7 Ideal Ways For Women Writers To Resume Writing
In a writing rut? Let these tips help you out!
Women sacrifice so much for their families. And after kids, it becomes impossible to focus on yourself. You used to love to write. It was your passion! But now your plate is full. You have no time to pick up something you like between the rest of your responsibilities.
The dilemma of working on your writing or maintaining your family leads many aspiring women writers to leave writing for good. We are not suggesting you stop taking care of your family, instead, take a break now and then, and work on your writing. Your family will understand! There is no harm in taking the risk if it brings some good. Have you decided to take the risk? Great! We have just what you need: seven ideal ways to get restarted in writing.
1. Choose Your Genre
The first thing you need to focus on is what genre piques your interest. If you choose to write a memoir of a famous person, then consulting a complete guide on writing a memoir from a reliable publishing house will be helpful. You can also focus on genres such as thrillers, history, fiction, or romance, etc.
2. Consider Writing as Work
It may be a hobby, and you are just writing to publish anywhere. Don’t forget; writing is work! No published writers have ever managed to print out their writing without giving endless hours of labor. Give your writing the love and labor it needs to be successful. Women writers like you are artists, and our literary world would not be the same without you.
3. Express Yourself in Writing
Many women are reluctant to express themselves. But if you don’t understand your feelings, how will you portray your protagonist? You have to give life to the protagonist through your feelings. Stepping into somebody else’s thoughts can be an excellent trick to use. Try thinking like a psychologist. Ask yourself, “Who is my protagonist? What does she do? What is her personality?” Now try to figure out the answers.
4. Make-up Deadlines
You can be writing for years and not getting anywhere. There’s no benefit in that. Finishing a book is far more satisfying. To avoid writing for a lengthy time, create your schedule. Assign yourself strict deadlines. Moreover, if you have the capability, hire a good editor to help you out. A good editor can be a great mentor!
5. Find Your Quiet Place
Writing comes smoothly when you have calm and comfortable surroundings. You can go to a local coffee shop or library to hang out for a couple of hours during the day. Are you not willing to leave your house? Find your safe place in your home and leave a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door during work hours. If you have kids, hire babysitters for a couple of hours.
6. Find Support
Social media is filled with aspiring women writers like yourself that you can connect with. Reach out to them and join a community together. Go out and attend authors’ readings or book signings. Helping build your community or writer friends can help keep you on track and accountable, and can also give you advice or help when it comes to the editing and publishing aspects of your book!
7. Love What You Do
If you don’t enjoy what you write, you need to rethink your steps. Take a step back and organize your thoughts. Writing is your power. It shouldn’t stress you out. If you don’t love a genre, skip it! Writing about something you love and are passionate about will yield a much better outcome - and you'll have more fun doing it!
Get Inspired By Other Amazing Women Writers
Women writers are conquering the world. They are winning over all the odds and moving forward to writing prize-winning novels. These women are here to inspire. We've listed a few of these woman writers below, and we encourage you to check them out!
First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung: The book tells the incredible life story of the writer, which was later made into a movie in 2017 by Angelina Jolie.
Givers of Wisdom, Labourers Without Gain by Dr. Alice Aruhe’eta Pollard (ed. Anthony R Walker): This book describes the situation of women in the Solomon Islands, exploring different case studies, and concludes with Women’s Welfare Division Strategies.
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (2005 winner of Women’s Prize for Fiction): The author wrote a terrifying murder novel about the protagonist’s son who had likely killed his classmates.
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (2018 winner of Women’s Prize for Fiction): The author of this book describes the struggle of sacrifice and integrity and highlights how easily young people can fall into traps laid out by others. The author has successfully integrated political, romance, and domestic fiction into one book.
We hope this article gave you enough inspiration and support to restart your writing. Remember this in your heart, nobody will give you power, nor will they be able to take it away, except for yourself. Earn it and move forward!
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