I am no Jane Austen

Throughout my time on this earth, one of the most common pieces of writers’ advice I’ve heard is the edict that one should write every day. Practice your craft, hone your skills, the only way to progress is to write every day. The impression that somehow, one who does not write every day is a lesser writer.

Another I’ve heard is that one should read a lot, and read well, if one wants to be a better quality writer. Not just any books, but real literature. If these two criteria, are the credo within the writing community, then I am certainly not a good writer by others’ standards.

I do not write every day. I write when an idea strikes me so strong, that the only alternative I have is to pen it to paper. I write because I enjoy the process of it, nothing more and nothing less. I don’t force the issue if there’s no issue to be forced. I used to have a dream of being a full-time, published author, but over time and happenstance, that has changed a great deal. Though I admit, that nothing would please me more than to have a published book or two under my belt.

I also do not read every day, but I do read. I read for enjoyment. For the journey of a book from start to finish, seeing the characters’ journeys along the way.

In answer to those who insist you must write every single day, I say, do whatever you feel is right for yourself, just don’t let anyone tell you that you’re wrong for doing it.

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2 thoughts on “I am no Jane Austen

  1. I find that the best way of writing everyday is to just write what’s on your thoughts, write what you think about, even if it’s not your best work, You’d be surprised at just how much you think about the world, and how much of it is lost. As for reading, I can’t say I’ve read a whole lot of the classics, but I have read a ton of Fantasy fiction, and that’s helped me a lot in my writing. They’re professional writers too! Oh, and I think you’re a wonderful writer 🙂

    • I lose quite a bit of things that enter my mind to write about, mostly because my best stuff seems to surface just after I have turned out the lights and climbed into bed. At that point, I am faced with making the decision to jump back up and jot it down, or tell myself I will do it “in the morning.” Of course, once morning arrives, the idea has faded and I cannot remember exactly what it was that entered my sleepy little mind. lol

      I cannot say that I have read many of the classics either. I do, however, enjoy reading immensely and do it as often as I can.

      Thank you sincerely for the compliment. 🙂 I think the same of you, and consider myself blessed to be able to follow your blog and enjoy your words.

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