, the texture of the cover, and the lightness of the book (I like to carry it in my bag). Then, when I'm moved to, I fill it with scribbles, jotting down ideas and inspirations as they come.
But it's more than a tool, this notebook I invest in. It helps me to always be an active writer, no matter where I am, no matter what I'm doing. By training my focus on "art in every moment", I live a writer's life. And that's part of my own writerly self-esteem.
As writers, we often do our very best work when we're living in the moment, spilling truth onto the page. After all, inhabiting the present rather than rushing ahead in time is important when we're crafting our work. When we're truly in the moment, the work can come alive. But how can we stay in the present while the Internet keeps prodding, the phone keeps ringing, the kitchen needs cleaning, the boss needs that report?
Feeling shy is natural for many of us. And it isn't anything to be ashamed of. But shyness can seem hard to overcome when we network with people we've never met, or stand at the podium and read our work to others. More than that, once your book is published, by either an established publisher or your own self, you will need to meet people, if you want to sell lots of copies
If you keep losing your energy, or you’re sapped because of high expectations, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Though critiques can be most helpful, too many of them can leave us depleted, as can the sense that you’ll “never” complete your project or tap the readership you desire. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to give you and your work a pep. Here are just a few of them.