Surround yourself with things that make you want to write.
This is a lesson I’m learning more and more. As you learn more about the world, you begin to find a million things that lead you in all directions. Watching a foreign film makes you want to learn French. Reading about adventure makes you want to travel the world. Meeting a champion juggler makes you never want to juggle ever, and that’s that. All these are great. If you’re like me, you know that most things are within reach, and with a little work you can achieve them. Learning French, traveling the world, never juggling— all worthwhile goals.
But do you remember the moment you decided you wanted to write?
If you’re a different kind of artist, or your career lies elsewhere, substitute your dream whenever I say the word “write”. This applies to anything.
As a kid, I read a lot of Brian Jacques books, and I’ve posted before about how much they mean to me. Through reading and imagining, I began to dream about writing my own stories. For the past four years, that’s what I’ve been doing, and I love it. I love daydreaming about it and pushing toward that goal.
The path has its ups and downs, though, like anything. You start off shot from a cannon, propelled by your amazing inspiration and genuine love for what you’re doing. Then, of course, comes the letdown when you actually realize you’ve got a long way ahead of you. But you pick yourself up and keep moving, and you enjoy the work for a while. Then you poke your head up and look around, and start comparing yourself to other people, and you wonder what you’re actually doing. Continue reading “Your Setting”