Listen to the Voices . . . unless they mess with who you are!
Posted by SwordBearer
Over the past week I have read a lot of wonderful advice on writing, editing, agents, querying, plots, characters, layout, writer’s block, etc, etc . . . I mean, there is just so much and so many people out there who have many wonderful things to offer and say and share. Their personal experiences can be intimidating; they have ‘war’ wounds to show how long and how deep they have gone to find the perfect approach to writing that perfect novel that was always lurking in the bowels of their very beings!!! (If you believe that perfection for us mere mortals actually exists.)
The thing is, when you read all these blogs, and the tips and help and advice they give, you may feel overwhelmed and ask yourself, “Which bit of advice and help do I apply to my situation?” Granted, there is certainly someone out there who is going through, feeling, agonising exactly what you are at this very moment, but at the end of the day you have to solve your own problems and face your writing-demons yourself.
Personally, I love reading what other bloggers post, and most of the time I learn something and apply the lessons where necessary in my own work, I admit. But I am also very aware that it is so easy to allow these well-meaning people to control you and your creative processes – those natural God-given talents and skills, nevermind the burning passion inside you to write, write, write even if the world is about to end!
Yes, there are hundreds of thousands of writers out there who are very good at their craft, but there is absolutely NO ONE like you! There is no one else who carries within them the stories you have living and breathing and incubating within your very soul, created from your unique experiences of life, love, success, and loss! We can learn, yes, always, but we must not forget who we are: unique individuals with unique perspectives and unique stories to tell!
We were never meant to become a clone of another’s brilliance (or lack thereof), and it just concerns me that by reading too much advice we will forget our own brilliance and succumb to what the world already tries to do: make us look and sound like everyone else.
It is those individuals who have held on tightly to their uniqueness that have made their mark on the world and have lasted in their chosen professions for many, many years: actors, models, singers, fashion designers, authors, movie makers, etc, etc. It is those that have not conformed, that have listened to their own voices, and taken a chance on being their unique selves, that have impacted their world and made a lasting impression for decades, sometimes even for centuries.
The question you have to ask yourself is this: Do I believe enough in my talents, in the stories I have roiling around inside me screaming to get out, in my own unique brilliance that no one else in the universe possesses, to allow the world to see what I have to offer? By all means read, learn, take advice from those that have gone before and conquered their fears and doubts. Just, please, please don’t forget that you will never go through what they have and they will never experience what you will on your own journey.
Take a risk and allow your brilliance to shine! The world needs to hear your voice, too. Please let them do so; give them the chance to see something they never have before – and never will again.
About SwordBearerI am a fantasy and science fiction author. I have published three epic fantasy novels in a tetralogy with Xlibris Publishing, and a sci-fi short story, The Door. All are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other major online retailers. The Door is also available on Smashwords. I love reading everything from King to Koontz, Cussler to Brooks and Feist, to name but a few. Before writing became my life I was a professional ballet, jazz/contemporary dancer in South Africa. Writing and storytelling have always been passions since childhood, and I want to share them with the world!!
Posted on April 20, 2012, in Believe in Your Writing Abilities, Just Begin!, Passion versus Knowledge, Tools to Help You Get Started, You are a Creator! Believe it! and tagged Believe in Yourself, Dreams, Fantasy Authors, Fiction, New Authors, Online Writing, Passion for Writing, Writer, Writers Block, Writers Resources, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.