Hi, I’m Alex and I am a writer.
Notice how I said I am a “writer” and not something a little more grand – like, an “author” or a “novelist”.
I refer to myself as a writer because that is all I am at the moment. There have been several times where I find myself beginning a story only to give up on it shortly after.
This could be because I discovered a missing piece of the plot, hit a slump, read over it to find that I hate where the story is heading, or simply found a shiny, new story idea to explore. Or maybe all of the above!
The fact of the matter is I have yet to take the next step in my writing journey. Which kind of sucks considering that becoming an author is kind of on my bucket list…
To me, an Author is…
I have never been a very confident person. In fact, when people try to describe me, the word ‘confident’ doesn’t even come to mind.
But, as an author, I know you can’t really be shy when it comes to your work. There can’t be any rambling of “Y-Yeah, I like it. May not be the best book out there…but it’s something I put a lot of work into! So, maybe there’s a small chance that other people will like it, too…maybe.”
I need to learn what it takes to be confident in my own work before I can upgrade from an aspiring writer to an author. And also, not be so hesitant to brag on it a little bit.
After all, if I don’t seem confident enough to brag about my own work, then what else is going to make people want to read it.
A Creature of Habit
I hear a lot of big time authors describing their “writing routine”. Which, is something that I don’t have.
I am much more of a creature of instinct than one of habit. I find myself writing when I feel like it instead of sitting down and dedicating a certain time to writing.
Now, I’ve tried building a routine before and well, obviously it didn’t stick too well. I’m not really sure why but I do know that even though I can’t seem to stick to a schedule, that doesn’t mean that I still can’t stick to a habit.
I think that by building a habit of writing at least every other day will get me closer to my goal of becoming an author. Now, I’m not too sure on how long it will take for me to build this habit (much less build on to it) but I’ll be damned if I don’t try.
An Avid Reader
I personally believe that the best way to be a better writer is to become an avid reader. There are tons of books out there that you can learn from, gain inspiration from, and, of course, enjoy with a nice cup of coffee.
To be honest, reading (like writing) has been hard for me to prioritize. I don’t really make time for it like I did back when I was in school. And, while I can sit here and whine about how much time I don’t have, the amount I spend watching YouTube or TikTok can testify against that.
I have to admit that recently, I have been making more conscience efforts to read. Like, starting my day off with a chapter from a self-help book or taking a break from my boring day to go on an adventure with a ragtag group of misfits.
I’m not the bookworm I used to be but I can definitely say that I am still a reader.
A Good Student
Speaking of what we can learn from books as a writer, it is also good to mention that an author is a pretty damn good student.
From working on their vocabulary, their sentence structure, and even the way they bounce back from bad reviews – a lot of authors (and writers, in this case) are very good at learning from their mistakes.
I am not quite as good as them nor can I fight the urge to take criticism to heart. Before getting published, most authors had to have someone tear their book limb from limb before giving it to the public – which can be even harsher than some book reviewers out there.
So, yeah, I get my feelings hurt a little but if it means I’m learning how to be a better writer, then bring on the criticism!
Okay, so this last one may have some of you shaking your heads. So, before you type out an essay explaining that not all authors are successful, let me just say – I know.
But, to me that is what I picture an author to be. Successful. Proud of a job well done. And, overall, happy.
That is what I hope to be once I complete this ambitious goal of mine. I want to be able to go around shouting “I’m an author! I’m an author!” and not only be able to prove my statement but also be able to brag a bit about being what I consider successful.
Blogging for me, began with a little site called Just Alex & a Blog. There, I blogged for just the hell of it. I didn’t know what I was doing but I was having fun doing it, that’s for sure. Though, sadly, I put that blog to rest because it simply had no direction. That’s when I decided to start fresh.
This is pretty much all I want to do now a days. All throughout my childhood, I wrote stories about faraway lands with fire-breathing dragons and some pretty awesome delicacies, if I do say so myself. Now that I am older and have a slightly larger vocabulary, I am ready to share some of those stories with others.
As a kid, I loved reading. From fantasy to reality, conquering the cave of books that was my high school library kept me pretty busy. However, ever since I graduated, books and I have become a bit distant. But, don’t worry, we’re slowly working through our issues one page at a time.
Ah, yes, a new hobby of mine. While I am still figuring this one out, I am enjoying it all the same (and so is my fiance, lol). I am still trying to master the basics while also figuring out more adventurous recipes that I pieced together myself. After all, who else is going to bring all of these fantastical sweets to life?
Let’s make something together.
Now that you know a little more about me, feel free to tell me a little bit about yourself! My email and DMs are always open.