I think many voracious readers actually think this.
I love reading so much and my imagination works overtime (especially when I’m asleep or resting) so I can’t help but wonder if my imagined scenarios might make for a good reading.
It’s just that I am no writer. I neither have the knowledge nor the discipline (especially the discipline).
I do wish though that I could write about all these things I enjoy reading about so much. The romance, the thrilling stories, the paranormal characters, the post-apocalyptic society, the friendship, the bravery, the tragedy of personal traits…
There are so many things I enjoy reading about that fill me with enormous anticipation and happiness and that put a smile on my face. I often wish I could return the favor by doing the same.
It’s just, I am no novel writer.
I tend to express myself in short sentences and even explain things to people in short and (hopefully) concise speech. I hate long explanations, writing long essays or anything that requires more than several sentences to be communicated.
Basically, I’ll never make a good novel writer. I just I wish I could though…
What good is interesting imagination if it can’t be put into words…
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Don’t sell yourself short. Not all novels need to be the length of War and Peace. Writing is a practiced art. The more you write the better you become at it. Take a fiction writing class or find a writing mentor. Then just start writing your ideas down. They don’t need to start out as full blown, full length novels. Perhaps you would excel as a short story writer. If writing interests you in any way, just do it. Either in a notebook that you carry with you or on your computer. I once read that JK Rowling had gotten the idea of Harry Potter while riding The Tube in London one day. Then she just wrote down ideas as they came to her. After she had a box full of these passages, snippets and ideas she went ahead and started writing and putting them together in novel form. Even if you never publish a thing you write, I believe that the creative endeavour of writing can be good for you.
Thank you Tatiana for the vote of confidence and good ideas! 🙂
I guess I should make myself write anything regularly and see how it goes.
I don’t think I’m ready for a creative writing class, I don’t think my ego could deal with critisicm. 🙂 I’ll have to work on that…
I love to read and write. But like you, I don’t consider myself a good fiction writer. But there are lots of genres other than fiction 🙂 If I were able to make a living as a writer, it would most likely be in creative nonfiction.
I can tell you, though, that you are a very good writer, Ines. I love to read what you share.
We share many similarities. 🙂
I think the best I cans trive for is creative nonfiction like you said. But how I wish it could be fiction…
I’ve noticed that we are alike in many ways, Ines. I like that 🙂 I think I am a pretty good conversationalist. But I don’t feel comfortable writing a conversation. Maybe one day we’ll both figure it out.
I think this is the beginning of something. If you read a lot you absorb a lot. Add to that your stated imagination and something is waiting to be written here. Try a 1000 words a day and see how you go. Frankly I don’t think you write enough and I always look forward to when you deign to post a morsel – LOL’s. You managed above to write out some rather hard to explain thoughts into concise, understandable and readable language. I think WordPress, private blog, chapters headings, and a theme called Book Lite for you.
Thank you Jordan, that is a really good advice. Maybe I wouldn’t be able to hit 1000, but 500 is more than nothing. 😉
I don’t think I write enough either – I neither have enough time these days, nor can I work against the onset of my laziness (caused by stress). So I basically read a lot. A LOT. 🙂
Hello my name is Ines. I have been writing publically since March 2009 and I just published a post called “I wish I could write”. XX
When you put it like that…
Still, I ought to have been a bit clearer, I’d love to write fiction.
Who knows, one day…
“I tend to express myself in short sentences and even explain things to people in short and (hopefully) concise speech. I hate long explanations, writing long essays or anything that requires more than several sentences to be communicated.” Ines, we are a bit similar in this respect, and in the voracious reader aspect, too! Just start small – and see what happens!
That makes sense – I’ll try it. 🙂
Excellent we now have genre clarity and a goal of 500 words a day. How are you going with the Book Lite theme? Add a page called characters so that you can develop them. Now don’t lose the plot!
I don’t have the plot. Nor the characters. 🙂
I just have a wish… 😉
Jordan, you took the words right out of my mouth….or should I say, my keyboard
Brilliant – you. I will be quoting that constantly with a prefix “as Bloody Frida would say…” In fact I am hopping on Twitter now.
Don’t be hard on yourself. I was a million miles from being a writer when I started but circumstances made me change. You also go through many phases in your life, one day it will click. Arran
Thank you Arran for those kind words. 🙂
It’s true we go through phases, hopefully one of mine includes fiction writing. 😉
It will do, have faith. You’ll find your method and it will flow. Mine started when I sat in coffee shops people watching, did it for hours, then the characters starting to form in my mind, it just came out.
Believe it will
At least I will try and see how it goes. 🙂
I, too, wish that I could write fiction. I find that I enjoy *having written* fiction, on the rare occasions when I finish something (usually something very short), but I don’t enjoy writing it–while I do enjoy writing (short) bits of nonfiction.
I suspect that you could get there–you’re a very good writer, IMO. Short clear sentences are a dandy style. Many of my favorite writers are journalists or former journalists, and they tend to write with that brief clarity.
Thank you! Coming from you it means a lot as I know you write and are actually committed to writing and reading from that perspective.