Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Inspiration and Intimidation

I've been reading quite a bit lately. I've always loved to read. Fiction, non-fiction, romance, comedy, mystery, autobiography, history, anything and everything. I have always tried to limit myself to one book at a time, but recently I've been reading two or three at a time. Makes for interesting dreams...

I also have always loved to write. Because of that, when I read an excellent piece of literature, I feel so inspired. I admire the author, and his or her ability to take a brilliant idea and put it on paper so eloquently. Yet at the same time, I also feel completely intimidated.

When an idea for a story comes into my head, I grab a notebook and start writing. The problem, though, is that the ideas move so rapidly through my head and get so jumbled that I find myself overwhelmed and frustrated. It makes me second-guess my ability to write well. Am I too scatterbrained to be a good writer? That's a very good possibility. Sometimes I feel like my brain is really a train station, and my inspired thoughts trains that move in and out of the depot at a rapid pace, never staying long enough to stick.

Maybe I should go out and buy Writing for Dummies...

Just last night I was conversing with a very dear friend of mine about writing. He discovered that I blog, and understandably requested that I let him read it. It's always interesting to get a glimpse into your friends' minds. He read a bit of my stuff, and began to encourage me. His opinion was that I am a talented writer, and have a way with words. Flattering, obviously. It made me feel more confident of myself. It's always nice to know that someone appreciates what you do and believes in you. Maybe I'll find a way to sort my crazy thoughts and someday I'll actually finish a novel....


  1. Jess, writing is a simply hard thing! I read your post( written well) and I think you just have to write down. When you have ideas write down, you'll have time to elaborate.
    I wish you all the best. :)

  2. Italo,

    Thanks for the encouraging words. :) Welcome as a follower! I'm always excited to have a new person reading and commenting on the craziness in my head. I hope you enjoy!

  3. Jess!

    I can relate to this.

    I literally have tons of notebooks filled with notes/ideas but no real stories written down......yet!

    There's nothing wrong with jotting down idea after idea. In time those ideas will snowball into something else. Ideas mix and merge and become a more elaborate idea.

    That elaborate idea becomes a foundation for a chapter. That chapter starts two or three more chapters rolling and before you know it, you have a rough draft of a whole book completed! WOW!!

    So go ahead and keep saving your ideas. In time they WILL turn into something more.