Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates
Our idea of what our writing should be is covered up by labels.
These labels aren’t what we want, but a way for publishers to place our work in the market.
Each of us write different genres, but these genres shouldn’t limit who we are as writers.
Are we a Fantasy writer with their epic worlds and magical places?
Or possibly, a YA writer, creating worlds for teenagers to escape from reality and possibly discover someone in fiction who’s going through the same struggles they’re going through?
Then again, maybe your a Science Fiction writer, creating marvelous technology and doing amazing things in the future or some place among the stars.
Being any of these is great, but being the writer you want to be is more important than being classified as one genre or another.
Never let anyone tell you what you should write.
Even if you’re published, you can always write genres other than what you’re known for, even if you have to keep them to yourself for a while.
Writing is about discovery. Find the right story for you, whatever it is.
The genre isn’t as important as good writing.
Don’t define your writing by a genre classification, let others do that. Just write!
What’s your favorite genre to write? Answer in the comments.
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~Joseph Campbell
We fear things because we’ve been conditioned to do so.
All our lives we’ve been told, “They’re different, you shouldn’t talk to them.” or “That food is weird, you shouldn’t try it.”
The problem with this is we find ourselves stuck fearing everything. Whatever happens in our lives we discover that there’s a fear attached to it.
Writing is a major fear for a lot of writers, not because we’re afraid to write, it’s because we’re afraid of our writing not being as good as it could be, or it not being as strong as we’d like it to be.
We sit at our desk writing and the fear of poor prose can stop us from writing. Doubt of our own abilities can kill a writer’s confidence which in turn will kill a writer’s imagination.
Getting through our fear of not living up to our own abilities will make us stagnant or worse yet lead us down the path of forgetting why we started writing in the first place.
You should keep a list of reasons why you started writing:
Fear management is the best thing you can do for your creativity. Keeping your fears in check will keep you writing and will make your supporters more willing to help you.
Like the quote at the start of this post, fear of doing things in your writing will lead you away from your goals, even if you write for yourself and don’t plan on publishing, fear will create the negativity that keeps you from finishing a story, book or poem.
Don’t fear entering the cave, run through it screaming, searching for the treasure you earned from writing.
Are you afraid of entering the cave? Answer in the comments.
A deluded mind is one that believes things that are not real.
Always be under the assumption that your mind is not to be believed.
Belief in your abilities is something that only you can have. Others will follow you eventually, but for the immediate future, your abilities are your own.
It takes time to do the things your life needs from you and don’t be delusional.
Have not delusions about who you are, what you can do and whether others will follow you.
Make these things clean:
Your life is your own, but your mind is creating the delusions of what you can and can’t do.
Control the delusions of your mind and you control what your life can be.
The belief that your mind is under your control and not something autonomous will make your life, your writing and everything around you better.
Control of your thoughts will create a belief in others that you never thought possible.
These are the things your life needs to be yours:
To believe in yourself is the greatest gift you can give to the world. Never stop believing in what you can do.
Are your delusions of who you are causing your life to not be your own? Answer in the comments.