Some things cannot be explained.
Why some people cannot thrive unless they’re creating something might just happens to be one of them.
Whether you’re one of these people or not, you’ve likely wondered why some people claim they have something to say or do or stand for and just can’t separate themselves from it no matter how hard they try.
Maybe, when it comes to writing, some people are just born to tell stories.
Maybe their brains are wired to communicate best through themes and motifs and plot twists.
It could be luck. Or genetics. Or some supernatural force, if you believe in that sort of thing.
One day you start doing something and you realize, “Wow, I really enjoy doing this thing.” And before you know it you feel drawn to that thing in a way you’ve never really been drawn to anything before.
As if you need it.
As if you’ve been searching for your purpose in this world and this feels a lot like it.
A very large percentage of people say they want to write a book, and never do.
If you were born to write, maybe for you it’s a matter of which idea do I start with first or how will I find time to write all these things I want to write?
Many of us feel we need to write, but give in to that sense of fear. That doubt. That inner voice that tells us we’re nothing special and don’t deserve to share stories with other people.
I don’t know. I think if you feel the drive to write something — anything — you should. It doesn’t mean you have to fully commit. You don’t have to make it your job if you don’t want to. But if you truly believe you’re in this world to share stories somehow, do it.
Don’t let others’ successes discourage you.
Don’t let someone else’s doubt become yours.
If you feel the itch, respond. Because you obviously have a story to tell. The world’s going to be a much better place once you’ve shared it.
You have nothing to lose.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.
Hey! I’m vlogging my way through NaNoWriMo. Here’s yesterday’s video.