If you want to be an actual writer that puts words down on the page, you may need to change how you look writing and make choices to do it. It isn't the forces of the world that conspire against your time for writing -- it's your own way of approaching the world.
At Grammarly, we tend to focus on the nuts and bolts of writing; after all, our business is correcting other people's grammar. But for every so-called rule there exists an exception. This summer, we recommend doing something radical: break all the rules.
What would you say is more personal: a handwritten letter or an email? If I asked a sample group of people over the age of 55, I imagine 98 percent would say a hand-written letter is more personal, and far classier!
Not everyone has to like your work. The arts are full of pretentious cliques, bad art, good art, wonderfully supportive people, people that can't stand you, people that love you, but the key is to embrace it all. Enjoy the contrasts.
Just because you are on the journey yourself, doesn't mean that you are the only one taking a solo journey. We can learn and support each other; each journey will have some common roadblocks, challenges and choices. The path may be different, but the experience is much the same.
The great appeal of these particular options for a writing life is that they are likely to define writing as a priority in our daily lives and are likely to increase awareness of the choices we're making about how to spend our time, about how to live as writers.
I love knowing that some of my favorite writers share some of my struggles and feel motivated to try some of their methods for overcoming them. So, without any further ado, a list of my six essential books on writing.