When I began writing as student in middle school, there were no signs in sight that told me I would be writing later on in life for fun. Well, except for the poetry I loved to write, the daily journal entries, and my obvious excitement for creative writing. (That did not happen until 9th grade, and I had a pretty amazing creative writing teacher in my defense.) I am pretty sure most of us did not simply start writing because we were bored. I started writing because I loved the stories I read. I am a huge fan of the Lord of The Rings, Lord of The Flies, and my all- time favorite, A Tale of Two Cities. The visuals these tales create are so powerful, you are pretty much forced to just paint the picture in your mind. When I started writing, my strength in writing was descriptive scenery. Taking something like, “The fog was thick outside.” and turning it into “A blanket of fog so thick only gave way to the outlines of the bare-boned tree branches.” I was the guy to take the long way in writing. I found more appeal in what’s really there, and imagining myself as the character I’m attempting to create. What does he see? What does he feel? What sounds are around him? I always asked myself those types of questions when I would write.
In my writings today I focus more on creating a story based on a character people can relate to. I typically write a story based on the typical teenager going through typical things. I’m building myself up to work on more adult-related content. It’s less about the scenery and more about the personal battle with what would be the “scenery” (I.E, peers, family, teachers, etc.) to give each reader a different picture of what the character is going through. I don’t read too many novels these days. I am more inclined now to read blog posts of a persons successes and struggles or a personal review on things. I would like to break into a good novel. Any personal recommendations are greatly appreciated.
So how exactly does one stay committed to writing? Well, I am sure I speak for all writers when I say it is not an easy task. But it’s a rewarding feeling and a well deserved accomplishment when you finish a piece of writing. Writing Novels, Short Stories with a continuation, and even how-to guides takes time and effort. There will always be some stories you start but do not finish, some you start and finish, and some you want to start but you have difficulty getting all of your ideas together. The one way I learned to get through times like that is to walk as your character. Fill in the details step by step. Take yourself out of the writer’s chair, and into the characters’ shoes. Ask yourself, “what would I be doing now if I were (character name here)? It works for me whenever I write my short stories, especially because I am focused on actual conditions. So say you have a character named Ron, and he had Diabetes as a child. What would you do if you had diabetes as a child? I won’t say the method will work for everyone, but it will for sure open some emotional doors as you really think about the story of your character. Another method is just drawing yourself a bubble map of your character or subject and then just going wild with possible key ideas for the story. My goal is to always have at least one key idea and no more than three.
So for anyone wanting to pick up writing, it is definitely a skill that will take you places, but it also takes time to get there. One bad story doesn’t make you a terrible writer. Without that one failure none of us in any of our talents would truly grow in them.