Friends often ask me what I do when I’m not in the mood to write. When I’m not in the mood to write, I write anyway.
When I have a deadline I have no choice but try to churn out some materials. It may not seem easy, but it’s something I have to do. One of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, said that you won’t really notice in the product which parts were written during your writing slump. He sure is right.
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Writers have different reasons for picking up a pen and making it a profession. It happens differently for everyone. But for me, I think Sylvia Plath perfectly sums it up. I want to have lived my life to the fullest and get to write about it. (To write it well if a pretty sweet bonus.) There’s a shame in experiencing so many good stuff but not knowing how to express it in words.
It started with keeping a diary when I was in middle school, then moving on to have a blog when I reached high school. There’s something incredibly fulfilling with telling my story and having people read about it. I guess this is the main reason why I love reading memoirs and auto-biographies, especially of authors I admire. I love reading them talk about their lives beyond the pages of their novels and short stories. There’s something uniquely interesting with learning how writers have lived.
I am far from being eloquent enough to make my life sound engaging or even the slightest bit exciting. But I plan to read as many memoirs and to live as much as possible to make sure that my life is one for the books. I hope that’s not wishing for too much. But it definitely is one of my biggest dreams to write a memoir. I just hope that I’ll have enough material to write about.