- Books, Literature, and Writing
INSPIRE ME TO WRITE ANYTHING
Maybe I'm A Writer
I have always wanted to be a writer. In high school I wrote many short stories just for the fun of it and if I did well on an essay or other classroom assignment that really pleased me. I thought someday I’m going to do this for a living. A fantasy I was sure of, but life seemed to get in my way. A family and bills to pay made me take a factory job with little time to focus on my writing career.
In 1989 I took a correspondent course with The Institute of Children’s Literature in Redding Ridge, Connecticut. I completed the course I even have a diploma to prove it. But I didn’t put enough time into what I really wanted to accomplish. You see I really didn’t have the confidence in myself to ever take it one step further. I have my family grown now and work a job that has much shorter hours. I have more time to do the things I enjoy. I truly want to try this writing thing one more time. And now in 2011 the sky’s the limit.
Computers sure do make a dramatic difference. From the spell checker to the easy way of sending manuscripts beats the old typewriter and snail mail. Now comes the part where I learn to focus on ideas and how to get started writing again. The first thing I did was sign up for another writing course. This time focusing on the freelance writing profession and all the things I need to do to make it happen.
Help to Stay Focused
In September of 2010 I began an online course with the Penn Foster Career School in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This course has helped me to stay focused on what real writers do and how they do it. I have found that the number one thing to do is to keep writing. Write anything and everything as long as I keep writing. Finding ideas at first is a challenge, but I have to look at everything as having a story behind it. I write my own daily events in a journal everyday and make it a habit. I write about all the things I have learned in my own life.
I write about what interest me. If it interest me it’s most likely to interest someone else. I read something every chance I get. I see what other writers are writing about. I read with intention of finding a new approach to something that wasn’t mentioned in the other writers’ publication. If I want to know than others will want to know as well. I spend a lot of time online. There is so much to read and learn. I recently have started writing articles on blog sites and have noticed that making sure someone reads what I have to say and comments on what I said can give me the inspiration I need to keep writing. For someone that only started to use a computer a few years ago I sure have a lot to learn. I’d like to think this old brain of mine still has the ability.
Story Ideas are Everywhere
I refuse to let one more day go by without at least giving myself the opportunity to improve. Now as I think of things to write I explore every aspect from the scene outside my window to a thought that pops in my head. I see a story behind a picture. I see a story as I watch what other people do around me. I think of things that really happened in daily events as a story idea. My family has had a lot of things happen in their lives that would make for good reading. The funny little things my children or grandchildren have done make me laugh.
My parents and grandparents told a lot of stories that happened in their lives that has only been handed down by word of mouth. I plan to write all these stories down if it’s no more than for the next generation to read. If you’re a beginner like I am, you’re looking for inspiration also. I use to write a lot of my thoughts down in the form of poetry and have even published some of them in magazines and newspapers.
There was never any payments made to me other than a free issue of the publication but it made me feel good to think it was worth the effort to get the poems out there where others would read them. I think that’s what inspired me to write on blog sites. Reading other author’s blogs has also helped me to develop some of my own ideas. By reading online magazines I have found tons of ideas.
The ideas are out there everywhere. Even things that have happened in my life I have thought of as story material. The good things and the bad things can each have some sort of value to a reader. If I can reach just one person and help to avoid a mistake it would be worth publishing it somewhere even if I never got paid anything for it. The right to know should be known.
My journey to an awarding career continues as I refresh old skills and develop new ones. I can be inspired by nothing more than an urge to create. Something that has helped me find story ideas may not be the best way for you to find them. Everyone has their own way of doing things and I know I’m no exception. But I do know if you don’t use your ideas, that’s all they will ever be. Writing these ideas down and putting them to use has been more rewarding than I thought possible. I am so glad I have not let my mind go idle when it comes to writing. I fully intend to let everything inspire me to write anything.