Welcome to Writing My Legacy, specifically generated towards both the writer and reader. This blog is divided into three sections: my legacy, reading, and writing. (If you would like to see my personal bio instead, go to about.me or click my picture on the sidebar.)
I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, but I wasn’t always as sure of myself as I am now. The most general question I’d ask myself was how?.
It wasn’t until my community college creative writing II class that I fully comprehended where I stood and where I was headed. You see, my creative writing teacher did something most writing students can only hope for. She spent an entire class period walking us through the steps she took to get to where she is. I not only received the information I had been so desperate for but was also taught of mistakes I now know not to make.
I’ve always believed that the most effective way to truly succeed at a dream is to find someone who’s already accomplished that goal and to replicate what he or she did. So in the spirit of discovering a clever tool that’ll encourage consistent writing on my part, I’ve decided to create a intimate blog, shadowing the path towards my own writing success. My purpose is not only to provide answers to those who are currently at that questioning point in their lives but also to inspire discouraged writers to Go For It!
A writer MUST read. Period. Stephen King once said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” A writer can’t expect to become anything close to proficient if they don’t first study the objects they hope to create and examine the greats who’ve preceded them. They are to treat every book like a textbook, with the scrutiny and reverence it deserves.
Because I am a writer, we’ve just established that I’m also an avid reader. When you don’t catch me writing with my pink Mac in hand, then I’m probably out on the backyard hammock reading while simultaneously failing at my attempt to tan unwilling skin. And in the hope of keeping track of everything I’ve read (starting now), I’ve decided to begin writing book reviews. I will receive and consider review requests, but keep in mind that since my preferred writing genre is fiction, it is safe to assume what I read is also mostly fiction- though I do enjoy the occasional non-fiction/memoir piece.
To give you an idea of what I read, I’ve jotted down a list of a few authors I absolutely adore and that I make sure to keep tabs on- wouldn’t want to miss out on their latest novels, now would I?
- Patricia Briggs
- Cassandra Clare
- Mary Higgins Clark
- Kelley Armstrong
- Suzanne Collins
Unfortunately, reading isn’t the only step towards becoming a capable writer. Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, claims that it takes approximately 10,000 hours to master something. This doesn’t sound too daunting until you break it down. If I were to write an hour every single day, it would take me about 27.4 years to reach 10,000 hours, and as much as I adore writing, I know that I am WAY off from reaching this goal. Even if “10,000 hours to perfection” isn’t 100% accurate, you can’t expect to excel at anything without frequent, habitual practice.
The purpose of this section is to give you a reason to “just sit down and write something” by posting small bouts of inspiration through prompts, words of the day, quotes of the day, challenges, and more (as soon as I come up with new ideas).