Do you day dream? Do you ever pause and imagine things?
The average person has a story to tell, but they keep it in their head.
The pen never reaches paper, and the fingers never reach the keys. There is an incredible amount of pressure on upstart writers, or even just regular people. We are almost always judged in a way that breaks us down, as opposed to building us up.
Well I am here to say, for a fact, you are not stupid. You are not unskilled, and you are not worthless. In fact, you’re quite intelligent. As is the person next to you, and the person next to them. And so on. We all have different preferences, and different tastes. It is what inherently makes us human. Diversity.
You have unique thoughts, and unique stories that are either entirely imagined or derived from your daily life. And they are good stories. You just have to take the time to write them. To tell them.
I suppose that is the most difficult part of the process; finding your voice. Especially if you’re starting the game late. We have these preconceived ideas about success and failure by the time we leave the threshold of adolescence. Anything we are not naturally gifted at becomes subject to intense ridicule and criticism; at least when we are internally viewing ourselves. The bulk of the judgement comes from yourself. You. I. Me. The harshest criticisms are typically self imposed.
As a child we are not fearful of failure. We do not understand it. Each experience is new and exciting. In fact, it is my belief talents are learned. You are good at playing the violin because you started it young. You are good at sports because you started it young. Surely there are genetic factors in there as well, don’t get me wrong – the human experience is a complex one.
The point I was trying to make was this, I started writing in the third grade. That was when I made my big decision to be an author. Well, things didn’t quite work out that way. Fifteen year later, and I haven’t finished a single extended story. This in no way hinders me though, each new piece I write is a new experience. I learn something from it. New ways to tell stories.
Writing is still very much my passion, and a learned talent.
That is the point of writing, story telling. You don’t need fancy words, and complex language to tell a deep and riveting story. You just need your own voice.
Practice makes better. There is no such thing as perfection. Chasing after it isn’t the point.
When people think of good writing they often pull up filler names such as Hemingway, and Fitzgerald, who are both fantastic writers in their own right, but they somewhat diminish the journey for the rest of us. They are the bar that is set in school. We are told they are the pinnacle of success in the genre.
Which is simply not true. If you have a story to tell, you should tell it. Don’t think too heavily on it. Just write. Let the ideas form themselves. The art is in the editing. That was where you tighten and smooth out the errors. Don’t focus on them so much when you’re just starting out.
You should just let the writing speak for itself. It’s about the fun of the experience.
It is about creating something meaningful from nothing. It isn’t something you can win or lose at.
We all have stories to tell. Whether or not you share them with others is entirely your choice. I do, however, suggest picking up the pen. You have what it takes, I promise you.
C. A. Guillory