What does it mean to write? What does it mean to express yourself? Where is the best place to express yourself?
For me, writing should be a normal thing. It should be as normal as breathing, like another way to live; take a pen or face a white screen and just scribble. It shouldn’t be any harder than that. It’s not exactly rocket science. You got something to say, then type it away.
So what really discourages writer? I think writers are often discouraged by that picture in their head. They want to be the next J. K. Rowling or the next Stephen King or be like John Greeen. Well, ambition itself doesn’t kill but trying to lift a 11k kg truck by all means could.
It’s pointless trying to lift a 11k kg truck right? I mean, what do you want to show, that you’re the strongest? Those names up there, the big shots, they are 11k kg trucks that lift other heavy things. They didn’t become heavyweights out of a spell from some magic wand, but piece by piece. First the tires, the engine, the bodywork, and bit by bit the whole thing comes together.
I like to think that in anything you’re doing in life, discipline matters a whole lot. You got to suffer to smile later. You simply can’t have your cake and eat it. You got to get down to work, be you a writer, an engineer, a doctor, you gotta do the work. Most people don’t wanna do the work, that’s the problem, they just wanna look into some magic mirror and fantasise about that future self; famous, rich, celebrated. But sadly for most dreamers, reality doesn’t work that way, at least in 99.999% of cases.
Just look at JK Rowling, she wrote about the magic wand and the magical Mirror of Eriseld. Look where she is today.