I am a writer. I’m not saying I’m a successful writer nor am I an overly-productive writer. I’m not saying I’m a good writer nor am I saying I’m a writer who enjoys writing very much.
I am a writer who is too influenced by the work of others. When I discover my own voice it’s then that I will become a successful writer. I wonder how old I will be when I find my writing voice? I am impatient for it but I also know it will happen when I am ready. When it comes I plan to write non-stop. I want to create a body of work that I’m proud of and I want to live through it in the form of teaching, appearances, movie adaptations…did I mention that I’m a dreamer too?
I am too influenced by the work of others. The novel I have been struggling to finish for the past six years segues from style to style. When I was reading James Patterson my chapters became short and my writing became choppy. Then I picked up Janet Evanovich and my dramatic crime novel started including food and wit. In desperation I picked up Stephen King’s non-fiction book On Writing which I read at least once every six months. After reading him I always feel closer to finding my writing voice but when I revise my work and I realise I am writing like him.
When I blog I feel like I have captured my writing voice, but blogs are not a book. They are what I do while I wait for inspiration to strike. Actually, it’s not for want of inspiration but I certain lack the discipline to write when it get hard.
I am a writer, for better or for worse because I have always written. Life is my research and my body of work will one day emerge. Do you know what it is that you have to do with your life? Do you know your dream? Are you good at it yet? Are you a work-in-progress like me? Are you still young enough to think you have it all figured out? Or are you old enough to know you may never get there?
Write or die trying is my new motto. And this blog is my way of practicing my craft.
La Dolce Vita – Jo Abi