We’ve all read so many books, articles, blogs and listened to podcasts telling us why we should or should not write. Some of us have even purchased those packages promising us we could write the next best-seller. But in truth there really isn’t a right or wrong answer. Why? We just think it is because of all the famous writer’s formulas convincing us there has to be a successful method of doing this. By-passing the fact writing is not a formula. We were just read to believe there was one.
Writer’s popularity or successes are just like prescription drugs. We may both take the same muscle relaxer, but based on our weight and age the doses vary. Therefore, if you take my prescription, in all probability, it will not work for you and vise versa.
Out of all the books, articles, blogs and interviews I have read, as for why people write. The one central core consistent with renown success is they write because they enjoy writing—they just like to write! And from experience I have learned when you like what you do—you have the propensity to excel and even do it better than most. Which gifts you with certain qualities others don’t possess, such as:
- Consistency – because you know that in being diligent it not only helps to hone your skill but it also helps when meeting deadlines.
- Creation – You are always digging deeper to find the hidden treasures giving you a creative edge.
- Desire – The source of your creativity is in the desire to write not the necessity to make a dollar. Although it helps.
Then there are many valid reasons for starting to write. Too many to mention. But in order to survive and thrive somewhere in your heart has to be the resounding voice saying, “It makes me feel good.” Otherwise, it’s just a waste of time.
Michael Moorcock once said, “Ignore all preoffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you have to say.”
Out of the many habits and occupations one could venture; writing will not harm you . At the least it will motivate you into exploring your very soul—which might just surprise you. When exploring your mind it may reveal an invisible matrix, a boy with a magic wand, rebel wars amongst the stars, a detective with incredible intuition or even a new world of which no one has ever heard.
If you are new to this—please do not be too hard on yourself. Like me, you are probably your own worst critic. This newbie is still learning and still evolving. Just stay dedicated to the proposition not all writers are created equal. All writers are created equally different. Then the defeatist attitude will not become part of your everyday thought process. And your mind will be free to create those marvelous worlds we call stories.
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