A lot of times the response I get when I tell people I’ve written books is, “oh, I’ve always wanted to be an author!”
I always get excited, thinking I’ve found another person who enjoys the art of storytelling. But, most of the time, when I get further into conversing with them, I realize that it isn’t storytelling they want, and I recognize a similar thing in myself and my fellow authors.
Often, we forget why we write and what we really want from our writing. It’s easy to get distracted by the idea of having fans, or movies made from your story, of fan art or fiction, or fame, or money. A lot of times those are all people have in their sights, their main inspiration for writing.
We must remind ourselves—if you’re like me then very often—that the only way to succeed as a writer, and to ever have a chance at those exciting things, is to be in the writing for the writing.
If you don’t actually enjoy the writing, the imagination, the creating, you won’t have enough motivation to get through the tedious editing and the difficult drafting. If your only goal is something that is so rare and hard to achieve, chances are you won’t be able to put in the effort required to get there.
But if your joy is in the journey, if you have love for the process, and can focus on what you’re doing and what needs to be done, instead of always looking to the future and hoping so desperately to be published young, or soon, then you can actually make it there. Enjoy all the stages; the ideas, the drafting, the editing, and do the best you can in what you’re doing at the moment. It’s not a race, and you don’t have to stress, the quality of your story is much more important than how quickly it comes out! Just enjoy what you love doing and let what comes from it come in its time!
Kyra Johnson is 16 years old, and has been writing for as long as she can remember. The second she learned what an author was she wanted to be one, and when she was 15 her dream finally came true when she published her first book; Prison of Outcasts. She also enjoys dance, art, and film making.
Instagram: @kyra_lanei_johnson & @the_mizlie_series
TABC 2020 Class:
BEFORE I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE AN AUTHOR
Published teen author reveals how to reach the finish line before the race begins!
We'll walk through the struggles authors face as teens, like how to stay social while having such an anti-social hobby, how to make our writing about things we haven't experienced yet feel genuine, how to stay motivated and focused on one story, how to balance writing and your life, and how to be proud instead of embarrassed of showing our peers our work. We'll discuss how to get published as a teen, and if it's smart or if you should wait.