Becoming a writer is a wonderful experience. I believe the transition from non-writer to writer can be likened to the metamorphosis of a butterfly.
The caterpillar performs the same daily tasks; eating, sleeping and shuffling up and down a leaf. It has no idea that it has the potential to change into something amazing and beautiful.
As a non-writer you are the caterpillar. You perform the same tasks day in and day out; eat, sleep, go on Facebook, go to work and occasionally socialise. You have no idea that you also have the potential to change into something amazing and beautiful.
Something inside the caterpillar tells it to enter a private and transformational stage of its life. This involves locking itself away for a period of time inside a chrysalis. I like to think that the caterpillar puts aside its fears and follow its gut instinct on this one. Little does it know but it is about to transform from one identity to another and this will alter its life forever.
Within the chrysalis the caterpillar goes through great change and personal growth. It dissolves into a gooey mess and then rebuilds itself.
Something inside of you, the non-writer, tells you to enter a private and transformational stage of your life. This involves locking yourself away in a quiet place (with a pad of paper, a pen, a laptop, a slab of chocolate, some strong cheese and a large glass of wine).
You also have no idea what you are going to endure. So like the caterpillar, you also have to put aside your fears and follow your gut instinct. Little do you know that you are about to transform from one identity to another and this will also alter your life forever.
Whilst you are locked away in your quiet place, putting pen to paper, you also go through great change and personal growth. You may dissolve into a gooey mess as turning into a writer can bring on some tears (I was emotional for months when I went through my own metamorphosis) and then you start to rebuild yourself.
There is a period of intense struggle as the creature inside the chrysalis struggles to break free.
After some time it finally emerges. The caterpillar has been transformed into something truly wonderful – a butterfly. It is amazing to think that this beautiful creature was always inside the caterpillar. A new and exciting life awaits the butterfly.
There is a period of intense struggle (self-doubt / worrying what the world will think of you when you say you are a writer / worrying whether anyone will read or like your stuff and being nervous about using Twitter) for you as you stagger out of your private place, clutching a load of papers.
Like the caterpillar you have also transformed into something wonderful – a writer! You are now someone who creates new worlds. You bring characters to life and encourage them to step off the page. Your creative magic was always there buried deep inside you. A new and exciting creative life awaits you too – loud sigh!
So my lovely readers – don’t let your writing get you down today! We all went through an amazing process of transformation and change to get to this place.
Have a fabulous day!