It is all too easy to discourage yourself. To say that “I am not the next Margaret Atwood or Kurt Vonnegut. So, why bother?” Well, you absolutely must bother. Because if writing is your love and passion, and you can’t live without literature, why not fight for it?
Don’t strive to be that-next-famous-author. Instead strive to be yourself. With all the type-os and grammatical errors and stylistic creativity, no one will write in the same fashion as you do. Simply because they can’t, because they are not you. No one and I mean NO ONE can replicate the way you think, the way you express yourself in words and the way you write. You are you. A unique and gifted writer, who is yet to be acknowledged by the world.
And even if the world does not acknowledge you, don’t give up. Your writing can inspire your family, your friends or someone completely unexpected. All that matters is to get approval of that one person who can relate and appreciate — you. The rest will come in time, with hard work and never giving up.
Keep on writing!
This is my first blog post and as all ‘firsts’ go this is not easy. But we all need to overcome this fear of beginnings and start somewhere so, here I am…
My name is Diana, I am 26, from Toronto and I am an aspiring writer. I would like to make this place a home for my thoughts on 21st century writing and the creative process. Exposing what happens behind the scenes — all the craziness, silliness and crisis that the author goes through when writing his (and in my case her) first novel ever.
Such is my case. Hopeful and terrified I started publishing little bits of what one day will become a book. It is a work of fantasy, adventure with a touch of magic; which you can read on Wattpad here as I write it along.
I have promised to myself to write a Chapter per week and I am sticking to it. This commitment (I pray) will get me through all creative fears and will prompt me to have an entire novel nice and ready in no time. Of course when I am done all the wonderful and rather painful labour of editing and butchering will begin. Alas, that time is yet to come…
I hope you will enjoy your stay!
Thanks for reading,