As writers, we have fantastic power. We can create new worlds, characters, scenarios, and stories that can be enjoyed and shared with others until the end of time. That’s quite a gift to have and one that often perplexes those who don’t write and create. It’s as if they think what we do comes from some magic spell.
But we know the truth.
Magic powers or special abilities don’t make us a writer. They don’t make us creative. They don’t give up special powers to conjure up stories at will.
Writing takes time. It takes persistence. It takes dedication. Like other professions or hobbies, it is a skill set that can be honed and perfected over time; but only if you take the time to improve.
If you have a knack for storytelling and a talent for crafting great characters and dialogue, that’s great. But even those with ingrained and intuitive writing talent must work to improve their craft.
It’s just the reality of the situation.
Why do people believe this about writers or other creatives? Why do they think what we do is some prestidigitation instead of the result of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get our art out of our heads and into the world?
Perhaps it’s fear that drives this theory. It’s easier to make up an excuse like “being a writer is a magical thing” instead of investing the time to sit down and write. Maybe it’s intimidation that leads some to think this way. After all, seeing Stephen King’s name on over 60 books can make anyone think King and other prolific authors are under some magical spell to write as much as they do.
But it’s nothing like that. It’s just putting in the work. It’s about trusting the process. It’s about believing in your skills and abilities and being humble enough to know that you can improve upon them whenever you write.
The only real magic comes from inside you, your creativity, and your ideas. No magic wand, spell book, or enchanted mirror is required.
Happy Writing, and I’ll see you next time!