Saturday, 23 July 2011

I Can’t Do It! - Kurt Chambers


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 England my whole life and speaking it every day, it sometimes seems like a foreign language to me when it comes to writing it down. Literacy comes naturally to some people, especially girls for some reason, in the same way that mathematics comes naturally to boys. Obviously, there are always exceptions to these rules, but I’m not one of those exceptions.

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)


10 comments:

  1. I sometimes feel exactly the same, and I'm planning on becoming an English teacher. I'm glad you're not doubting your abilities, your stories are really good.

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  2. Thank you so much, Cheree :) I know you will become a wonderful English teacher! And if you ever have doubts, just think of me! :D

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  3. Looooooove you!!!! and I LOVE the pic! Reminds me of a conversation we had...more than a few years ago! :) You're awesome, Kurt, and so are your books!!!

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  4. Awwwwwwww (((big hug))) Thank you, Frankie <3 How awesome to see you here.

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  5. Well said. Why do we become authors? The more we write the more it seems we need to learn!

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  6. Hi Elle :)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog :)

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  7. The fun thing about being in a critique group is we all learn from each other. Maybe grammar isn't your specialty, but you're really good at other things, like bringing a scene to life and creating lovable characters with unique qualities. And cliffhangers. And hooks. And showing emotion. And... Don't get me started. If I list all the things I've learned from you, both through reading your books and getting your reviews, it will take up the whole screen. :D

    Grammar can easily be fixed, but things like voice and style, you either have or you don't. Your novels have a great voice and are enjoyable to read. To me, that's what makes you a brilliant author. :) And whoever disagrees with me is stupid.

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  8. hahahaha!!! Awwwwwww, Annie (((biggest hug ever))) You are so sweet :) I wish you was an agent :D

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  9. You are so sweet Kurt, and I adore your stories - so remove that nasty word from your vocabulary:)

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  10. Thank you, Tania <3 Consider it removed :)

    What word? :D

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