I’m here today to make a confession. I’m quite stupid. This may not be a surprise to some people that know me. LOL But today I am going to publicly announce my stupidity. For those readers who don’t know me personally, I’m the author of four complete children’s fantasy novels with more on the way, and hopefully soon to become a published author. Most people, namely those from the non-writing world, have a preconception of what an author is like. I know I did before started writing. Authors are clever people with a massive understanding of the English language (assuming you’re writing in English). That’s not how I see myself; I really struggle and always have with the written word.
The English language is a complicated thing. Despite being English, living in
I have learned so much since I wrote my first novel and joined a critique group where I met other authors. They spent so much of their own time helping me, and for that I will be forever grateful, but it has always been an uphill battle. Today was a good example. A friend of mine, Annie, posted a great article in our forum explaining passive voice in great detail. Here is the article. I read it twice, but couldn’t quite understand all the concepts. This sparked a long discussion between me and my son before I could fully understand everything it said. I can recognise passive voice at a glace, but when it comes to defining it to someone else and explaining it in detail, this is when I struggle. It’s so complicated to me. Am I stupid? If this was a mathematical equation, it would only need to be explained to me once.
So, why on earth did I think it was a good idea to become an author? That is actually a very good question. It seemed like a good idea at the time. There are a few different reasons why I started writing, one of them is I’m a natural born storyteller. I tell stories all the time, and I’m very passionate when I do, flinging my arms around and doing all the actions. People laugh at me. LOL I don’t mind, I think it’s funny. I can’t help it, it’s just me. Capturing that passion on paper in the form of a novel did actually seem like a good idea at the time.
Despite how hard I found it to learn all this stuff, I did do it. I have four complete novels, two of which have been edited to a publishable standard (if there is such a thing.) If there are any other writers out there who reach that point where they think, I can’t do it! This is too hard! I’m just not good enough! Think again. You don’t have to be a genius to become a published author. All you need is that passion to tell stories and share them with the world. Next time you start doubting yourself, think of that stupid bloke who once told you…”You can do it. Just don’t give up! Have confidence in your own abilities.” They are actually very wise words indeed. (For the benefit of those stupid people, that was me saying that. LOL)