Starting my writing journey a few years ago was one of the hardest things I have ever done. The reason for this was because no one around me wrote. I didn’t know any other writers locally and I had no clue about how to start.
I had a head bulging with story ideas which needed to be emptied but I was apprehensive about doing something creative on my own. After years spent ‘following the crowd’ this decision to write was a huge turning point in my life.
Here are some reasons why it is difficult to embark on a writing journey when no one around you writes:
- The idea of being a solo creative adventurer might terrify you, especially if you are like how I used to be and steer away from doing things on your own.
- You will worry about the reaction you will get from those who are around you. The words ‘creative writing’ always seem to result in a few raised eyebrows and smiles.
- You will have this burning desire to write which won’t leave you alone and I can guarantee no one you talk to will understand. Seriously this desire will wake you up in the small hours, nag you on your way to work and refuse to leave you alone. The more you dismiss it with “no one else writes, I can’t do this on my own!” the more it will stalk. you.
- Becoming a writer might feel strange or unheard of, especially if no one in your family has ever been creative, arty or ‘wordy’.
- You might have a fear of judgement; what will people think of your writing?
- You might have been lucky enough to have a distant relation who did a bit of creative writing and perhaps they were labelled ‘wacky’ or ‘odd’ by other non creative relatives. Will you be given the same label?
- You will have no one to bounce ideas off, talk to or get writing advice from. I spent years using this as an excuse not to write.
- People around you might try to discourage you. Why would you want to write stuff when it is unlikely you will become the next J.K. Rowling?
- The thought of embarking on a writing journey alone makes you feel vulnerable.
- Nobody will read your work and the thought of letting loved ones or friends read it fills you with dread. If you have no one to read what you have written – why bother?
- You have no idea where to start.
Embarking on my own writing journey has been one of the best things I have ever done.
After a six-week creative writing course I decided to start my blog. I managed to find like-minded creative people online and got over my fears of not having anyone to talk to or bounce ideas off.
My blog allowed me to write in secret for months. I didn’t have to tell anyone close to me about my writing hobby and it helped me gain some confidence.
Embarking on my writing journey alone has helped to turn me into an individual. I am a happier and a stronger person. Plus I am living life on my own creative terms and it feels great!
If you are apprehensive about striking out on your own – do it! Take the deserted and unfamiliar path. See where it takes you!
Have a wonderful day my fellow solo creative adventurers!