I've said this before, and I'll say it again: Your journey has its own fingerprint.
Simply put, your writing journey does not have to mirror any other writer. What works for one person, may not work for another, and guess what? That's perfectly acceptable!
Author Logan Miehl is a great example of someone who didn't allow stereotypes to dictate her writing journey. Find out why by watching the interview below!
My takeaways from this interview:
My dad forced me to write. -Logan Miehl
Sometimes we don't realize or understand the magnitude of the gifts we possess until someone else points it out. I'm guilty of overlooking my strengths because I didn't think they were valuable. Fortunately, Logan had someone pushing her along. In that season, she was able to grow and develop as a writer. Whether you have someone like that in your life or not, don't forget to value your craft. Value the time you get to spend writing and be grateful for the lessons you learn about yourself in every moment.
There's no perfectly original story, but know where the line is. -Logan Miehl
You may have heard the saying, "good writers read". I wholeheartedly agree that writers shouldn't focus on producing so much that they forget to replenish their creativity. One way to do that is by reading. Reading allows writers to experience new worlds, new styles, new perspectives, and more. However, we must be careful to use our inspirations in a manner that will still allow us to be authentic in our storytelling. Don't simply re-tell someone else's story--make it yours. You could be a cancer survivor, but it doesn't mean your story has to be an exact replica of every other cancer survivor. Share your experiences, your doubts, your faith. Make your story authentic by incorporating your views.
Don't be afraid of collaborating. -Logan Miehl
Writers growing a brand on and offline need to believe in themselves and their work. However, they also need one other element to ensure their work is read. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about: collaboration. I love working solo on certain projects, but there's no denying the power of collaboration. We reap many benefits when we get out of our comfort zones and intentionally connect with other writers. Collaborating allows writers to connect with like minds, learn new ways of streamlining processes and even learn some marketing tips.