The woman behind the
Have you ever had an idea pop into your head? The kind you knew was destined to be the next great novel or award-winning film? The kind that made you so excited to sit down and pen it onto the page, that you started scribbling madly in a notepad at work or in the margin of your textbook, only to find yourself thinking about it all day?
By the time you head home, you've got the whole plotline figured out, your characters are awesome, and you can feel yourself practically bursting with creative energy. You can't WAIT to start writing!
You fly through the door, rush through dinner, and finally sit down to write. Twenty minutes goes by, maybe an hour. Enthusiasm turns to frustration then despair.
The page stays blank, or worse, it's filled with jumbled nonsense. Somehow your great idea turned into mush and now you're ready to give up altogether. You were so certain you could do it this time! What happened?
Trust me, I've been there. This is the moment that distinguishes a would-be writer from an actual writer. It is the line between thinking and doing.
The truth is that most people have great story ideas. After all, it's easy to daydream! The problem is that seeing it through is another story, and for many of us, the challenges of writing take us by surprise.
Whether you're stuck on the first page, or have a bad case of writer's block, there's good news! Writing It Wells is here to:
Help inspire you with new ideas, creative techniques, and writing resources.
Get you started with easy-to-follow tips, tricks, and examples.
Keep you motivated with positivity, ways to overcome writer's block, and inspiration to help refresh your muse.
Evolve your writing and build your confidence with Developmental Coaching Sessions.
Perfect your manuscript with Developmental Editing and Copy Editing Services.
Develop your author brand with Marketing Coaching designed to help you succeed as an author.
No matter where you are in your writing, the important thing is to never give up. You have a fantastic idea and the world is waiting for it! The question is: Are you ready to write?
My name is Alina Wells and I'm the creative force behind Writing It Wells. It's nice to meet you!
Who Am I?
That's a good question. Truth is, I'm still finding out. Here's what I know for sure:
I'm a writer who believes that the key to writing is planning and positivity.
I'm a full-time freelance editor, blogger, and aspiring author currently living in Wisconsin.
I graduated from The University of West Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, a minor in Creative Writing, and I interned at Ballinger Publishing.
I'm currently writing the fifth draft of my YA Fantasy book Star-Crossed, which I hope to publish soon.
When I'm not writing, I'm reading whatever I can get my hands on (mostly fiction/fantasy books- my fav's!)
I'm ADDICTED to coffee. Two cups a day at least. Pumpkin spice is a lifestyle, not a choice.
When I'm not writing, you can find me haunting thrift stores, buying more books than I need, and creating new healthy recipes.
I'm always chillin' with my gnomies. Seriously, they've invaded my home decor and holidays.
From the minute I learned how to read, I was a writer. Growing up I devoured every book I could get my hands on, wrote constantly in my journals, and began making up my own characters and stories by the age of twelve. I didn't stop and eventually those casual musings turned into book ideas and several manuscripts. Then life happened. I went away to college, graduated, and started experiencing the "real" world. Bills needed paying and dreams were often put on hold.
I grew more and more frustrated with myself and my circumstances. Then inspiration struck when I realized that pursuing my passion meant more to me than going through the motions. I quit my dead-end job and decided to publish the blog I'd been dreaming about making. Now I'm wholeheartedly embracing my authentic self and seeing where my writing odyssey takes me.
I published my first blog post in December of 2019...and I'm still going strong! It's crazy to think about how far I've come as a writer and mind-blowing seeing the response my work has garnered from the world around me. I've met so many wonderful writer friends, grown as a person, and now wake up every morning happy and motivated. My love of writing has grown far beyond anything I ever could have imagined as a child, and I can't wait to share more of it with others!
In addition to blogging, I starting sharing my poetry and snippets of my novel Star-Crossed online. I started crafting writing inspiration prompts, short stories, and sharing my daily writing experiences. But that wasn't enough. I needed to take it a step further and help other writers with their stories too.
As I struggled through the highs and lows of writing my own novel, I began doing research on different writing related topics for my blog. As someone considering self-publishing in the future it became crucial for me to learn the process and all that it entails. It was through this and making connections with other writers online that I learned what Indie writers truly need to succeed.
I decided then and there that I not only wanted to write Indies, but I wanted to edit them too. Last year I decided to start blogging. This year I decided to add Developmental and Copy Editing to Writing It Wells's list of services. Then I thought, why stop there? Writers need help throughout their writing process- through writing, editing, publishing, and marketing. That's why I decided to create my Developmental and Marketing Coaching Sessions. I realized that I was uniquely qualified for the job. With my background in journalism, sales, creative writing, blogging, and being a writer myself, I have an insider perspective of what works (and doesn't work) for authors looking to take themselves and their work to the next level.
Long story short, I took a leap of faith and invested in myself. Now it's your turn.
My goals for Writing It Wells are pretty simple. I want to provide an accurate account of what a writing journey looks like from start to finish. I want to provide ideas and support, help motivate, and see other writers succeed in their own literary pursuits. Whether you're looking to traditionally publish or self-publish, the fact remains the same- every writer could use an extra push to get the job done every now and then.
If you're looking to grow as a writer, to share your experiences, tackle the challenges this line of work brings, and finally hold your novel in your hand- this is where your journey begins.
By now you know that writing requires discipline and sheer will power. You must be creative and free-thinking enough to dream up an idea (or a few hundred, as the case may be), and cultivate the strength to sit down despite the stress and distractions of daily life and put pen to paper. As a writer you must be dedicated and sincere to make it all come together.
The good news is that if I can do it, so can you! It doesn't matter how old you are, what your experience level is, or what you want to write about. Put the details out of your mind and focus: If you want to write, WRITE!
The key to success is to start writing and subscribe. As long as you make the effort, you will move forward, get better, and see results! With all the tools and resources available at your finger-tips here, you only have to stay a while and determine what's best for you.
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read! I appreciate you!
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