I'm a writer

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Maybe you are too... On the surface, you'd barely know I was.

I have a business degree from Ivey Business School. I'm an IB Programme graduate. I'm fascinated by coding, and have learned my way around the basics of HTML/CSS. I've spent my days learning graphic design, political science, and yoga.

But if you'd open up my closet, bins, purse, computer files... you'd see the truth.

In the closet, a ridiculously-sized stack of books, mostly comprised of the Harry Potter series. In dusty bins under my bed, dozens of journals from my younger years, scribbled with diary-entries, poetry, book plans, and short stories. My purse? It holds my Kobo e-reader, always charged and stocked with new books to read. And my computer files, with about 10 different "to-read" lists, "to-write" lists, and collections of quotes.

I never paid much attention to my reading and writing obsession. It was only after University that I realized its importance.

In third year, when the anxiety of what am I going to do with my life after school began, that's when I really began blogging. It was amazing how staying in for a night to read a book, then write reflections made me feel so much calmer.

This self-discovery opened up a whole world for me. I began blogging to figure things out that were so much cloudier in my head. Through writing, I began to understand myself.

I'm embracing my love of writing & reading. I've been soaking in lessons from all types of artists lately, through interviews, podcasts, and their books -  mainly JK Rowling, Austin Kleon, Casey Neistat, Alain de Botton, and Joseph Campbell. 

I'm going to keep this post as a reminder of how I want to approach my art. I hope it evolves as I develop - but for now, here are the tips I'll keep for myself (and anyone who it may help)...

Reminders to myself

I write nearly every day. Some days I write for ten or eleven hours. Other days I might only write for three hours. It really depends on how fast the ideas are coming. - JK Rowling

The best advice is not to write what you know, it’s to write what you like. Write the kind of story you like best—write the story you want to read. - Austin Kleon

There’s no way of knowing in advance what will get into your work. One collects all the shiny objects that catch the fancy — a great array of them. Some of them you think are utterly useless. I have a large collection of curios of that kind, and every once in a while I need one of them. They’re in my head, but who knows where! It’s such a jumble in there. It’s hard to find anything. - Margaret Atwood

Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly. - Alain de Botton

To keep up with your responsibilities and your fitness and still nurture your creative aspect, you must put a hermetically sealed retort, so that there is no intrusion, around a certain number of hours each day — however many you can honestly afford — and that time must be inviolate. - Joseph Campbell

I'll be sure to keep this collection updated. If you have advice you live by as an artist or writer, please share them with me :)