It saved the whole year for me, really.

I don’t need to say that this year was rough. We know that. We’ve all known that.

But now that it’s ending, I was able to sit down and reflect on what it was that got me through the year, even in my darkest moments.

And, honestly, I wasn’t too surprised at the answer.

Fiction has always been there for me.

It’s always been there for most of us, I’d say. …

I haven’t written an article in months.

Technically, I haven’t written an article since April. I’ve had plenty of ideas, sure, but nothing so strong that it would coerce me into getting out of bed at the start of this whole thing.

At the beginning of our mass isolation, I was sucked into a quarantine-induced depression that led to me failing the two classes I was taking, further isolating myself beyond belief, and dyeing my hair twice, consequently killing it to the point where I decided to shave it all off.

I was a bit of a mess, so Medium was the last thing on my mind.

But that didn’t stop me from writing.

A short story.

I wished. I wished on stars. Dandelions. 11:11. Eyelashes when they would fall off and land gently on my cheek. Day after day, wish after wish, asking for things to just get better, as if some cosmic entity would hear my pleas and decide that I was the one poor soul in this world that they wanted to help.

It isn’t any different today. My legs swing back and forth on the end of Aiden’s pickup truck, the tall grass beneath us tickling my calves. Aiden lazily holds a dandelion in front of me. …

Fifth time’s a charm.

When I was a sophomore in high school, I wrote what I thought was going to be the next Great American Sci-fi Novel.

I have recently reread my first draft of this book, and, to put it bluntly: no one in their right mind should ever have to read a book that bad.

During my junior year, I decided that the book was terrible, and I needed to rewrite it. So, I did.

That draft wasn’t good, either.

My senior year — you’ll never believe it — I rewrote the book for a third time, cutting…

Quarantine and how I’ve used it to my advantage.

Quarantine has got me thinking.

Well, I’m sure all of us have been caught up in our own heads a little more than usual because of quarantine, but I’m saying that quarantine has given me time to think.

I don’t currently have a job. I go to school online. These things don’t require me to step outside my front door, most days.

Which means I have a lot of spare time on my hands, as some of you might have as well.

And, surprisingly enough, I’ve been able to take advantage…

I wrote an article.

Well, I did not publish the article in question, but I wrote it.

And I hated it.

I won’t tell you what it was supposed to be about, because that isn’t the point, but I will tell you why I hated it.

I was writing it because I thought I had to. It had been a while, I hadn’t been producing content, and I hadn’t written. Therefore, this article had to be written, and there was nothing I could do about it. That’s what I hated about it.

I had started writing this article after two…

How you can make this your best year.

There were many times in 2019 where I didn’t know how to be grateful.

Things were falling apart around me, I was failing classes, I had dropped out of college.

But there were the good parts of 2019, too. It was just that the bad parts made it hard to see them.

Now, let’s talk about how we can be grateful for the good and the bad in the new year.

Use a Gratitude Journal

This is probably the most obvious one I’ll talk about here. I say ‘obvious’ because everyone and their grandmother has probably…

It’s not as bad as you may think.

Every year, I make the same goals.

This isn’t news.

Most of us do this. We make the same goals we did the year before, but this time we’re going to achieve them.

I’m going to tell you why this isn’t a problem.

You’re Not Giving Up

If you’re coming into this new year with the same goals you had last year, then I’m here to tell you that that’s okay.

Maybe you didn’t achieve your goals last year. That’s alright, and you know why?

It’s because you have another chance. You’re not giving up, and you have to give yourself credit for that.

There’s one piece of advice I’ll never forget.

I believe that there’s one big secret to writing more.

Well, I guess I can say I believe there are many ways you can write more, but only one of those ways is going to help you the most, and it’s something that I often preach about.

Let’s get right to the point.

The secret to writing more is to not judge your own writing.

That’s right! That’s quite literally almost all there is to it.

Something that tends to hold us all back is our inner critic. That little voice inside…

Lessons I’m still learning.

I used to think that by the time I was the age I am now, I’d be a famous, best-selling author.

This is ridiculous for several reasons.

First, I’m only nineteen.

I’m glad my younger self had such big dreams, but I don’t know how realistic they were.

Second, this may still be my goal, but it just isn’t practical, especially not right now. And that’s okay.

The problem here is that I expected too much, too quickly.

So, let’s talk about what NOT to expect when you’re a writer.

1. Ideas to Flow Freely

It’s true that some days you…

Abby Jaquint

Novelist/student. 20 years old. I write about writing and mental health. Check me out on Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store