Today, i reproduce a piece i really enjoyed reading by Hope Clark which i stumbled on,on one of the writers group portals i belong to. Thought i share. Enjoy!
I firmly believe that every writer starts writing for
a hobby. It’s a test to see if you have what it takes
to write a story. Some start in college. Others never
receive professional education in the craft. But all
begin tentative, uncertain if writing will take root
in them, or if it’s a fleeting desire, like losing
weight or planting a garden.
But it should start that way. Anyone who has never
written more than the random, angst-ridden poem, and
then professes he shall become a writer (envision
standing on a stool, fist raised to the universe),
is a fool. Writing isn’t about professing to the world.
It’s about convincing yourself.
Talk, talk, talk. All this chatter about telling the
world your writing goals so you’ll stick to them is
bunk. The rest of the world doesn’t care. At least they
don’t care about whether you write. God knows there are
enough writers out there. Readers are at no loss for
reading material, so if you don’t write, no big deal.
Writing is passion. It’s a nurtured talent. One isn’t
born writing anymore than one is born speaking English.
It’s an acquired skill. And like English, it isn’t
learned passively. It’s learned by trying one word at
a time, stumbling, searching for proper usage.
We don’t learn English easily. We also don’t step up
before crowds and give speeches when we just start.
Imagine the embarrassment. Imagine the lack of communication.
So why do we start writing and decide our first project
will be a book? It’s no different than giving a speech
to Congress at five years old. Nobody will take you
seriously. Nor will they buy your book.
Writing isn’t for everyone. It’s for those who’d rather
write than eat. It’s for the person who forgets to
pick up a child from school because Chapter 23 is so vivid
in her mind. It’s for the soul who cannot sleep for
chewing on plot points or a character’s reaction to his
lover dying two thousand miles away.
It’s a hobby . . . until you realize there’s no option
but to make it a profession. And that’s fine, because
there’s enough pressure on a writer as it is. Don’t
put more on yourself.