Sunday, February 18, 2018

Learning to Do vs. Waiting

Now that I know I want to craft stories and share them with others, I feel almost at a loss of where to start. So many new questions pop up, "Should I write a novel? Should it be a screenplay? Or maybe just start with a short story?" Then, which story idea makes it?

I've gotten so wound up in the questions that nothing is getting done. I still have story ideas come to mind, that may or may not get written down, but that is about it. It makes me upset with myself, for not pushing myself more when I take time to relax but not write.

Well, today I decided to take a step in the right direction. I joined my local writing group, Willamette Writers. I added their meetings to my calendar and signed up for a free online screenwriting seminar in a few months.

I know this isn't me actually putting words down, but it's getting me among people who can help me focus my mind on one idea and turn it into art. I know I have so much more to learn that in some ways, that makes me hesitant as a writer as well, "Why shouldn't I just wait till I've read more books and learned more science?" I don't think this way of thinking is the right way to go about it. And I'm ready to change that for myself.

I'm excited. I know change is coming for me, but with its awkwardness comes a whole new way of living. I know I can do this, I just have to accept that it will take one step at a time. And this is me tying my shoes.

Has connecting with other writers helped you on your writing path? What were your main takeaways?