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Just Write!

Updated on May 3, 2010

When nothing seems right just sit down and write!

Writing isn't easy...

Tonight I tried to think of something wonderfully creative and imaginative to write about for a hub, but nothing seemed to catch fire. So many days I want to sit down and write what I'm feeling or thinking, but then it seems like a waste of time when there is the laundry or grad school applications to finish. Frankly the real waste of time is the millions of seconds I spend thinking of hubs or stories in my head and don't take the time to just write them down. But why do I even think of spending time working on a craft as a waste of time? Why do I doubt my own thoughts or ideas without giving them a chance? When truly no thought is a waste. If I only took the time to consider the initial thought and mold it 'til it's right. Did Picasso become a visionary artist overnight? Did Charlotte Bronte or Jane Austen write their masterpieces overnight? I should say not! Nor would we, their readers, really want to read initial thoughts. I think what we so often forget is that it takes time to fully complete a masterpiece. Writing is an art. It takes work. Think of it this way: everyone can speak, but we all don't speak well. Just as we all can write but does everyone have the gift to tell a story or capture an audience with their words? So many of us would like to be gifted writers, but before we can reach the top of the mountain, we must first learn how to climb.

...Accept Inspiration

So many times I've tried to think of a completely unique idea that no other write has ever written down. I truly don't believe that every story has been written but that's a subject for another hub. I accept that I learn from other writers. Three of my favorite writers are Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and Anne Frank. They are many others too, but let's focus on these three. Austen and Bronte have many similarities but Austen has lighter and sarcastic style versus Bronte's gothic romance. Frank's journal is her most famous work but she also wrote a few short fictional stories. From these writers I've learned what themes suit their style. Austen understood how relationships with our families and friends shape the individual. There are no solitary characters in her novels. Even Mr. Darcy has his best friend Mr. Bingly and sister Georgiana. Bronte also wrote on relationships but her writing mainly displayed the power of the individual to make choices. Jane denies herself the love of Mr. Rochester because loving him is a sin against her own principles. I don't know if we all have the strength to deny ourselves love. Our own writer's voice shows how we see the world and what affects us. This is particuarly true for Anne Frank. I use to wish that I had similar world events to discuss like she did, but looking back through her verse and my own journals at thirteen, there is not much difference. We both wrote about our friends, sisters, boys, parents, and general questions about the world around us. Anne Frank just happened to be in hiding from the Nazis during World War II, while as I lived in a free and open world except for any restrictions I placed on myself. The point I mean to make is that we can't all live during 'grand' world events but we all still have something to say about the world around us if we seek to 'understand' the world. I can only be grateful that these three women actually wrote what they thought. Not only would they have denied the world some of the finest pieces of literature but to know that they believed in the power of their words alone is inspiration for us all.

Anne Frank

So young and yet wrote so briliantly
So young and yet wrote so briliantly

...and write!

I've heard writers say that when they have writer's block it is like their brain is detached from their hand. Of course that may just be an excuse, when an idea that sounds wonderful in their own head but doesn't come out that way on paper. The idea is to remember that writing takes time and patience. Nothing comes out perfect the first time. You also cannot be afraid of your own ideas or what is so- called safe to write. A few of the other occupants in the attic with Anne Frank wanted to burn her diary in case they were ever discovered by the Nazis. Anne did not back down from their threats and kept writing. The three Bronte sisters and Jane Austen wrote novels when women were not suppose to 'work' for money. Well at least not respectable women.

Dreaming of becoming a writer is wonderful but the best advice I ever received and will now pass on to you: writers write! Writers are not philosophers. They don't spend their days 'thinking'; they write! The actual act of writing will be the best practice. As well as the belief in your own power to achieve. Most novels all began with an idea, but that idea is only step one. It's up to you to move beyond step one and write. You never know what may come of it...

Charlotte Bronte

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    • Kendall H. profile imageAUTHOR

      Kendall H. 

      8 years ago from Northern CA

      Hi Kaie! I would definitely qualify you as a writer. I think that is perfect advice for other writers, 'write for yourself first and hope that someone will enjoy it too!' Thank you for the encouragement! It is always appreciated!

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      Kaie Arwen 

      8 years ago

      I don't know if I qualify as a writer............ I never experience the "block," and I guess what I write.......... I write for myself first and hope that maybe someone else will enjoy or find use for it when I'm done!

      I enjoy what you write........... so keep it coming. James said it all in the comment above.............. "just write!"

      Kaie

    • Kendall H. profile imageAUTHOR

      Kendall H. 

      8 years ago from Northern CA

      I would definitely believe that! I try to carry a little notebook with me everywhere so I capture the idea when it's fresh. I would always prefer to have more ideas than time. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Yes! Just write. I am with you. But I have more ideas than time. I have the opposite of writers block.

    • Kendall H. profile imageAUTHOR

      Kendall H. 

      8 years ago from Northern CA

      Absolutely Tony. I have to remind myself often that the best medicine is to just write. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Kendall H. profile imageAUTHOR

      Kendall H. 

      8 years ago from Northern CA

      I agree with you Rose, that all the hard work for our craft is worth it in the end. Oh the possibilities to imagine if I had the opportunity to ask Austen, Bronte, or Frank what they did when they hit a wall in their writing?? Glad you enjoyed the hub!

    • Kendall H. profile imageAUTHOR

      Kendall H. 

      8 years ago from Northern CA

      Hi itakins! I think the 'writer's block' period can be a time to cleanse the mind and look at the story from another angle. I do believe that every writer has their own style and I wouldn't begin to dictate how to write. If it works for you, great! Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Kendall H. profile imageAUTHOR

      Kendall H. 

      8 years ago from Northern CA

      Thank you for the story Jane! I really liked hearing a professional tell the reality of the writing life. There is a great feeling of accomplishment when we can push past that block. The act of simply writing is the cure. Seems simple, no? But yet so hard to accomplish occasionally. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for reading! Austen, Bronte, and Frank really are great inspiration.

    • Kendall H. profile imageAUTHOR

      Kendall H. 

      8 years ago from Northern CA

      Thanks for your thoughts missmaudie! Remarkable women is always a fun hub topic because they have so much wisdom to share. I think you're right everyone seems to revere Shakespeare with his unique stories but what made him different was the way he told the stories.

    • Kendall H. profile imageAUTHOR

      Kendall H. 

      8 years ago from Northern CA

      Hi Lynda, glad you enjoyed the hub. If there is one thing I've learned from your hubs is that writers must WORK from the initial story idea to the final draft. It doesn't all suddenly flow together in perfect harmony. I appreciate your reading and comment. Thanks!

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Writers write! That is just so important and I have tried to keep it in mind for a long time now.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Rose West 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub, Kendall! You're so right... writing isn't easy, but it sure is worth it. I too love those three authors, especially Jane Austen. I wonder what they did when they encountered writer's block....

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      itakins 

      8 years ago from Irl

      Very inspiring hub and comments.Some experts would suggest ,that writer's block is actually a period of cleansing for the thought processes,and those who 'suffer' from it usually come back with a great freshness, and motivation. I don't know how true/untrue this is,I am just putting it out there.

      I love your examples of great writers.

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      Ann Leavitt 

      8 years ago from Oregon

      So very true! My writing students and I once had the opportunity to interview a bestselling author. One of my students was struggling with writer's block, so he asked the author what he did when he encountered writer's block. The author said, "There's no such thing as writer's block, but there is something called laziness, lack of motivation, and fear. The best way to get over that wall is to force yourself to write, write, write, not allowing yourself to stop. Tell yourself you can fix it up later, if that helps." He went on to say that he wasn't a very creative person, and that each one of us (who were all a generation younger than he) had 10x more creativity than he did! It all goes to say, that writing is work just like any other occupation. But it's fun work, especially when you can push past a block and come up with something grand. :)

      Thanks for this great article! I loved the authors you chose as models.

    • Kendall H. profile imageAUTHOR

      Kendall H. 

      8 years ago from Northern CA

      Very sound advice E. Nicolson! Sometimes the best medicine is to just write and forget all the other 'stuff.' Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      missmaudie 

      8 years ago from Brittany, France

      This is a timely hub! I've spent ages thinking about a hub that I've just written, worrying about whether anybody would be interested and the best way to write it. But, in the end, you just have to write! And when I started I actually finished it in a couple of hours because I couldn't stop. It's about a remarkable woman, and you've mentioned another three so that's three hubs for you :) I don't think you have to write about unique ideas - look at Shakespeare, he just rehashed stories that had been around for ages!

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      lmmartin 

      8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      We start writing and in the beginning of the project how we love our flow of words and how it pains us to be away from it, but later it becomes work. And that's the problem for many of us -- we don't recognize our craft for what it is: work. We sit and wait for inspiration and if it doesn't come easy to us, claim writers' block (a non-existent problem, a term conjured up to cover a combination of lack of discipline and unrealistic expectations.)

      Enjoyed your hub immensely. Lynda

    • E. Nicolson profile image

      E. Nicolson 

      8 years ago

      A wonderful Hub, and a good reminder to actually do what we set out to do -- write! Too often we get caught up in the idea phase and then lose the momentum. Only diligent practice will get us where we want to go.

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