Rediscovering Myself as a Writer…Hopefully

Writing has always been a passion of mine. From the time I could pick up a pencil and find a piece of paper, I was writing. Before we had a computer in our house, I used to go over to grandma’s house and spend hours typing my stories into Microsoft Works. I still have those stories somewhere in the basement at home. I’ll have to dig them out sometime and read them. I suppose they’re awful, but that’s not the point. Even at such a young age, I had a desire to write and become an author.

It’s a passion that carried through to high school, and English quickly became my favorite subject. Reading and writing both seemed to come naturally to me, and I never received anything less than a B in any of my English classes (Academic writing in college was a bit challenging at first, because my brain tends to linger more on the creative side of writing). What’s the point? The point is that somewhere along the way, I lost it. My muse took flight, leaving my mind filled with all of these ideas for stories, and when I try to get them on digital paper, all I see is a brick wall (aka, writer’s block).

I think I know what happened. Somewhere during the college years as I was writing all of those academic papers, I found it harder and harder to find time to let my muse out to play. The more I kept him bottled up, the less he made his presence known to me. My writing shifted from creative to academic to keep up with all of the required papers that come along with being an English teacher and a grad school student after that.

I need and want to recapture the attention of my creative muse. The best way to do that is to begin exercising him once again. Reestablish the relationship that I used to have with him, so that I can get those ideas out there again. My dream job is to be a published author, and that’s never going to happen if I’m not writing….constantly!

My goal is to write something creative everyday. It doesn’t have to be extensive. Tonight it was a character development profile for a new story idea. It just needs to be something creatively productive in some way, shape, or form. I know I made my muse sound real, which kind of makes me sound crazy, but it all works out in my head.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.” -George Bernard Shaw

~Joshua

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