Writing: An art or am I just going with the flow?

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

So here’s the thing: anybody can write. I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it. Anyone can pick up a pen and write something down. Does that make them a writer? What exactly makes someone a writer? The answer: I don’t know.

I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old and I’ve been calling myself a writer since I handed in my first story to my third grade teacher. I got a high mark and lots of praise so I figured since I had the talent, I might as well continue. I moved on to poems but I realised that I don’t understand poems in general, making me not like them so I went back to writing whatever random story popped into my head.

Even though anyone can be a writer, there is a bit of talent behind it. Some skill even. It’s not necessary that whatever someone writes automatically becomes a bestseller but it can happen. I’ve seen people come from out of the blue and rise up like a friggin phoenix and impress so many people with their literary skills. I’m not sure if, at times, luck has anything to do with it.

With writing, what I used to do was have papers strewn all over the place. I’d use my mirror and my cupboard doors and dry-erase boards an jot down any idea that popped in my head. Now I have a specific book for that but it was nice to see my ideas from my head to any available surface. I don’t always think up a full plot before I start a story- that’s also a new thing I’ve been doing. The last NaNo I took part in was 2015 I think, and although I didn’t reach the goal, I did go about it a different way. I had a plot, a music playlist, random scenes thrown out on the page. It was great, and while that story still isn’t complete, I know what I wanted from it.

I don’t write as much as I used to and it saddens me because I’m ‘too busy’ with so many other things that I don’t allow my thoughts to process and let new ideas form. I have a few WIP that I want to get back to because I believe they have potential. There’s one that I’m leaving as is. I’m not interested in writing about that topic anymore so I’m just going to let it stand.

I don’t know where I was supposed to go with this post but this is what I came up with. Thanks for sticking around.

Caron xx

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