“Greater storylines aren’t supposed to make you feel like yours is lacking, They are supposed to lend themselves as forms of inspiration. Come out of it feeling like you want to do more.”
People often ask me, “What do you do with your spare time when you aren’t writing?” and I always reply with, “I’m either reading or playing video games.” They leave that discussion feeling very confused and very concerned. I would often tell them that I feel the need to write, but nothing is happening. I get a lot of, “Anisa, if you want to write. Stop doing what you’re doing and just write.” Sounds easy, right? No.
I wish I could say that I wake up every morning, follow a writing schedule, and get things done. However, I can be very disorganized at times and this results in me either wasting a lot of time, or doing everything else instead. That does not mean that I don’t thoroughly enjoy what I do, it just means that it only feels right when I can do it passionately. When I can look down at the page and be proud of what I’ve written, when I feel inspired. A lot of the time when I’m not writing, I feel guilty yes, but I also feel like it is an opportunity to get things back on track. That is why I lend my time to a good book or a game with an incredible storyline. Other writers have spent their time, their effort creating what you’re experiencing. That shouldn’t hinder your ability to write, that should inspire you to step outside of your comfort zone and do something incredible.
I remember a few years back, I watched gameplay on, “Beyond: Two Souls” and at the time I didn’t have a PS3 so I couldn’t play it, but I remember the storyline hitting me to the core. I remember saying, “One day, I’m going to write something as good as this.” Today, I’ve gotten my hands on the game and I’m reliving that moment all over again. If you’re stuck, if you feel like your story isn’t going anywhere, try something different. Lend your time to a great storyline, celebrate another writer’s achievements, the outcome might outweigh the journey.