“A true writer does not make excuses for not taking the time to write.”
“Our words inspire people to dream.”
“Creatively painting our thoughts with words.”
Being a writer, professional or amateur, whether it be in screenplays, novels, short stories, poems, blogs, articles, is one of the greatest feelings to experience. We proudly claim that title and revel in the pure joy of our creations. We are the dreamers that have no limits and our imaginations are vastly unique.
We, as writers, follow our heart and passionately tell stories of love, inspiration, hope, despair, sadness, joy and humor; it can come from personal experience or it could be purely fictional.
Our urge to let loose our “inner voice” and send them into the world is quite courageous. Our vulnerability is on full display. We subject ourselves to complete and total strangers who will either love it, hate it, criticize it, berate it, praise it, be informed by it or be inspired by it.
We learn from it, accept it and grow to become even better artists of our craft. Regardless of the outcome, we persevere. Writers love what they do; writing nurtures our artistic soul. It fills a need that non-writers can’t understand.
Writers continue on with their journey because it’s never-ending. The path will only end when our mind’s well runs dry. But all my fellow writers know, that’ll never happen.
So to all my fellow colleagues, remember that you are a writer! Don’t ever forget that only “you” can be the one to tell “your” stories. You are the masters of your craft; it’s a lifestyle formed from countless hours of blood, sweat and tears with a heavy dose of passion and heart.
Write, write every day. Follow your heart and always dream big.
I know I’ve broached the subject on what to blog or not blog before, but I just can’t seem to let it go. So please forgive me if I sound like a broken record.
Being a writer, I’ve always made it a point to write often and consistently; it’s the only way that we as writers get better at our craft. When I’m writing a screenplay, I just seem to have an endless supply of ideas…a flash flood of thoughts just inundate my brain and there is no barrier to quell it. But that’s a good problem to have in that instance.
In the case of my blog site though, I tend to hit a road block week after week. You’d think that after two years of having this site I’d be a pro by now, but that isn’t the case. I’m one of the unfortunate ones that just doesn’t have a niche.
I hate to say this but I’m quite envious (more like jealous) of the blog sites that I follow. They all seem to have found their “voice” and are excelling at making their site exceptionally well thought out. Their writing is intriguing and holds me emotionally; I actually become invested into what they have to say.
Day after day, week after week, their vast array of topics are fresh, interesting and sometimes unconventional; it’s like they have an unlimited amount of ideas to choose from at their disposal. Sigh…I wish that I could be like them…they’re my idols.
For me to come up with a topic on my blog site is somewhat excruciating. I never really know what I’m going to write until the day before, and even then it’s not the best of topics sometimes.
You might say, “Then why do you have to write something every week? Why don’t you write once a month? Or why don’t you write when you have something relevant to say?”
I can answer all those questions in one simple answer – I’m a writer…plain and simple. I have to write on a consistent basis to get better at my craft. I’m not the most eloquent, artistic, humorous or intelligent of writers but I love what I do nonetheless.
This sense of freedom; getting into a Zen-like state where you pen “heart” to paper and let it loose upon the internet masses. This is what I enjoy the most.
So I guess I’ll never crack this dilemma of the conception for new weekly blog ideas. Maybe that’s good thing, who knows. All I know is that I’m still here sitting at my desk…writing…because “I am a writer.”
There’s this misconception amongst some people that they’re not good writers; that they can’t write at all. They feel that in order to be a skilled scribe, their vocabulary must rival that of a person with an I.Q. of 130 or above.
These people feel that they can’t string together the correct words and phrases to convey their thoughts, ideas, instructions, stories or feelings. These individuals see writers as a special breed of people that sequester themselves to a room and sit in front of a typewriter or computer for days on end frenziedly pounding on the keys of their devices creating their masterpiece.
I, for one, felt that way; I perceived writers as these “gifted beings” that could poignantly craft a sentence, paragraph or story into a work of art. Their use of words and grammar were flawless; it’s as if everything they inscribed on paper immediately became canon.
Every time I had to write a paper for school, I’d have anxiety because I was cognizant of the fact that I was NOT one of these “gifted beings” that could put my words into writing and effectively communicate my thoughts.
These shortcomings, and the fact that I dreamed of being a writer, drove me to improve myself in both words and sentence structures. I was obligated to become a master of my craft and not do a disservice to writers all over the world.
I enrolled in many writing classes, read many books, wrote many things ranging from short stories, children stories, poems, screenplays, business writing and reports. I voraciously wrote every day and even composed sentences in my head to sharpen my skills.
In all those years of writing I found one thing to be true…all of our writing, words, feelings, stories and ideas come from within.
Storytellers of old used to pass down their history, urban legends or culture orally from one generation to the next. One day someone had the solution to record them on paper; that paper soon was passed on and improved on by later generations.
Now if they could communicate effectively to another, they could surely write it down. The whole point of writing is basically recording down on paper what’s inside of us. If we could tell another person our idea then we could surely write it exactly as how we expressed it.
One’s writing doesn’t have to be eloquent with long words and grammatically correct, it just needs to get our point across to the reader. When we tell our story or idea, whether it be in a sentence, paragraph, page, or novel, as long as we’re able to get across what we need to say then we’ve accomplished what writing is all about.
If you have to compose a letter, report or story or dream of becoming a writer just always remember that it doesn’t take much. Just remind yourself of the fact that “if you can say it, then you can write it.” Speak out loud and then just write down what you’ve said on paper…that’s it. You’ve just take the first steps to writing.
Forget all that hogwash about long words and correct grammar; you’ll become efficient in that over time. You just need to WRITE! The whole point of writing is expressing yourself through your OWN choice of words; you’ll eventually develop a composition style that’s uniquely you.
We all talk, we do it every day. It’s something that is inherently in us. So go forth and write to your heart’s content. AND remember…you don’t need a high I.Q. or a vast vocabulary to write; as long as you can speak your thoughts then you can surely write it.