Quiet the voices that say no
There used to be this loud voice in my head that plainly said, “No” when I first thought about writing seriously. The voice told me all kind of reasons why I should not pursue writing. It said things like, “Who is going to read it anyways,” “You didn’t even go to school for writing, so you won’t know what you’re doing,” “You don’t have time to write.” If you hear that voice, quickly get rid of it. That voice is called self-doubt. If you keep it around, you will never write. I find a quote from Van Gogh very encouraging:
“If you hear a voice within you saying: You are no painter, than paint by all means, lad, and that voice will be silenced, but only by working.”
Think of reasons you should write
Yes, convince yourself with encouraging reasons why you should write. For me writing felt comfortable. I did feel some intimidation concerning the editing side of it. But telling stories and coming up with ideas seemed to flow easily for me. I enjoyed creating different worlds and writing in them. Writing is the way I choose to communicate my ideas, provide entertainment, and inform. When you think of why you should write, don’t think about the complexities of it like I did. All those things become easier as you learn about them. A good editor will help with making sure you have all the grammar marks in the right place. I want you to focus on the way it makes you feel. If you feel like it comes natural for you, or gives you a feeling of satisfaction, you should write. I know when I finish a writing piece, whether it be a blog, book or a very short something, I feel accomplished.
Discover your freedom
Once you have freed yourself, now the fun can began. Take the time to discover your voice. This might take some time as you sort through what you have been taught and what really is your voice. If you are a reader, think about a book you read and notice how the author describes a scene. Think about how you would describe that same scene. I have read books where words were so eloquently placed together to come up with this elaborate statement to describe or introduce something. I used to think, “Wow,” I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that. But, I soon realized I didn’t have to. That is not my voice that is their voice. One thing I think makes a story interesting is the unique, natural, flow of words. When I write I’m not trying to impress others with how well I know the English language, my purpose is to share who I am. For those who pay attention, you can catch a glimpse of what is important to me when I write. Another way you might go about discovering your freedom is to think about what message you would like to share with others. Creative writing exercises is a good way to practice your freedom.
I’m not saying writing is easy. I am saying if you feel writing is for you, by all means do it. Finding something that makes you feel accomplished is a must. Whatever you choose to do there is something to learn, and learning is growth. Just remember, you have your very own voice and that’s the voice the world should hear.