I’ve been thinking a lot lately about hobbies I want to take up. The problem I have, is that I struggle to stick to them. I get all these crazy ideas in my head, but I either don’t write them down and forget, or I start to do them and then lose interest.
The reason I tend to lose interest, is that I run out of creativity, then struggle to continue. The main thing I’ve always tried to do, and failed so miserably at is – Write a book. Great set-up right? You totally didn’t see that coming from the title…
It started when I was a kid. The first time I ever properly got to use a computer, I jumped on paint, designed a cover, and wrote a story in notepad. Not too long after I did that, the computer died and I lost the story. I hadn’t saved it on a floppy disk or anything, it was gone forever.
Sad thing was, it’s the only story is ever finished. It was a short story mind, 3 whole chapters. In my defence, at that point all I knew at school was how to form a beginning, middle and end, so I took it quite literally.
Fast forward to now, and I have a box full of stories I haven’t touched. One about a religious orphan guardian from when I was 15, a misunderstood kid with mutant abilities when I was 14 -16, a vigilante/science project when I was 18, and a self aware clone when I was 20-21 (you can tell with these ideas that I’m a comic geek). I always get so far and then stop.
See, I don’t think I have quite the way with words that James Patterson or Anne Rice have. I don’t have as extensive of a vocabulary as most writers, which is probably why I judge them so hard upon reflection. Back to a prior point, I also seemingly can only write small amounts before I run out of ideas.
That got me thinking…
What if I just write short stories?
Genius right? Nobody has thought of that before… I got so hell-bent on creating masterpieces, that I forgot to start small. Quality over quantity. I could write a big story and it be a pile of crap, or I could write a few pages and it be really good. Guess which option I’m going with?
I don’t know how long this will last, I’m not making any promises. What I can say is that I may possibly go the route of writing for kids. I want to make good memories for my nephew’s and make them proud. Even if the world doesn’t see my project, I hope they will.
If I make any progress, I’ll be sure to let you guys know. Who knows, I might finish this one! Do any of you have any creative plans? Maybe think of another outlet first, start small and work your way up. So long as you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.
Post by Michael Sallabank