I know how frustrating it can be, you finally get to meet your favorite author in person or talk to them via the internet. You spend hours -maybe days- talking yourself up to finally, finally ask them how they write such compelling prose? How were they able to render your heart into such a catastrophic mess of emotions and pain just begging for more? How did they formulate a world so tangible, you can’t believe it isn’t real? You expect a profound answer, you expect them to unlock the secrets of the writing world, you expect them to give you a ticket to success, to make this writing thing easier, and they say, “Because I read.”
Being a writer is hard. Anyone who says otherwise obviously has been living under a rock. There is so much that goes into developing the craft: writing, proof-reading, editing, more editing. And that’s just for basic papers. Books and articles take a lot more to finalize. It can all seem daunting, especially to young readers who want to tell their own stories, express their own voices through some sort of medium. We’re very lucky in this day and age to have the networking abilities we have, to be able to share thoughts and voices with a few keystrokes. The online world has opened more doors for writers than ever before, but the very thought can cause a lot of anxiety. There are so many people with the dream to write, so many different avenues that can be walked, so many different perspectives. Coming up with unique, compelling stories can seem terrifying, share those stories can be even more so.