Commentary: To Answer The Question
So, here’s the million dollar question: why do you want to be a writer?
There are millions of advice floating throughout the internet (some even offered here in the past) telling all of you aspiring to be one what it takes, what you must possess, what Master of Fine Arts classes you must take and then, what you must do to be successful.
Thankfully, I just decided to be one and then work on it. I practiced by writing a lot of rough drafts (some even to this day are unfinished), wrote articles for community newspapers and start up magazines, even church bulletins. At the stage I’m at now with only two books published, there is no way on earth I have ‘made’ it. I’m thirsty for more. I had a taste of ‘success’ when I published my books, but I want more. How do I get it? Writing on this blog for example. In order for me to accomplish my goals, I have to spend less time on social media (yes, you read that right), less time searching on the internet, pull up a file I’m working on and get right to it.
I grew up without the expectations placed on writers today. In today’s world, you have to take a Master’s class in order how to write. I may have mentioned in one entry that one of my old college textbooks taught me more about how to write, what to use such as metaphors and similes. Even now when you have individual literary artists believing they have the answers on how to become great writers, it would be a mistake after a couple of books to believe there’s no reason for me to stop working on my future projects, take up my scepter and declare myself ‘King of Literature’. It doesn’t happen that way. You’re only as good as your last project. Readers can care less if you proclaim yourself ‘great’, you have to keep working at it.
The late, great Leslie Banks could have easily sat on her laurels as the creator of the ‘Vampire Huntress Legend Series’ and her accolades speak for themselves. She continued to work on her future projects understanding there was more she could do as an accomplished author. Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to see what she could do but I bring her up as a reminder that even the best writers feel the need to grow and develop their projects and themselves. I’m at the crossroads right now. For now, Storm Over South Central is halfway done. My part’s finished, but I’m working on two more projects that hopefully will see publication in the future. Like I said, there’s more to be done and I want to do my best before it’s my time to leave this earth.
As you can guess looking at the archives of this blog, I love to write. It’s the one thing which I feel I’m at my best once I’m engaged in the process. From the age of twelve, I only accepted writing as a hobby, something to do when I needed to express myself. Years later, it’s natural like breathing to me. I hope anyone who aspires to be a writer, take it seriously but don’t be bombarded by today’s expectations of your art. With millions of people already publishing books, your time will come. Don’t rush it or expect a giant financial payoff. It rarely happens but the payoff in enjoying what you do, the characters you create, the fun you have involved in your own work, that’s the payoff. That’s where it counts.
So to answer the question, this is why I decided to become a writer.
Charles L. Chatmon
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