I have an idea for a story..
Better yet, I have a few ideas for different stories, but the one that came to mind recently has been insisting upon being written. Never have I ever considered myself a ‘writer,’ or thought I could be one. In high school like I think every other teenage girl probably does, I wrote composition books full of angsty poetry, but that, journaling and boxes of love letters I wouldn’t dare give to ‘my soulmate’ at the time was as far as my ‘writing’ went.
So I’m in the weird space where I am making excuses as to why I ‘can’t’ do this. I can’t write this story because I have no freaking idea what I’m doing. I’m a reader and that doesn’t automatically make me a writer. What do I know about authoring a book?
I watched a Youtube video today, a TedTalk by Author, John Dufresne and didn’t even make it ten minutes into the video before I had an entire page of notes jotted down. One of the first things he said described me at this moment perfectly, “Thinking about writing is not writing. The story doesn’t exist before the act of writing.” It is one of the greatest TedTalks I’ve ever watched! If you’d like to check it out for yourself, click here.
So I could keep thinking of the story. I could focus on how I don’t have the time. I’m back in school which requires a lot of focus, and blah blah blah, I’m too tired, but the story will never get written. If there’s anything I’ve learned from the author chats I’ve done, it’s to just go for it. Putting it off won’t make it happen.
I have three ideas that have been on my mind Heavy lately, but the one I am going to start first all started with me growing Pinterest. That place is wonderful for inspiration. I am still unclear on a few things, and have quite the kinks to work out but that’s okay. I trust that my imagination and the writing process will carry the story the way it needs to go.
Once I have a little more written I will update you and give more details. I am scared, nervous and all kinds of crazy excited. I’ve been reading my entire life and it wasn’t until I began reading romance that the thought of writing a book of my own started crossing my mind. There’s the one voice in my head screaming, “girl, sit down!”
But I’m just going to ignore her and go for it. If this is you, I encourage you to do the same. Put pen to paper and start writing your story. I’m here rooting for you!