Have you wondered if you could be the next J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, or even J.R.R. Tolkien? This post on "The Power of Writing" may help you determine if you have the potential.
A Word with the Audience
It's been so long since I've been able to connect with my audience via my blog that I've decided to share some of my journal entries to help me post more regularly during these dry writing seasons. The first of which, included below, is called "The Power of Writing."
Considering that my inspirational "well" has been tapped from all the writing I've been doing on other projects (namely getting my newest books edited and published), I've simply not had the energy to contribute here on the blog.
So, rather than leave everyone hanging, I decided the best thing for me to do—while I'm waiting for inspiration to strike—is to copy entries from my journals (lightly edited, of course). Don't worry, I will only be including entries that will provide valuable content...not any rambling or self-talk for pages and pages.
In regards to the topic of The Power of Writing, my journals have served to help me...
- Better understand my own thought processes
- Work out solutions to problems both in my personal life and in my business
- Spread my writing "wings" and gain perspective, soaring above all the clutter
There are countless other benefits to journaling, but I'll not take up any more of your time by listing them just now. (Maybe that's a topic for another blog post.)
So without further ado, here's an entry from my Ecosystem Journal (which I dubbed my "Whatever Happens Happens" journal) entitled "The Power of Writing." I hope this and any other entries I plan on sharing serve to benefit you as much as they have me.
The Power of Writing
Written August 14, 2014 at 7:30pm at Books-A-Million
You know what's weird? Sitting in a bookstore with shelves and shelves of books...and not knowing what to write yourself. It's like everything's been written already; what more could you possibly contribute?
On the other hand, after the Harry Potter series was written, I'm sure a lot of people thought "That's it, I give up! I'll never write anything that good!" Then, along came The Hunger Games, the Divergent series, more Stephen King books, the Mortal Instruments series, and hundreds more.
I had a guitar student today who basically told me he was nervous to play in front of a "master" guitarist (he meant myself), and that he was in awe of how I taught myself what I know without the aid of professional lessons. (I guess having my own professional guitar courses scared him a bit.)
My response was, "Well, I just play guitar, and I've been playing for over twenty years." To which he said, "I have too, but look at me versus what you can do!" It was a classic Sensei/Grasshopper or Jedi/Padawan moment.
When you think about it, writing—or any other skill, for that matter—isn't much different. Just like any other hobby or profession, it takes...
- Hard Work
- A passion for what you do
- The willingness and hunger to learn on a continual basis
- Continual improvement
- Most of all, just doing it!
Everything else is intangible when compared to ACTION!
Did Stephen King quit writing after the Harry Potter series was published? Not by a long shot. You write for yourself before writing for any audience, publisher, agent, editor, etc. Everyone is truly unique, so everybody has many unique stories to tell. I would venture to say there's not just one book in everyone but many.
Some authors have written hundreds of novels and books (Isaac Asimov comes to mind)! And as far as the length of books goes, War in Peace, Bleak House, The Lord of the Rings, The Stand, and countless other epically-proportioned works have enough words in them to be considered many smaller volumes in one.
Beside all this, even J.K. Rowling had to start somewhere. Her beginnings as an author were meager, to say the least. Divorced mother, jobless, nearly homeless, numerous losses in her life; yet she had an idea, a character, a glimmer at first, then the entire seven-story series—she even wrote the last chapter of the seventh Harry Potter book before she had the first book completed.
Still, the characters and stories—and, yes, Quidditch—would never have been known to the world as they are today if she hadn't committed to taking action and writing every chance she could. Rowling wrote much of her first Harry Potter book in a coffee shop while her infant daughter was sleeping in the stroller. She was too poor to afford anything other than a cup of coffee per visit.
Even J.K. Rowling had to start somewhere!
Which brings me back to the present. I'm sitting here in the coffee shop section of Books-A-Million (Joe Muggs) writing words unique to me. No other books on the many shelves, out of the many thousands of books, have the exact same words in them that I'm writing in this journal now.
That's a very powerful, liberating thought. I have the same power and opportunity as J. K. Rowling, Charles Dickens, Stephen King, or any other writer—published or not.
So why not just write for the POWER of it?
So there you have it. Hopefully, I'll be able to create more content here on the blog via repurposing the content I've already created in my various journals. This is something I've wanted to do for some time. They've been so valuable to me personally that I've even considered making entire books out of them for purchase.
For now, though, I must focus on finishing the books I already have in the works!
Until next time.
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