A little something about writing.
Here’s the thing about this blog, it’s a writing blog. So for my very first blogpost I would like the topic itself to be writing. I want it to be about how ‘writing’ works with perfect examples of what the writing process looks like.
First of all it’s the inspiration. What is Inspiration? I don’t actually know how to explain it. (Sorry.)
But that’s what it is.
Where does it all come from? What is it about?
Writing falls somewhere between not knowing what you’re going to do and then just letting it happen. You don’t actually know what you’re going to have by the end but that’s the point. Inspiration can be different for every writer. I like listening to people. I believe there’s always a story out there and if you pay attention it will find you. Once the story is found, my job is to give that story justice.
That’s not necessarily the case with everyone. I think one person who really gets the writing process is Austin Kleon, author of Steal like an artist and Newspaper Blackout.
Sometimes I think all our ideas are just waiting for us to have nothing else to think about.
It’s always a struggle between staying original and yet writing something that has an audience, or that will mean something. One common misconception about writers is that in order to stay original they try to write for themselves and no one else. That is not entirely true even when it’s mostly true.
As a writer you have to keep the projections of other people outside of your writing. It can kill originality but it’s also about striking a balance between writing what is real to you and what your readers will appreciate and relate to. You can’t write in order to write like someone even if that someone inspires you. There your creativity suffers its greatest set back. You have to keep this in mind about writing, the way you see it and the way you write when you do so honestly, will sound very different from what any other writer has ever written and that is a very good thing.
It might seem like the inspiration will just never come. That’s called a writer’s block. It’s a nightmare when you’re new to writing. It feels like you had one thing that you were good at and now even that is gone. But then you overcome it (and you do). I don’t honestly think creativity has a date for when it’s no more. You can do a lot when you’ve got nothing to write, enough to make you feel you never stopped writing. Also it’s true that worrying you may never write again can make the writer’s block feel more real than it is.
Writing has to be about you. People write primarily because they wanted to write, because they have it in them to express in a way that is symbolic even when what they are feeling is ordinary. Writing does not require that you beat every other writer to it, it requires (only) that you write something you would like to write about.
Some of the days you will feel like what you are writing might as well be shit. That’s because most of us end up trying too hard, as if you’re trying to squeeze out the very last of product from a tube and you realize it’s still not enough. You can’t control creativity on the days when it doesn’t even feel like being around. That has to do with your mood and how you’re feeling, you see?
But you have to keep writing, you have to respect all the drafts that are not even worth looking at and you still have to write a new one. Give it time but stop counting. Write about something you’ve never tried writing about. Write about your cat. Write about 5th grade but write until you feel like you’re enjoying it again.
And most importantly,