Thoughts on : Writing

Hi bookish friends, how are you? I hope you had a wonderful week…I sure did, because, guess what, next week, my birthday is coming up! This makes me so, so happy, and certainly relieves a little bit of the stress I’ve been having lately. Celebrating with friends, and family soon with holidays coming up, is surely putting me in a better mood!

Today, I’m introducing you to a new bookish discussion, obviously it’s book-related, but not only…because it’s about, writing. With NaNoWriMo coming up next month, and with seeing everyone getting ready, or simply seeing people on my timeline talking about writing and editing and books… well, writing seemed like an interesting subject to bring up.

As readers, but as book-bloggers, too, we’re the closest we can be to publishers, to authors, to their books…basically, we’re close to the whole process of writing they put together. As readers, we get so quickly and easily immersed into imaginative worlds, that it’s sometimes even hard to get out. As readers, sometimes, it may have crossed your mind that, you too, could write a whole new world. That, for once, you could be on the other side of this bookish world.If you recognize yourself in this, then, maybe, you’re a writer. Whether you’re an aspiring writer, or thinking about writing, or just interested in the subject, then please, do keep reading.

“I have decided that maybe I want to write when I grow up. I just don’t know what I would write.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Speaking from experience, I can say that, as a reader, writing did cross my mind at multiple times, and it still does now, once in a while. Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m lying: every single day, I’m thinking about it. I used to write stories in my notebook, then on my blog. Last year, I started NaNoWriMo,but didn’t even write 10K. I’m living with stories in my mind, stories that can’t and won’t get out, for now. I’m living with lifeless characters inside of me, quotes from books I love and inspire me, there’s a whole different world inside of me. Inside every writer in this world, I think there’s this world, filled with stories that haven’t been told. Some readers hold them inside, too, but aren’t capable of getting them out. Okay, I’m making some assumptions, maybe. Are readers really more “destined” to become writers? If you’re asking me, then the answer is yes. Because we read, because we develop inside ourselves these whole different worlds, because we keep words in mind and think about book characters sometimes way too much for it to be socially acceptable. I think that, when you read, you’ll want to write, at some point in your life. Not for the sake of being called an author, not for the sake of having your name on a book cover. Just for the love of imagination, and to explore the power of our own.

““Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.””
― John Green

Writing, however, isn’t the easiest thing in the world. If you’ve ever looked into it online, then you surely saw all of the websites talking about writing, helping you shape your first novel, and stuff like that. Because, yes, there are methods. There’s a structure, a climax, there are some well-calibrated stuff that you probably already heard of if you wrote, or write something at the moment. There are characters to be thought of, deeply, and scenes to be written, then edited. There are so many things to do, when you’re thinking about writing. There’s a story to find. But that’s not the most tricky part. If you’re a writer inside, you’ll know the story you want to read. The one you need to get out of yourself. If you’re having something like that inside of you, then go, and write it. Because I’ll bet that someone, or everyone, really does want to read it.

Did you, or do you write? What do you write about? Do you think readers are more enclined at becoming writers? What do you think about websites that are helping to write, giving out advice?

Are you participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo? Why, or why not?

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18 thoughts on “Thoughts on : Writing

  1. Yay, NaNo!
    Not all readers are writers, but all writers HAVE to be readers. You can’t write unless you also read, so us readers do have an advantage there.

    For NaNo I often write fanfiction, for various fandoms, it depends what I’m into at the time. I had two years where I wrote original stories and that went well too. I just like using NaNo to kick my ass into gear because I’m sooo slow at updating stories, it drives my readers insane XD

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    1. I agree with you, writers definitely have to be readers 🙂 I understand, I really want to do that, too, because I’m really slow, and life keeps getting in the way so I don’t find time to write anymore lately! 🙂
      I’d love to read your stories 😀
      Thank you so much for stopping by! ❤

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  2. I started my blog because I felt like I needed to start writing and finally letting some of those thoughts out! It’s no novel, but at least it’s a start. So I think you’re already writing. Your characters will come out eventually! Also.. shouldn’t it be NaWriNoMo..? National Novel Writing Month just sounds weird…No? Just Me? Okay. 😉

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  3. Yes! I love this post! I am definitely an aspiring writer and I can totally agree with your points here. I think being a reader is definitely a way that brings out the dream and passion to write. Exploring so many other fictional worlds and stories really makes you want to discover what you can do and what worlds you can discover. And personally I believe writing, especially writing fiction is such a beautiful and artistic way of revealing or exploring parts of yourself as a person and to show readers some of the things you believe in when you don’t want to say it out loud!
    I could go on and in but I’ll stop here. Wonderful post Marie 💗

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    1. You’re so right! Reading so much is really what made me interested in writing in the first place. And what a beautiful, and true thing to say, writing really does bring out some parts of yourself you don’t even suspect are here, sometimes! 🙂
      Thank you so much, Josie! ❤

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  4. I think one of the most important aspects of being a writer is routine. Since I graduated (I minored in creative writing. It’s the only thing I want to do with my life, basically), I have been trying to write one very short story a week (1 page of A4). It’s so much easier once you make a habit out of it.

    It’s also important – and I am SO bad at this – to be patient with yourself. I heard Ira Glass off This American Life say once that the reason that we want to create – kind of like you’re saying – comes because we have really great taste. We see this amazing art and we love the way that it makes us feel, so we want to make it ourselves, but – in the beginning at least – we are only aware of how shitty what we’re making is compared to the thing that made us want to create in the first place. His advice is that, no matter how bad it feels, you have to keep going. The only way you’re going to get better is by working at it, consistently, over a long period of time. For me at least, it’s so easy to forget that. When you read something amazing it’s easy to believe that the author was just born with their talent, rather than it being a thing that they cultivated over a long period of time. I think it’s like with anything else. The first step is doing it and the second is trying your hardest not to compare yourself to others.

    And that is my veeeery long winded opinion.

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    1. Wow, you’re so lucky you could do creative writing, they don’t do these kind of courses in my uni, well, and anywhere I think close to where I live 😦
      I understand what you mean, this is great advice, but one I’m having a hard time following. Keeping on trying sometimes gets hard, with life getting in the way obviously, but with motivation having its ups and downs. Like you’re saying, yes, it’s so hard to believe that some talents come by working really hard. I have a tendancy to compare myself to others waaaay too much, too, haha, so I guess there’s that, too!
      Thank you so much, I love that you took time to write such a long and amazing comment, this really inspires me 🙂 Thank you! ❤

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      1. That’s okay. I love to talk about writing. I did get really lucky with my course. I found out about creative writing being something I could study by accident. Matt Smith (who used to play Doctor Who) talked about how he did it in an interview and as soon as I heard that I was like that’s what I want to do! Haha, so basically Doctor Who was the reason the last 3 years of my life happened.

        I wonder if there are any writing groups near you that you could maybe join? Something like that might help you get some accountability, which is a massive help in terms of getting things finished.

        I understand what you mean about life getting in the way. I’ve graduated now, and after putting off getting a job forever I am starting one on Monday and I’m wondering where I am going to find the time. Being a grown-up is so annoying!

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      2. Haha, well, never underestimate the power of tv shows ;). I would love that, but sadly, I don’t know any of those, maybe I should look it up, but I don’t know if I’ll feel at ease…soomething to try maybe 🙂
        I understand, I hope you’ll find the time to write some more, since it seems important to you, I’m sure you’ll manage to do so <3. I agree with you, haha, I wish we could stop growing up! 🙂

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