Well, look, listen this is worth some consideration. Have you ever had one of those moments, when you are trying to write something, a novel, a short story or a piece of poetry and nothing is coming, you can’t find the words? Or you start something and then decide you don’t like it, do a re-write and still don’t like it? Or you get to the end of a novel and decide you hate it? You want to write something entirely different?
Then you open a book, read the beautiful prose, love the characters, the plot everything is spot on and you conclude you are never ever going to be able to write like that, no matter how hard you try! Or maybe you have just read a novel or a winning entry for a writing competition and said out loud; “I could write something better than that in my sleep!”
And it may be at this point you decide you hate writing of any sort, especially creative writing. It’s too difficult to get right, it’s too challenging and at times downright overwhelming! Also, it eats into your time like nothing else, it demands you do it at every conceivable moment and when you are not doing it, you are thinking about doing it! Sound familiar? It’s kind of like you are married and creative writing is your spouse! Could this get any crazier!
Do ever feel during those moments that you actually hate writing and that it picked you, not the other way around! Furthermore, it picked you to make your life a misery, because let’s face it, once you want to write, that desire never leaves you no matter how hard you try to ignore it! You might even sabotage your own efforts somehow, just to prove the point that it is hard to become an established writer.
And then there are all those annoying people who ask you how the writing is going, as if it’s an easy thing. See my post: ‘So How’s the Writing Going?’
Then one day you have a light-bulb moment when you figure out how you are going to plot your novel, or suddenly your writer’s block has lifted and you are writing into the night! You now feel juiced up, the words are simply pouring out of you and you don’t feel like a fraud a fake, but instead you feel like a WRITER! Furthermore, you believe it’s only a matter of time before you get published (if that’s your goal).
It is in these moments that you can honestly say you love writing and all that comes with it. Not just the recognition from your peers or publishers, but to yourself. The sense that you have accomplished something grand and pushed through all the barriers to creative writing!
Well, for your information all of these moments I have personally experienced. Trying to establish yourself as a bona fide writer will take you on a roller-coaster ride, with all the highs and lows. If you are determined to make it you will hang on for dear life, because something tells me in the end it’s going to be worth it!
Until next time,