What It's Like To Be
What It's Like To Be

Inside the Mind of a Writer

by Alicia Schmidt 12 months ago in career

Why do I do it?

Inside the Mind of a Writer

As of now, I'm a 29-year-old writer. What do I write? How do I get there? Well, that's a good question. Sometimes, I don't know either. The only thing I do know is that I have spent years writing, either online, or on MS Word. If you do write, I'm sure there are mediums that you use. I use the medium Wattpad. Bottom line is: I enjoy it. I find that I can empty my mind the more I pour into a page. However, my mind continuously fills up, which is why, no matter what stage of a novel my previous work is at, I always start a new one. That may sound inefficient, but I at least like to have a direction, then forget what I wanted to write completely.

The downside to that, is that there are always unfinished works on my laptop. But I don't let that get me down. I go back and forth between my works, and write the ideas that flow for each. The way I start is by making basic outlines, and basic character plots and ideas. For example, I start by jotting down characteristics before I even make names. In my head, I can see the way the character looks, and then think "Oh! That person looks like..." and I choose the name. Like with anything in writing, I go through versions of names before I make the final decision.

At this juncture, I do have a completely finished, edited novel. This was a novel I started in 2014. It emerged from the dark recesses of my mind, and watching too many vampire movies/shows. However, it does have my own twist. Also, I will admit there are some seriously racy scenes. However, none compares to the other stories I have written, but they aren't finished.

I will say this. You do not necessarily need to have a dark mind, or strange thoughts to write a book. For me, I started because the idea hit me in my sleep. Yes, I said my sleep. When I have dreams, and when I'm in the shower are the times that ideas tend to flow naturally. I always keep something next to my bed so I can write things down. Molding those ideas, even if they are fuzzy, can help form something concrete.

My mind works differently, or not so differently, from other writers. I have the ability to picture scenes in my head with the characters, thinking of multiple outcomes, and what I think the best result would be. In so doing, I can push the book in any direction that I want. I find that to be the most satisfying part if writing. There is no right or wrong. There is simply the words on the page. Either a person likes them or they don't. Regardless, the feeling you get after writing something that you are either passionate about (ie: a hobby), or if you're writing some form of fiction, there is no right or wrong.

The frustrating part for me is to find a publisher. Here I have this completed, and edited book, but so far, I've had no one interested in it. Granted, my online book, which is a different version, has just about 600k likes, and thousands of comments on it. A large reason why I continue to write. I push through the frustration, however hard it may be on my psyche. Nothing in life, if you're passionate about it, comes easy.

Bottom line, for me, I want to inspire others to do what they are passionate about. I want them to see this book, see the impact it has on others, and be inspired to do something they are passionate about. I love writing, I love the process, and I hope one day that I will be an accomplished author. I'm not looking for fame. I'm simply looking to be recognized for my work, and my talent.

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