Aspiring and newbie writers…stop living underground!
When you’re new to writing, or when you’re not getting paid for your stories yet, you may tend to consider writing as secondary, as a hobby, as something you do whenever you have some free time, thus burying your talent and your passion, and going underground.
I’ve been guilty of putting my writing second to my day job many times, of letting my well of inspiration almost go dry.
As a creative person, working my ass off in non-creative, routine tasks had nearly left me with no words inside wanting to be shared. My values and principles clashed so much with my day job that I started doubting about my passion and vocation, and stress started to build up. And we all know what stress does to creativity.
Soon, I felt too tired to write every day. I started making excuses and I quit my writing routine. The less I wrote, the less I wanted to write. Words weren’t calling for me anymore and “the pool where we all go down to drink” —as Stephen King refers to inspiration in his novel Lisey’s Story— was suffering from a bad drought.
That was living underground for me, a time with no inspiring light, with no schedule and no commitment to my passion for words. Then, one day, I came across Eric Maisel’s A Writer’s Paris, and I read about the joy of writing anywhere, everywhere, and the commitment to write everyday, no matter what.
I also learnt about how easy it is to stop writing because as most artists do, writers seldom have tons of self-confidence. Once you start making excuses for not writing, doubts settle in, and your stories don’t look that good anymore.
I wouldn’t say that a book cured me from my non-writing phase, but it taught me what real writers do, how do they live and work, and got me on my tracks again.
If you are a writer, writing is your main job and occupation, regardless of what you do to earn your living. When you see yourself as a writer, call yourself a writer —not a teacher, or a shop assistant who accidentally “writes a little”—, and work everyday in your stories, you stop living underground, and you bring your writing out into the light.
That’s where all writers, painters, musicians and artist must live.
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