Growing up, a part of me knew I always wanted to write stories. Before I found my love for writing, I would spend hours reading J. K Rowling, Beverly Clearly, and Roald Dahl. The stories of wizards, growing up, chocolate factories, and giant peaches filled my head with wonder and amazement. I wanted to be part of their worlds, but another part of me wanted to create those kinds of worlds for others, too.
I now spend every moment possible writing. I have made it a priority to write every day if I can to help my head not explode with words. I am on the last edit of my first novel and am currently in the beginning stages of 2 others. I still feel a little bit of shame when people ask,” Are you a writer?” because its still stuck in my mind that “writers” are published and have their names on bookshelves. But I am retraining myself to say, “Yes, I am writer.”
I am not an expert on this topic by any means, but I also do believe that all of us have a story to tell. I am the middle child of 2 brothers and although we were all raised in the same household, we could not be more different. The different does not make any of us less, though. Just like someone’s story of being raised in South Africa can make someone in Oakland feel heard and seen for the first time. Poetry in a few verses can transport us to a whole different reality. Even science fiction can make us believe that there is more outside of Earth and what being human can mean.
However, being human can be a consciousness of creation. A creation of hoping for the right word at 3 AM, a story that pops up in the middle of what seems like nowhere, and sometimes, it’s buying that notebook that you swear you are going to use. If we are honest with ourselves though, being human also means buying that notebook and adding to the collection of the 5 others you already have.
But my writing advice (or anything else you want to create) is this:
- If you feel the need to create, just turn off all music, Facebook, other distractions, and just begin. A first draft will not be perfect, but you must start somewhere.
- Do not worry about if no one “gets” your story. There is going to always be critics. I mean JK Rowling got rejected over 20 times before Harry Potter.
- Have snacks and water close by while writing. Having them close by will make it so you don’t have to get up less and potentially lose your stamina.