Weeeellllcome to a new segment: We Need To Talk!
This episode: writing!
I’m pretty sure you all know that I love to write. I mean, if you don’t, I would also like to inform you that you are reading a blog. That’s this thing on the internet where people write about their thoughts? Yeah …
So, I like writing. It’s what one might call my passion. Many other people share this passion, and many more do not.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write. I have things that I wrote in first grade, talking about how all I wanted to do when I grew up was write books.
I didn’t know it, but I discovered a while ago that my parents had saved almost all of the silly stories I wrote that I left lying around the house or brought home from school.
My writing went from silly little things to bigger silly ones. The first real story I wrote was the story of “Sally Strawberry,” a super hero who saved the world from disgusting things like squash. I moved on to a Percy-Jackson type phase of writing around third and fourth grade, with the pages I wrote coming alive with monsters and magic. Sure, the stories were goofy and not amazingly written, but they conveyed my imagination and my passion, and that’s what really mattered, and it’s what made people laugh at my stories and encourage me to keep writing.
I did keep writing. I wrote stories all the time—well, when I wasn’t reading them. Finally, in seventh grade, I wrote my first really long story—when all was said and done, just before I started eighth grade here, it was fifty four pages long. It was about a girl with super powers who is captured by a secret organization, and the boss of the organization is evil and wants to kill her so that she can’t defeat him with her powers, but she makes a friend who helps her defeat him. It wasn’t a very well thought out story, but it was fun, and it was my first big story.
Then, one day on spring break of my eighth grade year, I told my mom about an idea I had had for a story. It had just been an idea that I had come up with in the shower, but my mom told me that it was a good idea. She told me that I should write it out.
I said, “I think it could be a whole book, but I’m not nearly good enough to write a book.” My mom just looked at me. She told me that I am good enough to write a book. All you need to do, she said, was write it out and edit it—the length has nothing to do with it, you just need to let the story decide how long it’s going to be. ….so that’s what I did. I’m still writing the book, as you know.
I realized, once I started writing the book, that, though my writing had gotten pretty good over the years, I wasn’t amazing.
I learned, and am still learning new things about it. I learned that you should plot out your ENTIRE story before you write it—map it out, so you know exactly what needs to happen, and when it needs to happen. You can fill in little scenes as you want them, but you should know what your story is going to do from the beginning. I also learned that it’s hard. I have about one hundred and thirty pages written so far, but it’s taken me nine months to get that far, and it’s going to be a long time until I’m done. And even when I am done, I have no guarantee that the story will be published; but I can always try, and there’s always joy in the writing!
Last summer I decided I wanted to do a little extra. I talked to my brother-in-law, who works with computers and websites, and asked him how I could start a blog.
He told me how, and I started my blog in July. I try to post on here at least a couple times a week, and you guys read it. You aren’t very many, but it helps me get better at writing, and I love hearing your feedback. I share stuff I’ve written with you, and just write about myself. It’s really fun, and the practice writing has helped me grow a lot in only six months, with your help and patience.
I know that writing isn’t for everyone. My passion for writing isn’t shared by everyone, and that’s totally okay. What I want you to take away from this—my point—is that everyone can find something they love doing that will have an impact.
It may be writing, or you may be into drawing, or sports. Whatever it may be, you should pursue it—and don’t give up on English, because, I swear, it will help you in the future. You will be expected to write things your whole life, and learning to write WILL help. I promise.
So find your passion, and stick with it, because that’s what makes life worth living.
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