How I’m Sustaining My Love for Writing and How You Can Too

Editor’s Note: See Jane Write now publishes articles and personal essays by writers who identify as women, non-binary folks, and our allies. Learn more here.

By LaKisha Cargill

A few years back, I was a writer who did not write. I even wrote about it on my blog. I had several excuses, including not having the time, or so I claimed. I told myself that life was too busy for the luxury of just writing. Plus, I did not think receiving compensation for my writing could be a reality. The thrill of my first paid byline in college had become a faded memory despite receiving a free product or a gift card here and there over the years in exchange for an honest review on my blog. 

Then things changed. A pandemic. A social reckoning. Me. And I thirsted for an outlet to share my voice. Watching the video of George Floyd was the catalyst for my hand to pick up a pen again and write. I began to write everything all the time. Poems. Essays. Children’s books. A 5th-grade chapter book and more. Most of it has been for my eyes only, and those I ask to proofread, but some have made it out into the world and landed on magazines’ virtual and actual pages. And for this, I am genuinely grateful to those who have helped me water these seeds. I am thankful that these seeds have been allowed to bloom within me. And I am pleased that I can now call myself a freelance writer who receives compensation for her writing.
But I must be intentional to sustain my love for writing. So here are my tips for nurturing a passion for writing, even when life gets busy. 


February Journal Prompts: 28 Writing Ideas to Spark Self-Love

Today we’re giving you some February journal prompts to keep you writing all month long. But I hope these prompts do even more than that.

February is my favorite month. It’s my birthday month. It’s Black History Month. And it’s love month! And for me, part of celebrating love month is celebrating self-love. That’s what I hope these February journal prompts will spark for you.


How to Make the Most of a Writing Retreat

The amount of work I get done on a writing retreat is unmatched. That’s why I’m counting down the days until the next Busy Bee Writing Retreat, which is set for April 13-16, 2023.

The Busy Bee Writing Retreat is designed for working women who may be “short on time but long on creativity,” as the creator Coretta Collins likes to say. If you’re looking for a creative getaway for this spring, I’d love for you to join me.