Why We Want To Write
Sometimes, I get really upset with myself for only wanting to be a writer since I was a child. The idea of writing my own novel has been something harbored deep within me since I was fourteen years old.
When I was fourteen years old, I wrote a semi-autobiography called “Recycled”. Interesting enough, I recently retrieved the manuscript only to be amazed by the intricacy and horrible writing.
I remember I even sent the manuscript to a publisher. This was going to be published, I thought.
It got rejected, at age fifteen, and I remember wanting to know why. At first, the rejection was too much, and I did not try to send anything else for probably five or six years.
As I have gotten older, I continuously wonder why I have been plagued with being a writer. I am not even all that great of a writer. But there is something I have picked up over the years and learned about writers: they write.
And I guess that is why I constitute myself as a writer. I write.
The Difference Between Writers and Artists
When I went to college, I was ready to become a writer. I joined the college newspapers and started to write articles for free. The newspaper fired me, asking me if I had ever read a newspaper in my life. (Funny thing about being fired is that I wasn’t getting paid.) Looking back on the whole escapade, I think it’s because I have always considered myself more of an artist than a writer.
It’s important for writers to define themselves by what they are. Although I write, I don’t really considered myself a “writer” as I do so more an “artist”. I am not trying to be perfect, I am simply trying to express something, and words are the medium for me.
Hiding Your Work From Scornful Eyes
If you consider yourself an experimental and self-consious writer, such as myself, allow yourself to let your creative writing projects flow into every direction.
I like to share my work here because I know only other writers read this blog. I truly think that other writers will get what I am trying to do, understand I am trying to develop my craft, and attempting to share something that is special to me.
Girl-Who-Rises-Sun is my attempt to write the female version of The Alchemist. Although I have never read “The Alchemist” (recieved the ebook today from the library, so I will soon), the plotline sounded interesting to me. A guy goes out into the world with no idea what direction he will go. However, he ends up where he was supposed to be…
Somehow, I feel like the female version of this story is entirely different. I’ll give you my true analysis when I finish “The Alchemist” , but I just feel like the female version of this book needs to be made.
What do you all think about this? Why do you want to write? Do you consider yourself an artist or a writer? Do you believe it’s important to hide your work from “scornful eyes”? What projects are you currently working on?