You want to know a funny story?
Before I started blogging, I despised writing. I mean, it wasn’t horrible, but I would much rather be doing something else, like, say….drawing. Or swimming. Or reading. (I know, so surprising, right?) When my teacher announced we were writing an essay and my whole class groaned, I was part of that classful of kids groaning.
And then, I started a book blog. Weird, right? I had never been inclined to write reviews or discussions or anything of that sort, until suddenly, I did. Having a blog that people would actually read and comment on and share ideas was an amazing idea to me, and it sounded so much more fun than sitting down and just…..well, you know. Writing.
And then, things started changing. Once I started writing about the things I loved, even writing about the things I didn’t love became enjoyable. I became the only kid in my class to actually be excited about starting an essay. I started to adore the idea of writing itself, the concept of sharing and voicing your opinions out into the world. The idea of making a mark on the world using the written word. In the world we live in today, it’s sometimes hard to voice your opinion among so many people wanting to share their opinions and uniqueness. Writing gives people a tremendous amount of power, especially introverts who aren’t used to sharing everything out loud.When you write, people listen. I think that’s a pretty amazing concept.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been getting these crazy book ideas. Sometimes it will happen in the middle of math class, or while eating dinner, or in the midst of a swimming workout. It could be just a snippet of dialogue, or an image I’m dying to describe, or an actual plot twist that I have to somehow fit in with all my other ideas. Like a puzzle piece. Except, the entire puzzle sometimes seems too big and overwhelming to think about as a whole. Like, sometimes I just have to focus on one small part of the puzzle in order to complete it, one piece at a time.
Maybe I’m not making much sense. But my point is that writing is hard. There’s very few people that actually have the motivation to carry out and complete a novel, though we all dream of it. My advice is that you shouldn’t push yourself into writing something that you’re not ready to write. Instead of thinking about the big picture, focus on one small part of your project. Take baby steps. And then, when you’re ready, be prepared to write your heart out.
SO! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Are you working on any projects currently? Could you tell me about it?
Do you ever get these bursts of inspiration that you’re just dying to write down, like I do?
Do you ever lack the motivation to complete a project you started on? Do you have any advice for this problem?