But that's okay. You got this, I got this, we all got this. Please tell me how you're doing! I WANT TO HEAR ALL THE THINGS <3
But anyway. I was feeling the blogger love /before/ nano, so I will hopefully have enough posts to still keep on schedule (look at me! *dances*). This particular post has been on my heart a lot, especially this week.
So. On with the post!
I want to change lives with my writing.
That's not something I've always consciously wanted. I started writing stories simply because I enjoyed doing it. But it has grown into something so much more. And suddenly there's this pressure. I want to help people. I want to impact my readers. I want to give them that powerful emotional experience that every writer strives for.
But ... what if I don't? What if I never even finish this book, anyway? What if no one ever reads my words?
If you're thinking this, I want you to stop. Right here, right now, stop. Gaze at these words and think.
Why are you writing?
The Dream Walkers. I'm writing this book because there are things I need to discover, and this book is my key to doing that.
I'm writing this book because it will impact me.
Not my cousin. Not my mother. Not my dad or my siblings or my best friend or my best friend's aunt or my neighbor's niece.
I'm writing it because it is going to help me. It's going to change me. It's going to impact me.
That may sound a bit selfish, but I don't think it is. Likelihood is, someone out there is struggling with what I've been struggling with. Maybe they have a sister they're not sure how to get along with. Maybe they have a fear they can't conquer. Maybe they have a longing to be loved and accepted (don't we all have that longing?) and are struggling with feelings that they're not, and never will be.
And so, in helping myself ... I just might help others. If I do get this book published (which I'm pretty sure I will) then yes, my writing will reach others.
But right now, I'm not there yet. I'm in Nano. I'm in messy draft one. I'm in bad words and crunch time and uncertainty and late nights and ice cream binge eating and sore wrists. That's where I am.
But I'm discovering. And that's beautiful. And it's just what I needed.
Writing impacts you. So if you are afraid you will never help anyone, never change or challenge anyone, never influence or inspire, just take a look at yourself. What has writing done for you?
Is that not worth it?
Keep writing, lovelies. It's worth it.
Please, tell me how nano goes for you! And if you're not doing nano, what things writing-wise are you doing this month?