A couple of days ago, I had a talk with a writer about his writing and what stuck in my mind was a simple question he asked during the conversation. Well, a rhetorical question followed by an awkward laugh. You know, the one that sends the words unspoken but yet, means so much more than any sentence.
He was talking about the book he is writing and when he finished recounting the story, he said: “And what if I finish it?”
I felt bombs exploding inside my head. This short, innocent question can cause so much damage if you just fall for it. Why do you finish a story? This is not the attitude we want while writing. We want fireworks, balloons and clapping.
How can you leave your story unfinished? I’m hurting inside even in the thought of an unfinished story. Just write it! Write it the way it comes out of you, without rules and thinking. Write it pure, the way you like it. Leave the rest to the editing part. It will come and it will be painful but until then … just write. Put your hands on the keyboard and type. I can’t find a reason not to!
Write for the story, for the soul and for those who will get attached with the world you created. For those who will smile, or laugh or even judge you. Write for you and for the story that is waiting to be read.
I’ve written two novels and yet I don’t have published. This hasn’t stopped me though. I’m writing the third one and a new idea is slowly developing in the back of my mind. I want to write more, I want to share and it killing me that I still can’t because of editing. A good editing is crucial and it makes things hard for me, but this is not the point. The point is to write and then write some more. Never stop.
Experienced writers says it all the time. Write, write all day if you can. But you don’t need to hear it from someone. You know this is right. The more you write, the more you’ll smile, the more you’ll feel in control of the tangled words that come into your mind, the more you’ll know what fits and what it doesn’t.
Come on, shout it with me so anyone can hear it. Writing matters!