Reading over Writing
As prepare for my Writer's Meet-up tonight, I've been pondering over the fact that in the last week, well, in fact, since my creative writing class ended, that I had hardly written much…fiction wise, that is.
I noticed that so far, I've been doing more reading than writing – blogs, journals, magazines, newspapers and books. I've mentioned before that I have a voracious appetite for the written word but today, I am wondering if I actually love reading more than I actually do writing. I began to think whether I started out loving to read first or was it writing?
Another question that I pondered was the fact that what I wrote tend to be influenced in part by what I've read. Indeed, the desire to write surfaced only when I as in college…over writing academic papers, in fact! Also, I had wanted to write because I want to try to emulate my favourite writers such as Anthony Horowitz, JK Rowling and more recently, Neil Gaiman. These people seem to have that knack for conjuring and crafting stories out of nowhere and make them so pleasurable to read and leaving millions of audiences around the world enthralled.
I want to be like that. And one thing that I learnt from my creative writing class is that I should develop my own style of writing. Yet, I find myself still unable to release the shackles of trying to copy or match the style of writing as that of my revered writers.
Will I ever get a book out one day? I do seriously plan on wiriting books for a living in the near future, but the sheer immense work that comes from it is really intimidating…scary even. I've completed Chapter One of my hope-to-be first book, but I still hadn't dared to let anyone have a read yet. It's quite scary to think of what the people that I showed it to would think of this story.
Oh geez, the clock says 5.30pm already. Where did all the time go? I've been busy working from home all day today, trying to transcribe the interview I did with Jack Canfield into paper, reading all the online newspapers and blogs to keep myself updated about world events and latest issues circulating around the Malaysian blogosphere. I didn't realise I've been facing the computer since 10.00am this morning. How time flies!
Well, I hope that I will not come into any problems in my writing career. I know that no one turns into a multi-millionaire author in a day, but I will make every effort to strive for success. It will not elude me for sure. My future, my success is for me to lose. As Jack Canfield said in his latest book, The Success Principles, the start to a successful life is when you take 100% full charge of my life, that I am 100% responsible for my life and that everything I do is answerable to no one but myself. I am MY OWN MAN.