Have you ever sat down with something pounding in your head that you want to write out, but don't know how? If so, this one goes out to you!
Writing can get a bad rep. As students, we tend to think of writing as a long research report. We tend to think we can never be great writers because our favorite authors have had many great ideas. Well, you're not going to think that anymore!
As someone who has loved to write since fifth grade, I'm here to tell you, it does not matter what you write. It does not matter who likes it or who doesn't like it. Writing comes from your mind, your words, your passions.
I used to think writing was about being perfect. I had to choose the perfect words. I had to make sure there were more words rather than more passion. I believed writing was about success and not joy. If we, writers, shoot for quantity over quality, then what's the point?
I remember taking part in Young Authors in elementary. I loved it. It was a way to express myself. It was a way to put all the creative stuff I had going on in my mind on to paper. I look back at the "book" I wrote and I'm glad I did it. I see the passion I had for the book I was writing. I now get to see how far I have come in my writing.
Writing is not about what you can put forth. It is about growth. If you always look at the person next to you and think that you could've done better, just know that writing is a personal thing. If you look at the rest of the writers on Odyssey, you will see our different ways of writing.
Some writers love to tell personal stories. Some writers love to tell fictional stories. Some writers love doing poetry.
Writing takes time. It doesn't just happen. You have to come up with the idea, and sometimes you'll start to write only to end up not liking it. Sometimes you have this great idea, but you have no idea how to put it into words. Sometimes, you have no idea what to write.
Writing takes encouragement. Writing takes gut. Writing takes trust. Writing takes time.
If you like to write, write! Don't worry about what others think. Just look at Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. He was rejected multiple times from publishers. George Orwell was rejected for his book, "Animal Farm." "Lord Of The Flies" author, William Golding, was rejected 20 times before his book was finally published. Even J.K. Rowling was rejected 12 times with "Harry Potter."
Writing is not about being perfect. It is about bringing what you love to the table. It might be frightening at first, but what isn't? Do not worry about what others think. Don't worry about whether or not someone likes your work. Think about it like this- do you like every author in the world's writing? Probably not.
If you love to write, don't give up!