Eight Emotions We Writers Can’t Help But Feel

I remember putting words on paper for the first time when I was eight years old. My younger sibling was bothering me, and I thought an official handwritten letter would compel our mother to take my complaints more seriously. The letter failed to impress her. She laughed because according to her, “there’s nothing in the world that siblings can’t resolve on their own.”

But from that day onward, I started writing — often filling stacks of journals with my thoughts, dreams, and fears. It was soul-satisfying and entertaining! I soon switched to blogging and garnered a decent following with time. I enjoyed writing very much, and always knew I was meant to be a writer.

Fast forward ten years — when the majority of my peers were studying to become Chartered Accountants or Business Managers, I selected a professional path that enabled me to write to my heart’s content. As luck would have it, I quickly found myself as a part of the marketing team in a startup, where being a good writer was an advantage.

Six years and some 60-odd clients later, one thing’s for sure — I am proud to be called a writer. The job is stressful, deadline-driven, and at times, requires collaboration with other teams when running campaigns or curating engaging email content. But I love what I do!

A lot of hard work goes into not just writing content well but also marketing it. But I am not complaining. I chose this career. I decided to be a writer. But my choice also made me prone to feeling too many emotions at my job. If you are a writer, then you know exactly what I am trying to say. According to me, there are eight types of emotions that we writers can’t help but feel.

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Hitting A Creative Snag Isn’t A Joke. Here’s How One Writer Takes It In Her Stride.

If I haven’t said it before, I’ll repeat it: I love to write! Fortunately, a significant part of my job as a content marketer revolves around churning blogs, email and website content, banner copies, and social media captions daily.

Most of the time, I can come up with meaningful content that both my clients and target audience find valuable. However, there are times when I stare blankly at my Google Doc, hoping for an idea to pop up in my head and words to flow on the sheet smoothly.

Whenever that happens, I know I have hit a “creative snag,” and I must find ways to get out of it as soon as I can. In just five years, I have managed to work with over 60 clients from various industries. And the one thing I have learned is that my writer’s block is a silly excuse.

Will my clients understand why I can’t deliver work on time? God, NO! Therefore, instead of giving up or sulking, I write hoping my brain will restart and get out of the “creative snag” and sometimes, miraculously it does! And when it doesn’t, I follow six helpful tips to kickstart my creativity. Check them out on The Writing Cooperative.