You should write fiction even if you don’t want to. Whaaaa…Faith, where is the logic in this? Why would I spend my time doing something I don’t like doing?
There are many posts like this spiraling through the interwebs. But I’m rebooting my blog, I’m hoping some new peeps are poking around (hi peoples!). So in the off chance you aren’t already knee-deep in your novel and aren’t thinking “Faith I don’t even need this; what the heck?” — here are my awesome reasons you should write creatively.
As someone who hopes to make fiction-writing her primary source of income lately, I’m obviously biased. But storytelling is one of the most basic forms of human communication (look it up), and poetry’s pretty swag too, even though I personally want to bite anyone who tells me to make some.
(Wait…does that mean I’m telling myself to write poetry even though I don’t want to? Does that mean I need to bite myself? ASDFGEGLALS)
Ahem. So maybe you had to write a short story in eighth grade and you hated it.* But here’s the thing: writing for a cranky, underpaid, middle-school English teacher** is very different for writing for yourself, because you suddenly got an idea you think would be cool in story format. If it’s just up to you, there’s no pressure, no grades, no angsty peer reviewers sniggering over your shoulder…just you and your imagination.
*By the way, if you didn’t have to do this…why are you telling me you don’t like fiction writing?! You can’t knock it if you didn’t try it!
**Honestly, props to any middle or elementary school teachers out there. You all are the true gods and godessess of the land.
If you try fiction writing again and you still hate it, that’s okay too. The fiction writing world is not for all of us. (Some people actually like not having weekly existential crises. Honestly, I don’t know what they’re getting out of life.)
All of this to say, if you get an idea or even are just struck with a weird desire to write — maybe due to a post like this, who knows — don’t dismiss it because “I hate writing.” Give it a go. Maybe you’ll give up after three words, or maybe it’ll blossom into something beautiful. You never know until you try.
You should write fiction because it makes your creative friends happy.
Seriously. It doesn’t matter how bad you are at story, grammar, punctuation, dialogue, or any of that good stuff. We can fix that later. The minute I hear one of my non-writerly friends is taking up the creative gauntlet, I SCREAM FOR JOY because oh my gosh this is so fun and what idea do you have tell me all about it do you need help worldbuilding I kinda suck at worldbuilding but I have lots of good ideas let’s play with things let’s genderbend characters and experiment with psychology and learn stuff and plot and scribble and scream and fangirl and basically GAH I’m so happy you joined us if only for a short period of time and YOU MIGHT STAY who knows do you want to do NaNoWriMo?
I’m sure this never comes off as intimidating at all.
And finally…if you do want to write fiction, what are you waiting for? Boom. Ta-da. There it is. Post over. Well, kind of. If you’ve always wanted to write poetry, or a short story, or a novel, go for it. Again, there are posts all over the internet about how to write if you’re a college student/young mom/billionaire playboy, so I won’t go into that. If you really want to, you can write the freaking thing.
However, do know that you could be getting yourself into a buttload of work. Not realizing that is how you end up like me, with 1,000,000,000 ideas and 0 finished projects. (Technically I’ve completed 3 totally different first drafts, so that counts for something, right?)
Not everyone who does creative writing wants to publish and that’s fine. Some people just want to post their work on a free site like Wattpad for all to see, and some people never want to show that Word document to anyone. These are all fine options. Still, you should know that whatever option you choose, there is work involved. It’s not all fun and games.
That being said…JOIN THE FICTION WRITING SIDE. WE HAVE COOKIES.
(What? Cookies totally deserve a mic drop. They’re cool. Why else do you think all websites use them?)