Blink. Blink. Blink. Does that annoying cursor mock you every time you sit down to write your next masterpiece? What comes next? Will this sound better or that? Writing an article or a story is pretty hard work if so much thought goes into it.
And that is exactly where most people get stuck.
Writing should come not from the head, but from the heart. An idea, a thought, a bare wisp of a concept: that’s all a creative mind needs. The words come flowing out of their own accord and before you know it, you have a story that is essentially you. It reflects your own personality and it reflects who you are as it is born of your impulses and feelings. Don’t try to conform to any patterns or templates, don’t worry about the language, express yourself and write the story that you would want to read.
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
-Neil Gaiman, Author
So the next time you have something to say, a story to tell, don’t hesitate. Put it into words. Your words.
Writing is a window into the soul. The beauty of writing lies in the little nuances of language and turns of phrases that makes each person’s prose as unique as a biological fingerprint. The next time you write, take a moment to analyze what you’ve penned down, and you might be surprised to find out more about yourself than any exhibition fortune teller could tell you. Those long, flowery sentences could belie a romantic turn of soul; short, tense ones might lead you to discover your penchant for drama.
Well, that of course begs the question now, “What if I don’t have even a ‘bare wisp of a concept’?” We all have those blank days when we feel just about as smart and creative as a potato. The solution is to look around you for inspiration. Look for something that you have a unique perspective on. Something seemingly ordinary and mundane can turn into something beautiful when you give it life. No one in the world can see things the same way as you do… unless you show them how.
But, now that you have an idea, how do you convert it into something that people will want to read? Every writer has a certain style, a panache that is unique to them. Be it humour, or sarcasm, or satire, or philosophical and deep, or just being plain old jolly-light-hearted, this style is the signature of the writer. It is what he or she does best, and what comes naturally to them. Find your style. Explore it, expand it.
It’s a wonderful thing to be able to write but do not mistake it as a gift for few. Anyone can write. Practice is far more important than innate talent. It’s easy to get disheartened at first, when the words you churn out don’t seem to meet your own , but sometimes you just need to crank out a couple of ugly first drafts before you discover a diamond in the rough.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably already in college, or perhaps you’ve just entered. This is the last time you’ll get to take it easy before you go out in the world, so use this time to cultivate new skills. Use this time to write. We guarantee it’ll make you a better person. We know that it’s already done that to us.