The Best Writers are Avid Readers

I know I need to sit down and write, so that’s what I’m doing. A few different topics have crossed my mind to share on this blog, which may or may not be what ends up being produced today.

I think I had forgotten that I really wanted to use this platform to showcase different forms of my writing. Now, yes, the main theme is this transitional stage in life and how I’m combatting a lot of mindsets that have been unhealthy for me to hold onto.

But other than that, more simply than that, I just want to write!

It’s my public journal, if you will.

And I don’t tend to think one second before I start to write in my journal. I simply write.

I’ve read almost 10 books so far this year and it’s only June! (This isn’t to include the several books I’ve read to my niece who’s a toddler, haha.) This is a record for me. It makes sense since I have so much time on my hands.

But even as I’m reading, I’m learning about what type of writing draws me in.

Novels. I love novels!

Within the past year, I’ve read 4 young adult (YA) novels. Three out of the 4 have turned into movies: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, and The Sun Is also a Star by Nicola Yoon. The fourth one was a collection of short stories, The House on Mango Street by Sanda Cisneros, that I actually wrote a blog post on earlier.

Anyway, what I love about novels is that you get inside the head of the protagonist. You get to know their deepest thoughts and how they respond to situations. You get access to their stream of consciousness.

Since I tend to “live in my head,” I really appreciate being able to live in someone else’s for a change, to be invited into their world.


As a writer, or at least someone who is super introspective, we have thoughts about everything. There is always a narrative playing in our minds. We think about everything. Everything has meaning. And we tend to internalize people’s actions, words and behaviors, which might actually have not a thing to do with us personally.

So, for me to see these characters navigating the world in a similar way that I do, it is very comforting. It makes me feel not alone.

Oh, another book I recently read was Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I wouldn’t characterize this as a novel because it’s based on her life, but it’s not a strict autobiography, either. It’s more like a snippet from her life. She went with a theme and kept on writing.

I guess, kind of like this blog. Her writing definitely reminded me of blog-style. It was so personal and familiar. And I think reading that encouraged me as well, from a writer’s perspective, because it showed me that many different types of writing sell.

Then there was I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi. This was more so a collection of essays about pop culture, told with a great sense of humor. I had never laughed so hard before while reading a book!

So, I’m learning how different people’s personalities get translated on the page.

I originally thought that I would be writing more poetry on this blog. And maybe that will happen later down the line.

But most of my writing on here has basically been my attempts at giving a “voice” to how my anxiety shows up in different settings. Accepting an award at a job I no longer work at, having to say no to speaking engagements and share the opportunity with someone else, accepting a job that I didn’t fully feel ready for, etc.

I wonder if it sounds like pieces of a novel to my outside readers.

Since it’s not your life, do you find it entertaining? Or intriguing at the very least?

I always wonder what people really mean when they tell me I’m a good writer. I know it’s not simply because I know how to put words together in grammatically-correct sentences.

Is it my transparency?

Is it the way I keep a general theme throughout the length of my text?

Is it that it’s conversational?

Please tell me. I’d like to know!

Feel free to read through some of my previous posts if this is your first time coming across this blog. You could start with the articles I’ve already linked inside of this post. Or you could comment based off my social media presence on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn–however you’re most familiar with my work.

I’m asking for honest feedback.

It will really help me to get serious about a specific writing project. This blog has been helping me stay consistent in producing content, but I know there’s more inside of me!

If you don’t want to post a public comment, feel free to email me at

Thanks in advance!

By the way, today marks 6 full months of my being out of full-time work. What a journey this has been! Maybe I’ll say more on that later.

Until Next Time,


Jessica Smith is a faith-based writer and an award-winning business coach who is on a mission to rescue ambitious women from “superwoman syndrome” and to empower them with the tools and reassurance to advocate for themselves and ask for what they need in the workplace. Keep up with her blog at and check out her writing portfolio at


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