***It was recently suggested by @aguycalledbloke that I participate in the Truly Inspired Series and answer the questionnaire. I typically don’t post things like this on this blog, but I feel like a few of the questions and answers my be beneficial to you guys. Feel free to share in the comments how you would answer some of the questions!***
1] Blog Name
2] Genre/Blog Style
Technical and Informative writing/writing tips/short stories
3] Blog Age
Author’s Canvas will officially be three months old later this March.
3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?
I realized that I liked to write when I was 15, but I didn’t actually start writing outside of school papers or assignments. I think I started writing for fun when I was about 17 years old.
4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?
I would say I am very sporadic when it comes to creative writing. I get in ruts of writer’s block for sure, but then other times creative and inspirational writing comes to me quite easily. As far as my informational and how-to posts go, I usually have very little difficulty finding the inspiration to write those.
5] How prolific are you in your craft?
I typically post between 1 and 3 posts a day on my blog, and I feel as though I have had success in my blogging endeavors so far. A big part of that success is my followers and the support that I have received from them. The interaction with other bloggers has really promoted my success, and my writing skills have also been enhanced through my posts.
6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?
Right now, I only write on WordPress. I think displaying my writing elsewhere may be an idea for the future though.
7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creator’s block? How do you combat it?
As mentioned above, I do suffer from writer’s block occasionally, and often with creative or fictional writing. One of the first posts I ever wrote on my blog actually goes into the details of writer’s block and lists ideas on combating it. When I get writer’s block, my go to is taking a break or placing myself in a different location or mind set. I also gravitate towards specific TV shows when confronting writer’s block, such as BBC’s Sherlock, and ABC’s Shark Tank. Both of these shows tend to boost my productivity, which, in turn, boosts my creativity.
8] What is your preferred creative form? [writing/photography/poetry/artistry/illustration/design]
As the writer for a writer’s blog, my preferred creative form is writing. Although I do occasionally post poetry pieces on my blog, I really prefer writing that serves a purpose, and that will inform those who read it.
9] How do you arrive at your decision to write/create/invent about what you have chosen as a subject for the piece/s?
I typically get my ideas from the post I am currently writing. For example, when I was writing my recent post on monetizing, I thought of several other topics that would be useful to the same people that would read about monetizing. I like to write posts that can branch off of posts I have already written, and this is where the majority of my topic inspiration stems from. I also enjoy hearing post suggestions from followers, and will almost always follow up on those. My goal is to write useful posts for readers, and hearing suggestions from them and then writing on those topics is a great way to accomplish that goal.
10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?
I almost always write with music on, although, the type of music will change depending on what I am writing. When I am writing a how-to article or an informative post, I can listen to just about anything and not get distracted. Informative writing is my niche, and just about any music style makes me feel productive. However, when I sit down with the goal of creative writing, I almost always need music without lyrics or complete silence to avoid distraction. For me, creative writing or short story writing takes a lot of focus and effort, and music with lyrics is enough distraction to prevent me from finishing a piece.
11] What helps you to create your content? [people/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]
As mentioned before, I get the majority of my content ideas from readers or from my previous posts. However, I do often refer to professional blogs for inspiration and research when writing a few of my posts, and magazine and newspapers can sometimes help as well. With creative writing, I refer to movies and books I have read, trying to mimic how I imagine characters in those stories are feeling, thinking, etc.
12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?
My content stems mostly from the journey of others. Author’s Canvas is a writing how-to and tips blog for the most part, and the message is to provide readers with writing tips to help them build their own writing journey and career. Therefore, I do base my content more on what I feel my readers would appreciate. However, as a relatively new blogger, I am still learning constantly and my content and the research need to create it, sometimes helps me on my writing journey as well.
13] Are there any specific things which enable your creative juices to flow more steadily? [overtired/insomnia/mental health/eating/drinking/smoking/surrounded by color/abstract thoughts and thinking]
I do do the majority of my writing at night. I feel the most productive and energized at this time, and I like going to bed knowing that I just accomplished something. However, other things that boost my creativity are inspirational or productivity-boosting tv shows and books, having just been around people, and reading successful blogs before I sit down to work on my own.
14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
A typical how-to post or informative article will typically take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. However, I am typically very motivated when writing this type of post, and can usually stay focused. With creative writing, I have less motivation and often spend more like 45 minutes to an hour and a half on a post.
15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?
I only post articles that I am pleased with or that I feel are high quality. Receiving acknowledgement from others on WordPress is encouraging because I know that I accomplished the goal I set out to do: inform and help people. I do not by any means think that all of my posts are flawless or the top-of-the-line in my genre, but I do try to write professionally within all of my content.
Finally, what advice would you award writers or creators looking to express themselves and to then display their works to the world?
If you are looking to display your creative writing to the world, first make sure you are proud of it, and feel confident in expressing it. Posting your work, starting a blog, or advertising your writing in any way is only going to be enjoyable if you truly want to do it, so never feel pressured to share. If you do decide to express your writing to others, remain professional and confident, writing only what you want to and nothing more.