It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my love for writing on this blog, hasn’t it? It was one of the main reasons I started this blog in the first place, something I’ve only really mentioned once in a blog post you can read here.
For a little bit of backstory, I started writing fictional stories properly when I was around twelve years old. I remember being forced to write a story about football when I was eleven and in my final year of primary school and hating every second of it.
However, I did enjoy the thought of being able to create my own world’s and characters who did what I wanted, so I decided to write something that interested me. They started off as horror and science fiction short stories seven years ago, before developing into the contemporary fiction I write nowadays.
I guess you could say that writing is one of my fondest loves. For it to have been a huge part of my life for the last seven years it has to have been, right? And with that said, I thought I’d talk to you guys about some of my favourite things about writing fiction below.
IT ALLOWS ME TO ESCAPE FROM REALITY
Everyone’s lives are a little bit rubbish at times, aren’t they? For me, writing about the lives of people I have made up allows me to escape from my own problems for a while. That sounds really weird, but there’s something therapeutic about being able to fix the problems in a made-up character’s life when you can’t fix your own. I guess it’s a little bit like people who overload themselves with work when they’re not doing great so they don’t have time to think about their own issues.
Obviously, there are times when my motivation levels disappear completely, and my enjoyment for writing temporarily perishes. However, I like that I can back up my work, so I can come back to my hobby when I’m ready to.
IT GIVES ME A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT
Everyone needs an occasional pick-me-up to make them feel good about themselves, and we all have ways of getting that sense of achievement. For me, it’s writing. Whether it’s because I’ve finished a chapter or scene I’ve been struggling to write, or because I’ve finished a first draft of a novel, I love the sense of achievement I get after it. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been taking part in National Novel Writing Month these last few years, as the sense of achievement I get for reaching 50,000 words is something I look forward to.
IT MAKES ME THINK OF OTHER PEOPLE’S PERSPECTIVES
I’m someone who loves to have both sides of an argument before deciding which side of the fence I stand on. This also allows me to be more open minded and accept where other people are coming from, even when I might not necessarily agree with them. Writing is unique in the way that you’re forced to think of an alternative point of view to make complex characters. What kind of story would it be if everyone agreed with everyone and there was no conflict, after all?
IT GIVES ME A CHANCE TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT ISSUES I DEEM IMPORTANT
Okay, so I haven’t published anything… yet. However, I largely read books to find out more about something I know very little able, and I hope that my own books encourage others to do the same in future. It’s not uncommon for characters with a mental illness or autism to feature heavily in the novels I write, because I feel strongly that people need to know the reality of these more. It helps that I have personal experience with both, so I can put parts of my life into characters experiences. I’ve also featured characters with conditions I don’t have, too, which I think is fine provided you research them thoroughly beforehand.
BECAUSE I ENJOY IT
This is probably the root of all the reasons I’ve mentioned above. Why would you engage in something for such a long time if you didn’t enjoy it? For me, it’s been seven years, and I’m finding out new things about my hobby every day. I personally get so much out of inventing new plots, settings and characters, and getting to really explore their lives as they come alive in my first drafts. I guess it’s my outlet, in the same way that others might binge Netflix shows, or go to the gym five times a week.
Are you a writer, too? Or do you have some other hobby you enjoy? Why not let me know why you enjoy it in the comments below?