Dear Writers Everywhere,
Something that I’ve had on my mind recently is writing. By “recently”, I mean in the past couple weeks(when I haven’t been blogging….), and by “writing” I mean blogs, newspapers, books- all the different forms, but especially the book part.
What has held my fascination for so long is my admiration for fictional story-writers. All other writers are great in their own right, I am not saying fictional story-writing is the only good sort of writing by any stretch. It’s just the one category that I find particularly enamoring because it’s the one I feel completely incapable of doing! I’ve done pretty much every other kind of writing I think- research papers, poetry, speeches(very few of those, thankfully), and even short stories. But whenever I try to do a full-blown chapter-after-chapter story, I find that I am without material. Call me unimaginative. Maybe it just means I’m not a very good writer. Either way, it can’t be done, so I have a deep appreciation for fictional story writers, especially the ones who write well AND have a good story.
I think for most people, writing takes at least some effort. You can tell me if you think I’m wrong, but it’s my opinion. At the very least, it takes some thought. Research papers take research and a lot of time and thought. Poetry takes rhyming skills, imagination, and time and thought. Speeches take at least some boldness to speak them to the crowd(and some time and thought- otherwise your audience will be disinterested). Short stories take time, imagination, and more thought and more effort!
Now with fictional stories, you don’t have a limit on how long your audience will listen to you speak(although it’s a good thing to keep their attention!), and you don’t have any history/facts to use for your writing material like there is for a research paper. There’s no rule for rhyming the words….You are pretty much all on your own creating content for a story. This is what fascinates me….
It’s fascinating that you can keep all your character’s personalities straight as you write the story and keep them true to character. It’s fascinating that you can write one chapter at a time, focusing on the “now” of the story, while still keeping in mind what you will need to accomplish for the twists and turns later in the story. It’s fascinating that you have the imagination to come up with a story so different from anything else out there that it is worth reading versus some other story. It’s fascinating that you don’t get bored with the story after a while, and give up). I think that’s what I’ve done with pretty much every story I started to write- I came up with what I thought was a BRILLIANT beginning, but had nothing to follow it. I’m obviously just fascinated. 🙂
So thank you to all writers out there for being who you are. I promise I appreciate all your work, whether it’s fictional, poetry, biographical, or one of the many other types of writing! Reading your writing makes life more interesting. Thank you so much for putting your thoughts, imagination, work, and time onto paper(or a computer screen).
And then there are editors and illustrators…..But I’ll save that for some other time. 😉 Have a wonderful rest of your week, and keep on writing!