Few days ago I went for a coffee with an old friend of mine and while I was listening, not only what she was saying, but also what others around us in the coffeeshop where saying, I couldn’t help myself but wonder… How many different kinds of characters exist out there?
Some are optimists, some others are pessimists pretty much from inside the womb. Some people wanna make a scene, everywhere they go, while some others want to slip through without being noticed. Some are caring and passionate, while others have hearts as cold as ice. Some are kind, but some others are rude. Some are stars… Some others are like Evenstar!
Ready to sacrifice what they were given, what was their birthright, just to be with the person they love. Like Arwen Undómiel, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. She had the gift of immortality and she chose to abandon that to live a mortal life. Well actually she chose to live the extended version of it. The point is that she chose love over eternal life. Love over gifts and birthrights. Love over everything else.
This world is in desperate need of bigger amounts of love. All of us focus on less important and more stressing things and we forget those little things that make our lives seem big and precious. Nowadays, we all live to work, while it should be the other way around; work to have the basic things we need to survive.
Our star won’t shine brighter if we work 13 hours every single day. Our star will shine brighter if we know where our limits are and we spend some time with the people we love and care about; because by doing that we’ll be able to work harder the next day and the day after that. Because at the end of the day, the people we love and care about will stand by us, not our career.
However, I came across many wonderful people lately who seem truly passionate about “NaNoWriMo” and they are basically trying to build their writing career out of it. Now, for those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month” and it basically challenges you to write a novel of 50k words in a month! That’s right! Fifty freaking thousand words in a month.
Don’t get me wrong, I love writing. And I do it with much more enthusiasm than I did in the past. But, first of all, I write as much as I want, without having to hit a goal. Second of all, I have so many drafts I’m editing and making changes on, that it’s not that hard to update the blog every day. And third, when you NEED to write and you don’t do it just because you ADORE it, that passion seems like it’s fainting. And then you get nervous and the words don’t come out on the paper (or actually on your computer screen) as easy as they did in the past. And it’s impossible for you to…
Some people may be able to do it and I admire them for that. But I can’t. And I’m brave enough to admit it. There are days that I don’t even have time to pee, let alone write. I had even started writing on my iPhone while I was in the bathroom, while I was going to my Spanish lesson, when I was going for a walk, even in my sleep sometimes, just to manage to finish a single prompt every week! Literally man! I was opening one eye and I was typing what had popped up inside my mind. Not so fun…
Writing, creating characters, stories, settings… That is supposed to be FUN! I won’t, under any circumstances, forget why I first started writing. If I manage some day to sell what I have written so far and get paid for my ideas… Well, that’s a completely different chapter.
For the time being, I have my job, which I love, and I write because I love that, too. And so does Katrin Hollister, who was courageous enough to participate in that contest, with an amazing story I try to read every single day. You can check this new fantastic and adventurous story by following that link. I’m sure you’ll like it!
There comes a time when we all sort out our priorities. It may take years, but eventually we all do. I’m not saying that you don’t have to work hard and build a career, but it’s equally, or even more important to build healthy relationships with the people you care about and love. Thankfully, if you’re trying to build a career as a writer, you’ll have to build healthy relationships with the people around you, too, because they will be your inspiration for the stories you want to tell to the world!
And no matter how bright your star will shine, stay humble. That’s rule #1 if you wanna embrace success.
Na lû e-govaned vîn everyone!
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