As of late I’ve come across some great material that got me thinking about why I write in the first place. The article above from The Collaborative Writer gets it exactly right. I admit it: I am my own worst enemy. I tend to over-think everything and spend too much time planning what I’d like to do when I really should be writing. I. Just. Need. To. Write. Why is that so difficult in practice?
The thing is that I truly believe everyone has a story. No one has a perfect life. Everyone is struggling with something and conflict is the heart of any great story. Not only does that simple premise – everyone has a story – get to the heart of why I write, it is also the reason why I love to read. I am drawn to biographies and autobiographies or any good plot driven by realistic conflicts dealt with by well-rounded characters.
Again, I keep going back to asking myself why it has to be so hard. I love to create. I know what I like to write. I always feel more myself when I write. Why don’t I write more? I think we all need to ditch the excuses.
The video included below I came across as part of training for my position as a clerk. I love the message of the video. It is all too easy to forget that everyone is struggling with something.
- Let’s start at the very beginning: Why Write At All? (collaborativewriter.wordpress.com)
- Writing Challenge: Character Development (theevolvingdad.wordpress.com)
- 7 Easy RulesTo Write Your Best Chapter. (Rule 1: Write Your Worst Chapter.) (thebestchapter.com)
- Writing Thoughts on Compositions as a Whole (crampedwriting.com)
- Writer Interview: The Lovely Monique McDonell Talks About Her Writing And Creative Process (pamelacook.wordpress.com)