I always have to give myself a pep talk before I start writing. Every time. 

Every God damn time.


So, you’re wondering what’s the pep talk, right? Well, here it is.

It’s OK to write the way you are writing. After all, you are writing for yourself.

It seems to be the holy grail of pep talk aimed at writers, right?

Writers write for themselves.

But come on, let’s not lie. What fun would it be to craft stories if no one read them?

Today, I was reading Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

Side note, give it a read. You’ll thank me later.

The point of referencing the book is this, in the story, the narrator is a fourteen-year-old boy, and that’s why this book is brilliant. The writing style was true to its narrator, not the writer. I know, I know, it sounds confusing, but hear me out.

What’s the first advice any creative writing teachers gives? Show. Don’t tell. Right?

Now, tell me this, when you were fourteen, and you used to write, did you use to write elegant description of trees, roads, houses?

If you replied yes, then stop, don’t read any further. This post isn’t for you. Sorry.

But if you said no, well, I made my point.

A straight dive into the chaos. Once again.

Sherman actually wrote from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old. Man, that’s some crazy shit.

If you ever read the entire bibliography of an author, you’ll see there worrying style evolves with time.

It’s natural. Change is the only constant. Like death’s the only absolute truth.

The point being, we, as budding writers, are so fixated over some textbook definition of creative writing. We are so worried that we miss the whole point of writing. To live life twice. Once with our senses, and again with our words.

Do you really need me to spell it out for you?

Ah, idiot.

Write whatever comes natural to you. The rest is for the editors.

via Daily Prompt: Finally

11 thoughts on “My Ritual Before I Start Writing

    1. It’s the first book that I finished in one sitting, and it is strange. How much we obsess over conventional creative writing, and yet I have always struggled reading conventional creative writing. This one was something different. I loved reading this one. Genuinely funny.

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  1. I get your point totally. Trying to fit in predefined molds of being a creative writer will not only suppress our thoughts but also will frustrate us. When I look at WordPress and see eminent authors and their intriguing writing style, I get intimated but then I always the thought ingrained in my mind that I am writing for myself, for my heart and everything feels right.

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    1. We are our own worst critic and that fact isn’t as evident as it is when we create something. Be it a story, an artwork, or even food, we are the only one who judge our creation.
      The world is tolerable of our creation, who knew. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I couldn’t agree more to you its just the your thought that matters and you need to express it freely! We are so worried about what people will think and how should I present it so that they will like it! but pep talk yeah that was a good one!

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