Writing is hard. Trying to churn out words to form a plot, characters, and other worlds is draining. It’s not as easy as some think. Doesn’t it just annoy you when people say things like, “You just write don’t you? It’s not that hard,” or, “All you have to do is name people and give them things to do.”
That last one was said to me personally and left me feeling dumbfounded. Writing is so much more than that. It’s making a character into a real person. Giving him or her feelings, quirks, making them jump off the page till you can believe that they really lived, or leave your heart aching because deep down you know they didn’t.
Writing is something that I wouldn’t trade for anything, because the euphoria of creating a world, people, a whole novel that is completely my own is something I would never trade for anything.
*except maybe the library from Beauty and the Beast*
Today, I want to share with you three things that I’ve learned on my journey. And I hope that it inspires and helps you whatever road you’re on.
When I was twelve years old, due to life circumstances, I had to stop writing. What followed was the hardest four years of my life, till I was sixteen and took up writing again.
For the two years that followed, I dabbled in writing, starting many stories, but never finishing one. Then in 2015 I found the One Year Adventure Novel. That curriculum brought back my joy of writing and in 2016 I finished my novella retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
I went to workshops, met authors and publishers and read writing books. I visited favorite blogs like Tessa Emily Hall’s, reading her posts over and over again.
Then, on August 23, 2017 I finished my first novel. I finished a story, my story. I had setbacks, eight years of them, but I pushed through even when it hurt, when things seemed unsure.
Writing has taught me to persevere, always, to never give up on that dream. Because, as Bilbo so fondly said, “the road goes ever on and on,” and none of us can see what’s ahead.
I had LuLu print the final results. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to hold hard copies of your books……or put them on your head.
Time doesn’t stand still for anyone, so managing it well is important. Maybe you have lots of time, and don’t have to worry about not having time to write.
I’m not one of those people.
I have work, commitments, and am cursed with human limitations by He Who Must Not Be Named. When I was in high school, I realized that if I wanted to write (which in and of itself is time consuming) I would have to make a schedule, and stick to it.
Writing has taught me to have a schedule and stick to it to the best of my ability. Having a set time ensures that in the craziness of life, I have a chance to escape it.
Practice Makes Progress
I know the common saying is “practice makes perfect,” but nobody is ever perfect, neither can they achieve doing something perfectly, especially in the field of writing. Everything I’ve learned from workshops, blog posts, and books has helped me to improve my writing. I’ve noticed and so have others. The more you write, the better you will be.