People who have the need to create tend to be able to be alone for long hours and lose themselves in their own little world. They often construct different lives and scenarios in their heads. This information finds itself woven into their stories or becomes the basis of their creations. Writers are no different. I can get very excited about a story idea and so energized by it where I feel the strength behind it. The force is strong where I could move a stalled car. This is the feeling where if I don’t create something, then my body will feel numb, and my mind will feel restless. Or is it the other way around? My body will feel restless and my mind will feel numb. Either way, both don’t bring me any kind of peace.
Writers who are people don’t have the write. Instead, they need to write. They need to write because if they don’t, a part of them slowly dies, and so diminishes why they exist in the first place. Certain people are born writers. I believe it wholeheartedly. Other people are born athletes. I’m not one of them. Some people are born musicians. I’m definitely not one of them. Writers are as varied as athletes and musicians. Writers are as varied as teachers and police officers. Anyone remember Janet Evans? Her often cited unorthodox swimming stroke during the Olympics was a hot topic, and not every swimmer is tall and muscular. I’m a slow writer. Wish I was faster. I’m a thoughtful writer. Wish I wasn’t so much. I’m a perfectionist writer. Definitely wish I wasn’t this. If I’ve learned anything, you recognize your talents and try to capitalize on them in your personal life, and work toward accepting them.
Writers keep their minds rational through personal writing. This reflective writing often happens within their journals. I am currently on my 102nd journal. Many ideas and thoughts for my writing end up in them along with my random and recurring dreams, as well as other thoughts. It is important for writers to get out their frustrations, motivations, inspirations, and any other feelings that might inhibit their writing. I plan on burning all my journals when I reach my next stage in life. I hope it happens sooner than later, but if it doesn’t happen, the bonfire is happening anyway.
The worst thing a writer can do is to infect how she or he feels within a character that clearly is NOT him or her. There’s a fine line between writing what you know, but a male with chauvinistic behaviors is not the female writer who is a feminist. You might ask yourself why would a feminist write about a male with chauvinistic tendencies? I believe the mark of a good writer is being able to write about a character so unlike him or her, but be able to write it in such a way that readers are amazed the person is not what they envisioned him or her to be. I think variety is good for any writer. Challenge yourself as a writer. Challenge your characters. Challenge your comfort levels. Challenge your skill levels. But most of all enjoy all of the challenges along the way as a writer.