Every time I write a post about writing I worry about what others will say. I worry that someone will come along and tell me that I don’t know what I am talking about or that I am doing everything wrong. I start thinking about it, after re-reading my blog and making sure there are no mistakes I can be called out on, I realize that it doesn’t really matter.
There are two things that I bring to mind. 1. I am not telling you to take my advice or even that I am considering what I write advice. I am just giving a written account of all the things I struggle with as a writer and telling you how I handle those things. The only reason I even consider it advice is because a few people have said it was helpful.
2. No one really knows what they are doing. We are all stumbling around in the same life, trying to figure out what to do next. We are stumbling around pretending we know what we are doing.
It relates to writing the way it relates to life. We kind of have an idea what we are doing, we have guidelines and suggestions, but no assurance that we are doing the right thing. We have choices and each person makes their own choice.
For example, there is someone who has trouble sleeping. They have tried everything, but nothing helps. Then, they are offered a drug of some sort. Something that will help them sleep or keep them awake. They try this drug and all of a sudden they are addicted. Their sleeping issue may or may not be solved, but in the heat of the moment they took the route of drugs and now they have a life time of addiction to fight.
Another example, one that people feel the need to always criticize. Suicide and the choice to end life. I have been in that moment where suicide seemed like the only option, the only way to happiness. I have traveled that dark road and somehow, by the grace of God, made my way back to something much happier than death. Others are not so lucky.
The point is, we are all face with choices. Our choices my look dumb to others, but to you, the person making the decision, it is the right way to go.
How does this relate to the world of writing? I’m not even sure, I totally lost my train of thought.
Okay, got it back. The point is, we don’t know what we are doing. Should my work finally be noticed by someone who can help me make it big in the writing world, they will polish up my novel. They will rip it up, tear it apart, and hand me the pieces to put back together, but prettier. I still won’t know what I am doing at that point.
I am a writer. I turn words to sentences, sentences to paragraphs, paragraphs to chapters, and chapters to novels. I don’t know what I am doing. I just write. My main goal is to share the worlds in my mind with the world around me. I am no expert, but I can tell you how I face writers block. I can tell you how I learned to make my writing a little better. I can tell you how I keep track of my characters and story lines. I can tell you that writing should always be a hobby you love and never a job you hate.
Never be afraid to show the world what you have created. Can someone do it better than you? Possibly, but you will never know if you don’t give it a try. Life is too short to worry about what others like or hate about you. Just do you and along the way, share with others what you have learned.