Whenever I tell people that I've written a few manuscripts they get this look. It might be the same look you have on your face right now. They're always surprised, for different reasons, and maybe they wonder how I did it. Maybe you are wondering, too.
On Monday, I told you to write whatever you want, but how do you do that? Is it so easy? Well, yes and no. Choosing to be a writer is choosing the lonely road. Sure, there are others to help you along the way, but ultimately, it's just you.
Some days are good days, and others are just bad. You can't think straight, let alone write a coherent sentence. One those days you need something to push yourself. Here are a few ways to inspire yourself.
Firstly, music. Music is everything. You may have a song that gets you writing and inspires you, but here are a few songs that push me to write:
Of course, besides music, there are books. Anything by Maggie Stiefvater, Scott Westerfeld, Beth Revis and, of course, JK Rowling, inspire me. A good book makes you laugh, and cry, but they can also inspire you. Whenever I read a good book, it makes me want to write better. A good book can also remind me of my goal: that I want to be a published author, and it gets me writing.
There are also the classic movies such as Spirited Away, Matilda and The Secret Garden. They make me want to write wonderful stories that stay in your mind for a long time.
The world around you can be as inspirational, if not more so, than a good movie. When I lived in my old house, which had a big backyard, I used to sit under the big tree and, somehow, being out there helped me to write.
Ultimately though, it's all down to you and if you don't write that book, no one will. So inspire yourself and get writing. I'd love to see your book on my bookshelf one day, alongside mine, of course.
Speaking of, just in case you missed it, here's the short story I posted on wattpad. If all goes to plan, I'll be posting a short story there every month. I'll see you all on Monday, have a good weekend!
Anjulie Te Pohe
Founder of Koru Mag | Mookychick contributor | Avid reader and writer of YA | Takatapui (Maori & bi/queer) | She/Them | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org