November is the Month for Writers

Every November, I feel a buzzing inside of me that says “this is your month to write your best work”.  Maybe because it is National Novel Writing Month, I always feel the need to stir up the passion of writing in this month and give way to the temptation of late night writing sessions.  I really take the time to focus on new ideas, and sit in front of my laptop for hours until i get all of the words out that I need to.  I take the good and bad that comes with what it means and takes to be considered a writer; it is not for those who think typing words is easy.

Writers are storytellers, they are make-believers, most of all, they are great liars.  Writers have the ability to have the exciting job of telling lies (or sometimes exposing truths).  Believe it or not, it takes a lot to make up a really good story.

Writing is a labor.  It is truly a task and a talent to have.  You first have to have the dedication to put forth the effort to sit in front of your notebook, or your laptop and get the words out.

Next, you have to appreciate to self-criticism.  Anyone can provide feedback, but none is as brutal as a writer critiquing themselves.  But you have to learn to take that criticism, and use it as fuel to do better.  Use that criticism to tell yourself “you know you can write better, so do it.  Write better.”

Writing is also painful.  Sometimes, raw emotions come out of writing.  Sometimes stories get intertwined with fact and fiction, and it causes some of the realest emotions you can ever imagine.  You become one with the story; sometimes you feel like you may actually be living the story.  And sometimes that story causes a lot of pain and anguish.  That’s when you know it’s real.

But, beneath that hard and solid exterior, once you get into the good parts, you will find that writing is a release, a therapeutic getaway, or even an oasis right at your fingertips.

Happy November, and happy writing to all my writers out there. 🖤

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NEW RELEASE- From A Lover’s Mouth

I’m pleased to announce my second published book, a collection of poetry titled, From a Lover’s Mouth!! 

 Take a trip down lover’s lane, with a collection of poetry that highlights some of the highs and lows of one of life’s most complex avenues; love.

In this short compilation, Whitney explores some of the experiences anyone can encounter when dealing with love; love that feels good, bad and even indifferent.

This is poetry from a lover’s mouth.

 

Autographed copies of my book are available for pre-order in the in Shop link now! Use the code “FREESHIP17” to get FREE SHIPPING on ALL PURCHASES!!  The deal is going on from now until 7/18!!

You can also purchase From a Lover’s Mouth using the following links:

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Essay #9, Writing and Taking Leaps of Faith

Sometimes you can’t find anything to write about, except the process of writing itself.  As you all know, I have been completing a  challenge that is hashtagged #52essays2017.  It is basically where I write one essay a week for the entire year.  So far, I’m nine weeks into the new year, which means I am 9 weeks into writing essays.  What I thought would be an overwhelming feat, is actually pretty exciting and eye-opening for me.

When I was first notified of this challenge, it immediately intimidated me.  I thought to myself, “there is no way I will be able to write 52 essays.”  Because of this, I slept on it, and told myself that if I never take a leap and try something that I think is virtually impossible, how will I ever know if it truly was impossible?  I decided at that moment, that #52essays2017 would not only help me accomplish what I thought was impossible, but also help me grow and develop as a writer; which is the most important thing to me.

Taking on this challenge has also helped me learn something about myself; something I probably never would have admitted to myself before.  I never take leaps when the opportunity presents itself.  The old  me (more like the 2016 me) would have saw this  opportunity and ran in the opposite direction.  I would have focused on the  reasons  why I couldn’t do it,  instead of the  reasons that it would benefit me in  the long  run.  I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to prove to myself  that I could push myself as a writer.

Writing essays was never something I thought I could be good at, but through this  experience and  finding other writers and  bloggers; I have noticed  that  I am not alone.  I  am not the only one who has writing  growing pains, or has bouts of intense  writer’s block or horribly (at least what we think, lol) written blog posts or essays.  I am in a community of human writers, who also have taken a leap to push themselves past what they think was their maximum point,  and writing at least once a week about anything we put our minds to.

This essay in particular counts number nine.  I still cannot believe  I’ve successfully completed nine essays that range from talking about my family to my  career.  What I thought was going to be difficult, has actually been a pretty fun challenge to take on.  I gave myself a challenge to write an essay, read three essays, and follow at least two other WordPress bloggers from this point on.  I have read some great essays that have either sparked ideas for myself to dive into or touched me on a personal level.

Challenges like this really help you to realize and discover that there are so many great writers in this world.  Some of the most wonderful storytellers are out there, writing blog posts and personal essays, sharing their innermost thoughts and memories. I’m proud to say that almost three months later, I am still amongst those willing to find the words to keep telling my stories.

This week, I dedicate this post to those who are still holding on to the process; and still allowing this journey to push our boundaries, help us grow and push past our comfort zone and find a new level of growth.

This post is for all the writers who are still writing, despite the challenges that the writing process may face.  We’re in this to  win it!  Don’t give up, we got this! nine down, 43 to go!

To take a sneak peek at any of my previously read essays, check out the links below:

Week #1 – The  Intro
Week #2 – Finding Our Way Back
Week #3 – A True Love at First  Sight
Week #4 – Social Media  Addicts  Anonymous
Week #5 – Ramblings
Week #6 – A Lesson on Lying
Week #7 – Social Work: Helping Others Turn the  Page
Week #8 – The Awkward Bird