A long time ago, I decided I liked writing stories. It was a fun thing to create characters, pick what they looked like, what they did, what kind of lives they lived. It was even more fun to figure out how they talked and what kind of conversations they would have with the other people I invented in my head. It just was so much fun for me. I was happy when I wrote.
I wish I could say that I got tired of writing. I never have. Every school paper assigned to me was writing. I didn’t care what kind of writing I was doing, I just wanted to get words on a page. I loved turning my thoughts into sentences that had proper grammar, wonderful words, and hopefully some kind of point or meaning. While I wanted to do nothing other than write stories, the years that I had to spend the majority of my time writing papers, I took that for what it was – writing.
Now, I have time to write and so I choose to blog as one form of writing. Is it my passion? Yes and no. My passion is for the stories that pop into my head. The characters I see everywhere and the people who live in my mind’s eye are so intriguing. Do I wish I could spend all my time just writing about them? Of course I do, but I know that there is more to life than just locking myself in a room with an endless supply of Dr. Pepper, my computer, and a notebook with some blue Papermate pens.
I sometimes even find it tough to log on here and empty my brain but, I do it anyway. It’s important, you see, that I write every day. Whether it’s here using the daily prompt, in my journal planning out a character’s back story, or writing out a section of a story that’s been stewing in my brain, I need to write every day.
I once had a college professor say that writing is something you need to do even when you don’t want to do it, much like exercise. If you don’t do it, you won’t get the results you want. Lots of writers have said that (or something along those lines), to be honest. And please, don’t think that to be a writer you need to be someone who has published something. You don’t. You just need to write. If you write, you are a writer. If you get published, you are a published writer. Either way, you are a writer.
At the end of the day, I may not feel like blogging, but to be honest, I don’t always feel like exercising either. I do it though because I know that it’s important to keep my skills in shape, so to speak. I need to be able to play with words. I need to write long sentences. I need to write short, descriptive, action packed sentences. For me, there’s no question about energy to write, it’s just do. If I don’t, I might not get anything done because the words will stay rattling around in my head!
This blog was written as part of NaBloPoMo January 2013. The theme this month is “Energy.” Today’s prompt was “How do you find the energy to write when you’re not in the mood?” Check out the other great blogs participating this month by clicking here.