The Aspiring Writer series is a collection of my thoughts and experiences on my writing journey. Thoughts and experiences that I can share to not only encourage and inspire other writers, but to also keep it real. After all, my journey is only in its infancy, but we all have to start somewhere right? If you’re an aspiring writer in any way, shape or form, I hope you enjoy, and of course, feel free share with others.
The Aspiring Writer: Getting Serious
Are writers born or created? It’s a little bit like the chicken or the egg question isn’t it?
When it comes down to it, all writers are a little of both. There must be something in our DNA that forces us to take on the challenge of writing a book out of sheer passion. Something that compels us to sit down and lose hours upon hours of otherwise productive time procrastinating about writing. You’d think that doing something you love would be easy, but we all know, writing is far from easy, yet we still do it.
This is something I’ve been thinking about lately. About the whole compulsion to write without any promise of recognition, validation or monetary reward, just sheer internal satisfaction – and even then, that feeling can be fleeting.
So when does writing turn from a hobby into something more serious. Something that makes you turn your world upside down to work towards?
This is where I think that writers, are created. Where decisions are made, goals set, mindsets changed, and of course where the D-word comes into play.
I’ve found that getting serious about writing has been more of a gradual process. It’s been a series of rungs on a ladder to get to the point where getting serious now means, getting the work finished and sending it out.
Sure we can get serious about putting in the hard work, and taking ourselves seriously as writers.We can get serious about calling ourselves a writer – from the aspiring writer to the unpublished author. We can take ourselves seriously, that is the easy part. It’s taking the writing seriously that’s the challenge.
What I mean by that is, giving your writing the chance it needs to be great. And this is done by completing the journey.
I now have manuscript one, which I’ve been working on for the best part of three years mind you, in a position where I have to get serious with it. I’ve done the rewrites, I’ve done the edits and now it’s time to put it out there.
I need to finish the journey.
Deep down I know this isn’t the manuscript that will end up being published. Maybe it will see the light of day eventually, but instinctively I know it won’t be my first published work. Even so, I need to give it the chance. I need to get serious with it.
I need to experience the rejection so I can move forward. So I can learn from the entire process from idea through to draft, through editing and through submission. And yes, through rejection.
Only then will I know that I am taking my writing seriously.
Only then will I understand the process fully and be able to savour the taste, hoping each time it gets sweeter.
Only then can I move on to the next project, and the next, and the next, knowing that my writing is improving with each and every sentence, paragraph and chapter. Knowing that one day, someone else might just take my writing seriously enough to publish. Maybe.
So, yes, I’m getting serious about writing. Wish me luck.
Is it time for you to get serious about writing?