Exploring the world of blogging can be incredibly insightful. I recently found blogs from writers – real writers – writers who struggle and toil in their quest for writing worthy of their exceptionally high standards they set for themselves. Writers who get stuck, writers who lack direction, sometimes words and often confidence in their capabilities.
Someday I hope to stand with them, simply and only to know I have gone through the same efforts in an art I deem so highly. To know myself in a way that only a writer can and how he relates that in his characters and to be able to express that to others with honesty and openess.
I am finally trying for this. In my teenage years I loved it. And I am certain in my adult years, it is the only constant I have managed. But to actually put myself into that category I hold in the greatest esteem?
So far, in my limited reading, I have discovered that writers (or those trying for it) don’t place limitations on their work, constantly trying for something original or something profound can lead to frustration. Finding something commonplace and ordinary and articulating it in a way that is accessible and true certainly makes for brilliant writing. Why the urge to always leap to the extraordinary?
Further, being a good writer does not necessarily rest on experience, but writing something that you would like to read.
And lastly, my favorite piece of advice read so far, fake it until you make it, from an incredibly creative soul, Austin Kleon. Literally, be writer/creative/musician. Make your world about what you hope to see or achieve, surround and immerse yourself with such things and the universe will respond accordingly. The world will reflect it and give back what you are seeing, thinking, feeling. Fake it, till you make it.