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