When I tell people that I’m a writer, judging from their reactions, I’m almost positive that they imagine my life to mirror that of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City, living this fascinating semi-luxury NYC cosmopolitan lifestyle. That couldn’t be any further from the truth though. Saying that you have your own site or saying you’ve been featured on XYZ publication sounds so much better to the person on the other side of the paper/computer reading your work.
I wish I had a incredibly inspiring story to tell about how my career in writing came about but I don’t. I literally woke up one day and said “I think I want to give this writing thing a chance” and, here I am. I know that sounds a bit off but it’s the honest truth. After taking a marketing elective where creating a blog was a semester long project, I found out that I did have a talent after all and from that birthed astoldbymika.com. I’ve always been a pretty good writer, academic wise and been known to write a poem or two in my younger years. You can also always count on me to find a grammatical error or two in a textbook, scholarly journal, street sign, etc.; I guess it just sort of came natural to me. I’m still always surprised (but very grateful) by the amount of support that I have gotten over the months. Thank you.
Of course there are many things to love about being a writer. There are events that you get to attend, brands and amazing people to connect with and the chance to express your thoughts amongst an audience of hundreds, thousands and millions of people. You become this voice of a group of people, whether small or large, and it’s such a great feeling. You to some extent become addicted to seeing your name in the by-line. No writer can deny that.
[Tweet “Writing don’t come easy”]. Writers and all creatives alike can tell you what a horrible experience it is to have a creative block. It’s literally like a part of you has been drained or come up totally missing, especially when a creative block puts a block on your coins. When your mind just won’t pour out creativity as it sometimes do, you start to search helplessly high and low for just an ounce of inspiration. You’ll read, you’ll go for long walks, exercise, surf everything known to man on the web and for hours, days, maybe even weeks, not one valuable thing comes to mind; and you know putting out some fluff just for the sake of buying time is not your best option, though you may consider.
I usually find I suffer from creative block when my mind is all over the place. When its too many things going on in my personal life, my creative life suffers tremendously. Creativity, in any form, to me is a pure reflection of the artists journey in every sense of word; when the current state of your journey is a bit rocky, you can definitely see that reflected in your creative work. I guess the bumps and blocks are just a part of the process. For now, I’ll just work on placing myself around people, places and things that inspire me and my writing every day of my life.
At this current moment I am vacationing in Cali and starting to feel much more inspired than I was a few days ago back East. Stay tuned!
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