The Fraudulent Writer | Prose | 22 Blog Series

There’s nothing worse than feeling like a fraud. Telling people you’re something, an ideal, that you haven’t been in a very long time.

I am a writer.

Lies, all lies. Haven’t been one of those for months now. And months, inside the head of a strangled creative, is a lifetime when you can’t express yourself. Everything comes out harsh and dramatic and whiny. You and the keyboard aren’t talking anymore. You can’t bring yourself to open your manuscript and stare at words a past version of you typed and labored and loved.

The world is in a funk, that grey mess of a cloud; your brain turning to soup. Like an addict, your cells are dying the longer you pretend to live a normal life. That 9-5er day in day out dragging you down into the mundane abyss of the working age. Any attempt to take yourself back to your own personal Renaissance ends in a self-hating war that lasts days.

Nothing happy sticks.

Not being able to get out of bed in the morning, even though there is nothing officially wrong with your life, no one understands. That sinister melancholy clutching onto your skin like a cheap shower gel that won’t wash off. No amount of scrubbing or crying or screaming is going to get that melancholy off.

Not until you get the fuck out of your own head. GET OUT! Stop being a liar, a fraud claiming to be creative! Stop being the one that can’t see past the cloud. Where’s your curiosity? Run through the fog, arms flailing, singing along to stupid songs that make you want to dance.

You always want to write when you’re happy. And that boy is making you happy. You’re just being stubborn. So stop being a misog. Go and fucking write.

 

Read the rest of the 22 Blog Series here. 

You Should Write EVERYWHERE

Writing is a lifer consumer. It swallows you up and spits out a socially-confusing creative who can’t pick a favourite book.

Writing is a forever-thing. It’s not a hobby that you pick up in your thirties for a few years and then move on. It’s part of you. Like an arm. You will always have that arm.

Writing should be somewhere in your head all day. Whether it’s when you’re out with your friends, and you tell a great story – you should write it down in a journal. Or when you’re buying a new notebook, you imagine all of the amazing words you will feel those pages with. And what those words could turn in to. 

I write in the shower. On the shower screen with my hands. I sketch and I write and sing and have conversations. I tell stories – as a writer, that’s my job. But it’s a privilege to do so I do it whenever I can.

I am obsessed with writing (not with words, I’m not one of those writers.) You should be obsessed with the things you love, because you’d be amazed what passion can do to a piece of writing.

‘Writers Are People Too’ is out!

Writers Are People Too is now out on Kindle – only 89p!

Writers Are People Too Cover

Click here to be taken to the e-book page. 

Blurb:

Writers are people too! They have every day lives as well as their writing careers. This collection contains articles and poetry about writers lives, the words, the everyday and the normal.

It also includes tips for writers such as: How To Edit Your Novel and How To Be a Professional Writer.

Info:

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LEU4MEK

 

Writers Are People Too – Cover Launch

Writers Are People Too Cover

Here is the cover for my new e-book, Writers Are People Too.

Blurb:

Writers are people too! They have every day lives as well as their writing careers. This collection contains articles and poetry about writers lives, the words, the everyday and the normal.
It also includes tips for writers such as: How To Edit Your Novel and How To Be a Professional Writer.

 

Release Date:

July 1st 2014 on Amazon Kindle. Click here to be taken to my Amazon page. 

Writers Are People Too (In Progress)

I’m working on a collection of articles and poetry called Writers Are People Too, and I’m pretty excited.

After I postponed Searching For Katherine, I decided the best way to take a step back from the novel was to take a break from fiction for a while. And so, I am spending my summer writing articles and poetry, and exploring my recently developed strong-arm that is the world of non-fiction.

Writers Are People Too is pretty self-explanatory: it’s about how writers have lives outside of their writing careers. Many of us have dipped a toe into sharing this with the world via life-blogs (mine’s called The Life Of A 19-Year-Old Author) and it’s been pretty successful.

Writers Are People Too Cover

The non-fiction eBook will cover everything from society to personal relationships to how we live our day-to-day lives.

Writers Are People Too is humourous, but ultimately true. It’s written by a writer, about writers, for writers – and the general public. I won’t be spilling any trade secrets, but giving the world a chance to remember that writers are people too.

If you can think of anything that you think should be included, comment below, or Tweet Me @melissaholden94