“If I waited for perfection, I would never write.” – Margaret Atwood – (author of many books, amongst which ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)
When I started my writing adventure, I was filled with fears and doubts, knowingly that I was not skilled into the craft of writing itself, but still, I set myself to write something everyday, and this, even though if it was a sentence or two. At the beginning, and most of the time, no creative ideas poured into my mind, and I would go on scribble nonsense, but still, I did the work and typed my way through the struggle of beautifying my sentences. These first drafts of mine are total craps and practically unintelligible to the common of mortals, but yet, my passion for writing devours the whole negative mindset, and as well as the fear of typing words on my screen.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” – Stephen King – (author of many books, amongst which ‘Misery’, ‘Pet sematary’, ‘The Shining’)
Stephen King knows well the prime rules of the becoming of a writer, for I have personally experienced the fact that my writing skills – in every step of the way – developed through either reading (whether fiction or non-fiction), and as well as through the act of writing everyday, even if it goes along through noting down silly things. Thing is, if you want to, or is in need of developing your own style of writing, you will have to write a lot until your mind impregnates itself of the flow of style of your own personality. And you need to read a lot, so that you might learn and assimilate the contextual relationship, that will enable you, to come up on your own with the best composition that fits how you go on framing your own contexts.
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” -Neil Gaiman- (author of many books, amongst which ‘Coraline’, ‘Stardust’)
One word after another, it’s that easy and that hard, let me tell you why — as for me to sit down and type turtleishly those words, isn’t that hard, for me it is the part of describing the images in my head that seems arduous. I want the flow of those descriptive words and sentences to be as perfect as I imagine them to be. As I come from a multilingual country, where we alternate the way we talk, read, and listen everyday (alternate French, English, and Creole), it has, and it is still difficult for me to structure the type of context that I want to convey to high-standard readers. I slug very much along the way, but when I finish writing a sentence, my passion and pride is such, that all I wanna do is continue throughout the work.
“Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” -Louis l’amour- (author of many books, amongst which ‘Bowdrie’, ‘Lonely On The Mountain’)
Even one word typed on screen while you sit into calm space can ignite the flow of ideas of your imagination. No matter what, just start writing and the rest shall follow — that is what happens to me all the time, and in the end, passion wins it all.
“I started writing to please myself, a story I would like to read, and that is still true.” -Jean M.Auel- (author of many books, amongst which ‘The Clan Of The Cave Bear’ (my favourite book of all time), ‘The Plains Of Passage’)
Truth, there is nothing more pleasing to me than to sit down and type the story I want — like some sort of deliverance.
“Very few writers know what they are doing until they’ve done it.” -Anne Lamott- (author of many books, amongst which ‘Bird by Bird’)
I never really knew what I was doing, it only started with an inspiring spark to type the sentences I wanted to – and it flows like that… until finality.
“If you wish to be a writer, write.” -Epictetus- (Greek Stoic Philosopher, author of many wise sayings, amongst which ‘First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.’)
I do think that the moment there is proof that you are writing… then you are already a writer. End of story.
“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.” -Franz Kafka- (author of many books, amongst which ‘The Metamorphosis’, ‘The Castle’)
It happened that I stopped writing for some time, for I had lost all motivation for the craft. But after that the spark of my inspiration ignited again, I had great difficulty upon writing — as if my brain had rusted during these moments of pause.
“Finish your novel, because you learn more that way than any other.” -James Scott bell- (author of ‘The art of war for writers’)
“It is by forging that one becomes a blacksmith”. “It is by sailing that one becomes a sailor”. “It is by cooking that one becomes a cook.” “It is by writing that one becomes a writer.” “Practice makes perfect.” – And these are the motto I believe in. So without a doubt, I knew that if I dedicated myself to the craft of writing, I would be able to do it. I spent practically 5 years writing my book, where I dedicated myself almost everyday at the practice of polishing both my grammar and writing style, all the while learning to use the writing software I write with, and keep close eye on the maintenance of my computer (which is my writing tool), and in the end, writing my book through a computer has been the most stressing, dramatic, and alienated thing that I’ve done within my whole life, yet, the more I practice what I have come to understand, the more it became a little bit more easier for me in every step of the way.
“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” -J.k. Rowling- (author of the famous ‘Harry Potter Book Series)
Enough nerve, sprinkled with some rage, and loads of self-determination. I can’t say for now (as I am writing this post) what would become of my writing career after I have finished polishing my book, am I aiming too high!… I don’t know! But for now, I am positively assured that I am on the right track, I just got to thrive on these nerves until I see the end of it.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien- (author of the famous book series ‘Lord Of The Ring)
I am not lost, not after having learned and put everything into practice, on the contrary, I am wandering further and loving every streak of it.
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” -Terry Pratchett- (author of many books, amongst which ‘Good Omens’, ‘Night Watch’)
That first draft of yours will be horrible, mine was so horrid that at some stage of drafting I completely lost faith in what I was doing. I did not understood why what I wrote seemed so ambiguous, and not the same as all the great books that I read. And it’s only afterwards that I came to understand that what I was writing was only some kind of a rough summary of my stories, and that it was only through the endless rewrites that the stories I wrote really took shape.
“Write a little bit everyday, without hope, without despair.” -Isak Dinesen(Karen Blixen)- (author of many books, amongst which ‘Out Of Africa’, ‘Seven Gothic Tales’)
A little bit of writing everyday can lead to a book. A little bit of writing everyday can lead to a blog filled of contents that you are proud of – all I do is just write with great pleasure.
“By the time I am nearing the end of a story, the first part will have been reread and altered and corrected at least one hundred and fifty times. I am suspicious of both facility and speed. Good writing is essentially rewriting. I am positive of this.” -Roald Dahl- (author of many books, amongst which ‘Mathilda’, ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’)
If a great author like Roald Dahl said so, now imagine what a first time wanna be author like me might be going through during the phases of rereading and rewriting. However, passion is everything, and my love for writing my book, blogging about what I do or what I love, or even writing poetry, are stronger than all of my impatience.