Wednesday, 1 October 2014

You Do Have Something to Say

This is for the IWSG for October, which we've reached quicker than I expected.


For this month, I'd like to offer all those writers feeling a bit insecure about stuff a piece of encouragement: you have something worthwhile to say.


It's something I know I've worried about as a writer from time to time. It's something I know friends of mine have worried about too. That feeling that we're not really doing anything important as a writer. That we're not saying anything other people haven't said.


But they aren't you. They haven't lived your life. You are unique, even at the same time as you're similar to many, many people. You have ways of looking at things, ways of feeling about things, that other people don't.


So put them in your writing. Put in the things that are important to you. Put in the things you care about. I'm writing what should be a fairly standard fantasy thing off and on, but I'm putting in a lot of stuff about history and the way we interact with it. Why? Because that's the stuff that interests me, and that I care about enough for it to make for a different book. And it is making for a different book. Big, out of control and far from easy to write, but definitely no one else's but mine.



12 comments:

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Awesome post, Stu. Resonates with me. Thanks.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I think even when writing fiction, what is important to us filters into our stories. I see it in my writing and in that of my friends.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well said! No matter what the story or topic, we can put our own, unique spin on it.
Thanks for contributing to the book!

Cherie Colyer said...

Great words of encouragement and wisdom. It's who we are that makes a story unique. =)

cleemckenzie said...

Only you can tell the story in your head. That same plot has been around since stories began, but it's never been told your way.

thanks for stopping in at The Write Game!

Lynda R Young said...

Writing about the stuff you care about will make the writing shine.

Raquel Byrnes said...

What a great way to end my day...such encouraging words. Thanks so much!
Edge of Your Seat Stories

Tamara Narayan said...

Hear, hear! There is enough rejection in the publishing process. We don't need to waste time putting ourselves down.

dolorah said...

Good advice Stu.

Lexa Cain said...

That's a very encouraging post. Some writers might do better if they traded on their idiosyncrasies to make their characters stand out.

M.R. R. said...

Thanks for the encouragement.

Chrys Fey said...

I love that! All of us with the determination to write definitely have something worth saying and sharing. :)