It does not escape me that there are so many brilliant writers out there who paved the way for new and up and coming writers. I can only speak for myself when I say that I have great respect for the art and admire so many who came before me. I’d be remiss to not mention some favorites such as Edgar Allen Poe, Alice Walker, O. Henry etc. the list could probably go on forever. For me, the great thing about being a writer is that there is a tremendous amount of freedom in it because you can write anywhere. When I don’t have my laptop with me, I’ll simply pull out a pen and paper and go for it. Of course the sucky part of writing longhand is that your brain works faster than your hand and sometimes I tend to forget what I was going to write. Regardless, it all comes flowing back into my mind like waves on a beach.
I write because I can… What is so fascinating to me about that statement is that I didn’t know I could. My plan in life was to pursue something completely different than writing books or being a writer in general. For that reason, I feel that maybe that’s why I have so much love for the art. I remember the day I started writing my first book like it was just yesterday. I had a story in my mind and I couldn’t find what I was looking for in a bookstore or library…because it was My story. One can only tell their own story. Toni Morrison once said, “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” So that’s what I did. With lots of prayer and hope I went for it. With my second novel coming out this Fall, I can only say this is just the beginning. I have so many great stories to tell and so many characters to create, and I love how the characters come alive in my mind–so much so it’s almost as if I really know them.
I write because I live… I live to be inspired to write. There are so many reasons to create a story. I wrote a short story one night after watching one of my favorite movies and it just came to me. Before I knew it, I grabbed a pen and paper and kept writing until the story was finished. That is what I love the most, anything can spark your creative side and suddenly, like magic, the words trickle out. I’m also inspired by other writers. Getting lost in books is so rewarding and therapeutic–plus it helps to possibly ward off Alzheimer’s 🙂 Reading is the best form of learning and it builds character and creativity within you. As long as there’s life, there’s always a reason to write.
Charles Bukowski said, “Don’t Try.” Those two words really resonated with me because so many of us stress out over deadlines and putting pen to paper but if we don’t try and have patience…the creativity or story or whatever is going on in your life will come. We just have to sit back and give it time…