The Writer's World - some advice?

The Writing World is crazy but how did I get here? How did you get here? How do we welcome newcomers to this craziness?

 

I first became a writer when I was five, making my sister write down the thoughts that I just couldn't contain. I can't exactly pinpoint what inspired me because I was young and my childish imagination ran wild, but now I can have some guesses about it.

I write because I can and because I count this as my superpower. For a long time I dedicated my stories to its readers and when they didn't get the recognition I thought they deserved I nearly quit, deciding that the worth of my stories was based on view counts and comments and feedback. But it shouldn't have been, stories have to count for ourselves and then we let others in. Feedback is almost vital to improvement yes, but it does not equal worthiness. 

Phillip Pulman inspired me to read and a book called Indigo inspired me to write. I didn't like the latter book and I thought I could do it better - write the mermaids depicted better than a published author. I now look over what I wrote then and recognise how far I've grown. 

The first novel I ever completed - I Am - was inspired by a competition here on Movellas, asking us all to beat the cliches and from there Cassiopeia Turrow was born and her mission was cemented. Up There so High was born next, coming into fruition from a dream where my brain conjured one of the final battle scenes. It was wacky and crazy and exactly what my defintion of fantasy is. Fantasy is pushing the boundaries of reality, of letting our imagination have control of the rules and regulations of the world. 

Inspiration is everywhere. All we have to do is find it and shape it into the right form. Just half an hour before I was inspired by this video; VE Schwab, an author I have met and stumbled through conversations with, talking about searching for the right doors when it comes to writing.

 

But what do we do when we have an idea? You maybe have a character in mind or a line or a word, but what do we do then? 

I can't exactly tell you what to do because everybody is different. But usually how it works for me is asking questions about what we have just come up with. Why? How? When? The why allows my idea to run and suddenly I have another line that's connected, that allows its own questions to come into frution. 

I don't like to plan, I've never liked it because my ideas seem too busy and too important to sit there and plan indefinitely. I get the bare minimum and then I'm writing paragraphs chasing after the high that I get when the idea is completed and shown to other readers. But I've learned the downsides to it. Writing can appear rushed and inaccurate, not solid compared to what it could be, worlds could be half thought out through ignorance and characters less than they could be. 

In-depth planning may not be vital but it helps.

This time with the Mermaid project I'm rewriting I've sat down and started to plan, burrowing down the feeling of being rushed by writing out paragraphs that may help me on my journey. 

The website Notebook.ai has helped immensely by plotting out universes and characters, their traits and locations, their habits and their ticks. I know I have a long road ahead of me but my goals will be reached. 

I know this because my old goals, the goals I thought only to be dreams, have been attained after many years.

When I was 13 and first starting on this site I never imagined my work would be read by anyone or loved by anyone, I never thought that Movellas would open doors for me. Five years later I have several novel-length projects completed - helped by Nanowrimo which allows me to set goals - and I've grown as a writer. 

But there's going to be setbacks. Actually, I don't call them that, I call them roadblocks. These are the things that stop us or hinder us from writing; writer's block, not feeling worthy enough, others opinions or just life in general. I promise myself that I will get over them, that there is another route I could take to get around this roadblock or that brute force will be enough. When this happens I write paragraphs that aren't connected with what I'm stuck with, I read and seek inspiration, I plan if I can and then I come back to it and I promise myself that I will write something even if it's just a sentence or a word. 

Something is better than nothing and as Patrick Ness said once to me; "You have to beat the blank page".

I set myself goals every day or every week and I write because I can because I am addicted to it now. These goals don't have to be finished they just have to be attempted. 

The life of a writer may be madness but it proves that we are able to be superheroes because our thoughts are powerful. Maybe that is the best drug, the best inspiration I could ever have. 

Good luck my fellow writers on your own journeys and adventures, go forth into the craziness and shout that you can do this. 

 

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