I sometimes get funny looks when I tell people I write. Most people are enthusiastic, or at least vaguely interested, but some seem…perplexed. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and maybe they give me that look because I don’t seem to them to be the kind of person who writes—I have a day job in payroll, so I guess they don’t see the writer in me.
There was a day or two when I dreamed about writing for a living, but I was lucky enough to forget about that pretty quickly. It’s few authors who can make a decent living on writing books alone and making up any shortfall is a lot of work from what I’ve heard. I self-publish, but only because I can and I want to not because I want to make money or write a best-seller. Being a full time writer is not an easy life, but if you want to do it, go for it, and my deepest respect to you!
My real epiphany came one weekend when I did an exercise of defining exactly what success in writing means for me.
If I can feel the euphoria of writing, then that’s all I want. And because I have a great job that pays well I can indulge the fun of writing.
Writing for fun gives more freedom. If you plan to publish your eye is always on that end goal, and no matter what you intend or how you proceed that goal remains. When you write for fun you can forget all the rules—and there are lots and lots of rules! You can change point of view as often as you want, you can use the same word three times in two sentences, etc., etc. When you write for fun you can just let the words pour out in any way they want to.
And you don’t have to be ‘good’ at it.
In my opinion, anyone can write. I’ve had people say to me that they couldn’t write, that they wouldn’t know how to. Can you think of a story? Can your imagination play it through? Yes? Then you can write. The story is there—you just have to let it out.
So write. Write the way you want to and enjoy!
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