There are no wrong answers when one is writing a short story or novel. Now, yes, of course, there are stories that are loved and considered excellent works of art while others are never published. There are stories that are considered good and those that are thought of as bad or poorly written. What I love about fiction, though, is that it is most assuredly not mathematics or algebra. Algebra and math leave no room for wrong answers or mistakes. Twelve times twelve equals one hundred and forty-four and it will never, not even one billion years from this moment, equal one hundred and forty-five. I enjoy the freedom of writing fiction and non-fiction. There’s room in writing for the good and the bad and the okay and the mediocre. This makes me happy.
The blank white page, however, has intimidation skills. What if what I choose to write isn’t any good? What if someone tells me I’m a lousy writer and that I should keep my day job of sweeping chimneys? What if I’m told to simply give up on my love of crafting story and writing? The blank white page also has limitless possibility. What if I write the next great read? What if someone tells me I wrote an awesome story? What if I even receive a twenty dollar check in honor of my carefully chosen words? There are so many what-ifs in this world.
Now of course comes the idea of inspiration. Honestly, if I waiting on inspiration to knock on my desk and hand me a fancy pen, I would never have written even one story or blog. Perhaps writing is more perspiration than inspiration. Writing can be a struggle just like life.
Perhaps the only answer to the question of how does one become a good writer is that the individual author keeps on writing. Rejection letters be damned! Criticism can call in sick today! ‘Cause I’ve got my pen and my paper ready. Because I have my word processor going strong and I’m determined to keep tapping on the keys. Right on to writing on!
Here is to fiction and non-fiction and what authors may come. Let’s get our pens ready ’cause no one else can tell our stories for us as good as we can tell them.