Those crazy kidsMarch 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM | Posted in Life | 5 Comments
Tags: insane, introduction, teen, teenage writer, teenager, writer
Writers are, by definition, just a little bit insane. Google it and you’ll see what I mean. Authors and poets have a long and noble history of manic depression, alcoholism, drug use, and, of course, suicide.
So teenage writers – all those 20-and-unders who scribble in notebooks in the middle of class, who stay up until 2 a.m. to finish a chapter, who are not paid and (sometimes) not really supported by family or friends – I’m pretty sure we’re beyond insane. We’re completely cracked.
Because, despite what people will tell you, writing a novel is hard. Writing a poem is hard. Writing a short story that gives the reader a clear mental picture of settings, plots and characters in a few pages – it’s all really, really hard.
So why do we do it?
I’m going to leave a lot of those answers up to you – others who may be reading this blog right now. Because I can’t answer for you. I can only for myself.
Personally? I write because I love watching words flow from my fingers like they belong to someone else. I love seeing a story knit itself together over the course of 100 or 200 or 300 pages. I write because I have something to say. I write because I believe I’m the only one who can say it.
I’m incredibly lucky to have family and friends and an amazing boyfriend who support my writing, love my writing, read my writing. But I know some of you are not so lucky. I’d like to encourage you not to give up. Your parents/grandparents/friends are correct – it’s not a practical hobby. You may never get published. You may never win any contests. You may never change a life.
But the beautiful thing about art is that if you let it, it will change your life.
Write the story that will touch your heart. Don’t worry about anything else.