Are you tired of all the rules? In this post, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to do anything as a writer.
I have have to fatigue. We have to do this, we have to say this, we have to write like this.
So, 2020 was insane, and 2021 seems to be series of curve balls that just keep coming. We’re only halfway through and I’m over it all.
And then I see, these dear writers staggering under the weight of have to. You have to show. You have to use everything but an adverb. You have to write every day. You have to ‘King Lear’ it. You have to plot.
You Don’t Have To Do Anything As A Writer
Well, I’m here to tell you: you have to nothing.
Just write. Write the story that is in your heart. The story that is bouncing around in your head. Write it wonderfully, wobbly, and adverbially. Write it with robust nouns and thundering verbs, just bloody well write it.
Write it at 5 a.m. if you’re in the club. Write all three pages first thing. Write it at midnight or at 3 a.m. or in a bathroom stall during lunch hour. Write it when you’re high. Write it when you’re low. Write it when you’re drunk. Write it when you’re sober.
Don’t write it if you’re in a funk. You don’t need to add to the pressure. Write it in rhyme. Write it in your own time. There is no expiration date. If deadlines work, milk them for all they’re worth. If they don’t, look at the moon and wait for the muse to descend. Just bloody well write it.
Write it on a computer. Write it by hand. Chisel it on a rock. Write things that would scandalise your mother but delight your grandmother. Write it with a literary slant and yes, you can chuck in a vampire if you want. Write it for yourself. Write it for the world. Write it for your children. Write it for no one. Just bloody well write it. Or don’t. You don’t have to anything.
And if you are a little unsure, I have gone full teacher mode and included a permission slip for you. Print it out and fill it in.
Download it here: Permission Slip – You Don’t Have To Do Anything As A Writer
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I hope this post shows you that you don’t have to do anything as a writer.
by Mia Botha
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