How often have you been in a situation where you said, “Hey, that would make a great story”? Or, “I should write that down.” Then you file the episode away in a remote place in your grey matter and quickly forget about it. Or you take the initiative to put pen to paper and manage a paragraph or two before you are distracted by a presidential Tweet. I can’t tell you how many times I have played out similar scenarios, until I finally decided that the time to write is now or never.
Blogging is my way of sharing my worldviews, and experiences as an emerging author. When I began, I only had a vague storyline in mind. And no clue where to begin. Those classes in creative writing that I took decades ago needed to be retrieved from the depths of my memory, but that wasn’t enough to push me in the right direction. So I became a member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, in Denver, Colorado. And I began my journey into becoming a “bona fide” writer.
Never mind that a writer needs no credentials to be a writer. Any more than an author becomes an author by attaining critical acclaim. I learned, from my workshops and subsequent publication, that all it takes is a story you want to share, the desire to craft a work that’s engaging, and the necessary tools. And you have become a writer.
But if it’s that easy, why are there not more people out there publishing works that you would like to read? Novels, nonfiction, poetry, and prose that represent your ideals, your perspectives of life? My question to you is, why wait for someone else to write your story when you can write it yourself?
For some writers, the craft is a solitary affair. For others, especially those interested in nonfiction, it can be a very socially engaging. I fall in the former category, being an introvert. My stories are mostly a product of an overactive imagination. Newscasters and columnists, on the other hand, tend to be extroverts. And they find stories in other people’s daily activities.
So why not begin with you? Who are you? What interests you? It’s hard to write about something you have no interest in or curiosity about. Because even though writing can be financially rewarding, the most important asset for a good writer is the compulsion to create a well-crafted work.
If you think you don’t have what it takes to be a writer, you will never know until you try. There are so many stories out there that we can share with one another. Stories that are not limited by race, sexual preference, class, intelligence, religion, or cultural influence. Sometimes even the mundane can make for the most evocative poetry, or an informative how-to book. And unless all of us share our stories, we shouldn’t criticize the publishing industry for not publishing books that reflect who we are, what we want, or what we know.