“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut”
I’ve started writing a story. What originally was going to be a short story for my blog has turned into much more. I’m so excited that I’ve found my inspiration to go beyond my usual limits.
For so long I tried to push myself into writing an exceptional story. I plotted and planned and inevitably failed. Stephen King has written over 60 books and in a few has included advice to aspiring writers. One of his many pieces of wisdom was: “Storytelling is as natural as breathing; plotting is the literary version of artificial respiration.” I took these words to heart and gave up trying to force a story to happen.
I’m so glad I can finally say, a few months after reading his words, I’ve learned to allow the story to tell itself and merely use me as a vessel to put it on paper.
I’m going to throw myself into this and allow it to take over, giving it all I’ve got. I will try to still post occasionally to my blog, but I want this story to be my priority.
Thank you to those of you who have read, liked, and encouraged my poetry and short stories. I hope I can count on your support in my endeavors as an author. Wish my luck in my new pursuit!