Don’t fall in love with a writer

Writers aren’t made for love. Real love, relationships, and giving our full attention to someone won’t be possible. Every soft touch, smile, kiss, hug, date, beautiful person is possible story idea. Every moment with someone we have fallen in love could become part of a story.

Don’t fall in love with a writer if you don’t want to be immortal through their books. Writers change their feelings and life experiences to written words, sentences and paragraphs. Nothing will be secret. Not really. You can ask them to keep secrets or maybe they will want to do that themselves ― even writers want to keep something only for themselves. But trying isn’t good enough. The words will come out. Their pens can’t stop and before you even realize the love between you two is accessible to everyone in the pages of books.

It won’t say your name or their name. There will be a lot of bullshit before, between and after. However, it’s about the small things. You will regocnize words you have said or your lover has said for you. The feelings of your kisses, the characters go for dates that remind the ones you have been on. It’s all about the small things. Writer won’t tell the story of you two but if they truly love you it shines through the text. For them the feeling of love means you.

This doesn’t mean they always write about you.

It’s not better. Believe me.

Those who write tend to fall for everyone. A random person sitting next to them on a train, that gorgeous singer, your best friend, themselves, a neighbor who has dedicated his life to make your life a hell, the spouse of your sister, the librarian, another librarian, every clerk in your local store, everyone. 

We could have a never-ending fight of “Is it love, if you want to write about someone? If you can’t stop thinking about them because the stories just linger around your mind?” and the answer will depend on the person. But one thing is clear. You will never be the only person in writer’s mind. You have to share the space with characters from villains to heroes and from love-interests to almost perfect heroines.

It’s possible to plead your writer to stop just for one date night. However, I doubt it would work out like you want. It’s in our nature to write, to find new ideas and to always see everything from the mindset of a storyteller. You have fallen for a dreamer who will never grow up. It may sound a cliche but it’s the truth.

Despite all the bad points falling head over heels with a writer may be the best experience of your life. Why? That I will share with you next Friday…

“If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.”
―Mik Everett

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10 Travel love story writing prompts

Traveling around the world is the perfect setting for love story whatever you wanted it to be the saddest thing ever or as sappy as possible. Two people on the other side of the world far from their homes. It won’t get a lot more romantic than that if you ask my opinion. These prompts are things I have seen happening, thought would happen or partly happened to me on my travels. Every single one of these prompts could really happen in the travel world.

My writing prompts blogging series is here to awake your writing inspiration. Check out more prompts and start writing daily. You don’t have to use these prompts to write a whole book or tens of pages. No, just take pen to your hand or start the computer and write. 10 minutes. What comes to your mind of the prompt I gave for you? 20 minutes. How much could you write? 2 hours. Congratulation, you may have accidentally written a real story! (Photo by Verrecchia)

1. I’m staying in hostel and you sleep in the bed above me but we haven’t yet met because our schedules are totally different. I wake up early to see the city while you return back in the middle of the night. Only thing I know about you is that our music taste is alarmingly similar. It’s starting to be annoying so could you maybe stop listening to music so loudly in at 4 am? Oh shit, you’re handsome/beautiful!

2. Lonely boy has decided to jump down from the top of a popular tourist attraction (Eiffel Tower, Colosseum, Ferris Wheel, whatever you know the best). He ends up helping a girl whose hair has clung to the safety net.

3. “This is not a pickup line but have we met before?” When you travel around the world and stay hostels eventually you will meet other travelers again.

4. “I’m a boyish girl and they accidentally put me in the boy’s dorm room. I didn’t mean to spy but I may have accidentally seen your dick. Sorry…”

5. Culture problems can make finding friends or falling in love difficult. In some countries crossing your fingers means you’re lying while in other countries it means you’re hoping for something to happen. We just kissed for goodbye and you promise to see me in Barcelona but you kept your fingers crossed. Now I’m crying because I think you were lying.

6. A girl is scared to death while walking at night time in foreigner country because someone keeps running behind her and screaming. Boy tries to return a wallet for mysterious figure that keeps running away from him in the dark streets of his hometown.

7. “I may have dropped my water bottle at your head in the middle of the night. Could I maybe get it back and take you to coffee as an apology?”

8. We keep meeting at the odd hours of the night in our hostel’s common room. I’m insomniac and you work the night shift in closeby bar. We change greetings, sometimes even talk a little bit about whatever but at some point I have started to wonder if you’re only a creation of my imagination. We only meet at night time when there’s no one else around. So, I’m not stalking you. This is just research.

9. Two people sit next to each other in an airplane. They don’t know each other but they share a problem: They’re both scared to death of flying.

10. “This is kind of awkward but I wanted to inform you that I’m not really married. This ring in my finger is only for safety purposes. So, totally single if you ever need a company to see the Eiffel Tower.”

Writing about traveling and love can be an exciting experience. Just let go and see what happens! Do you have any interesting travel love stories or ideas that could be made to writing prompts?

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.
– Anita Desai

 

What if I’m happy? Can I still write?

Lately, I have been struggling with this question. If I’m truly happy, can I still continue writing and find enough emotion behind my stories? I could coldly divide us writers into two groups: those whose texts are pure emotion and those whose texts tell more structured well-thought stories. I know, I know, this is a total generalization but let’s all believe it for a moment for the sake of my point in this post.

I’m one of the emotional writers. When I pick up my pen and start writing, only feelings came out to the paper. That’s why I – like most emotion writers – can’t grasp the skill of novel-making. My texts are short descriptions of the world like I see it, poems. I hate poetry but it’s the only thing I can write. I know because people keep telling me that after reading the mess I call poetry. My feelings awake feelings in others.

So, what happens after my feelings are gone? What if I only have happiness, positive energy and will to keep living my current life? Until now for years my writings have been full of depression, sadness and dying a little bit every day because my life will never be as I have dreamed of. It has never necessarily been me feeling that bad inside but rather just a small unpleasant feeling of being utterly lost giving strength to those negative thoughts while writing. Now I’m finding myself.

Not everyone who writes can understand this. I would hope that no one else except me can understand but unfortunately, that’s not true. You don’t necessarily have to be in the same situation as me: finding yourself after being lost for years. This feeling I’m currently stuck with comes from writer’s life changing so tragically that they will get scared of this sudden change affecting their writing. The nightmare of any writer is losing their own voice or skill to put words on the paper.

Now we know what I’m scared of – my life changing and me losing all the emotions shining through my writing. I’m scared of losing my own style and skills to write. It’s not just my problem. For romance writers, this might be from losing their trust to love or getting divorced. For horror writers, not being scared of anything anymore. And for poets, losing their sight of this world. For a moment all of us will feel like everything is falling down. What will we be without our skills to write?

I started this article by talking about two types of writers, storytellers and feeling sharers, so you are probably already wondering where was I going with that. My writing style is purely emotional. It has always been but it may not continue like that forever. Last months I have been scared but that also means realizing new truths of my own life. I can write. Listen to me if you are a writer in the same situation as me: YOU CAN WRITE. That’s it, so simple.

Losing my emotions or my writing style changing doesn’t mean
that I will lose my skills to write.

Right now I’m an emotional writer who has always dreamed of writing her own novel or longer stories with real plot and fantasy. For some reason, all I can come up are the short poems. Where will it take me when I lose my style to write through emotions? Towards the storyteller end of this writer spectrum.

I still have all the writing skills and beautiful words inside me. I know what works and what not while writing. All I need to write is inside me ready to come out of my pen. The only things missing are the endless emotions that made my texts so short and hard to read. After I learn how to structure a plot, I’m left with all the skills and willpower to write longer books full of stories.

Maybe change isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it may take us towards something even better or at least newer routes to conquer. As writers, no one can take away our skills to show emotions and tell stories. Whatever happens, my mind will always grave for writing and I won’t allow myself to be scared anymore.

What would it matter if my writing style changed?
I will just change along and create something new and even better.

Does this make any sense for you? Or have you ever been scared of losing your own voice? Like always all comments are more than welcome!

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure.
Continue to reach out.
– Benjamin Franklin

Never going to write a book

Writer’s life is full of setbacks, self-doubt and almost giving up. Especially when we haven’t yet published anything or when no one has yet given us the appreciation we wait so keenly. Maybe I’m not good enough? Heck, I can’t even finish one book so how could this work? I’m never going to write that book inside my brains. My words just aren’t coming out.

Life as a writer seems like a dream impossible to achieve. Even after you earn money full time from writing, it won’t get better. At least not right away. I made money from my writings for first a little over a year ago. Right now I’m starting my own business for my writing work. Soon I will be a full-time writer who earns enough money to maintain writer’s lifestyle. Dream. At any moment I will wake up, realize it won’t work out and then I just give up. No writing for me.

I can’t even finish one book so how could writing be my thing.

A few hundred pages, an average of ten to twenty important characters and the story that is already in your mind. The words just won’t come out. My white paper doesn’t stay white but that doesn’t mean you could see any words. The lines are empty while colorful patterns appear from my pen to the corners of the paper. For me, doodling is the way not to write. For others, it’s cleaning, working in office, sleeping, reading, anything. Anything if we don’t have to start writing the book we have always wanted to write.

Just one book. I want to write just one amazingly interesting book that will change the world. Something for others to read. Something to leave behind me in this world. Just one story written in my doodled papers.

“Being a writer all boils down to this: It’s you, in a chair, staring at a page. And you’re either going to stay in that chair until words are written, or you’re going to give up and walk away.”
– Alessandra Torre

Too young and too old to write

Should you write a memoir or autobiography? I’m 22 (and half) years old girl with nothing extraordinary to share with the world and still I had to answer this questions last weekend. Attending to university writing course and being the youngest there has its pros and cons. My views are fresh and ideas hopefully give something new to the fellow writers learning tricks and secrets of writing with me. But average age being 40 or over also means that I’m often left wondering if a person can be too young to be a writer.

Let’s talk about the 80s. I’m quiet because I wasn’t even born. 22 years. How could you write memories or share wise thoughts without enough experience in living? In fact, maybe writing anything is impossible. Maybe I should get a real job, write alone at home and wait ten more years before showing anyone my stories. It’s easy to sink to the despair. 

Maybe I’m too old. How could I start writing in my fifties? I have never traveled the world so there’s no way I can write a love story happening in Paris. Writing is impossible. No matter how old you’re, where you are from or what you have experienced. Writing is impossible and still, somehow so many people seem to be able to do it.

Did you know that many of the famous or not so famous writers have probably been a lot older, younger or middle-aged than you would guess! For making us all feel better (or even worse) here is a small list of writers and their ages:

  • Christopher Paolini, the author of fantasy series Eragon (one of my all-time favorite books having cool dragons), published the first book of Eragon when he was only 18 years old.
  • Stephen King published his first book Carrie at the age of 27 and his breakthrough book The Shining at the age of 30.
  • Haruki Murakami was 38 when he published his famous and also second book Norwegian Wood.
  • E. L. James became famous after publishing her first novel Fifty Shades of Grey that made us all gasp from horror or desire when she was 48 years old.
  • C. S. Lewis had written several books during his life but published the first novel of a world-famous series The Chronicles of Narnia when he was 52 years old.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien was 45 years old when The Hobbit Or There And Back Again book came out but when The Lord of the Rings was published he was already 62 years old.

I could continue the list towards even younger or older writers. Here we aren’t even talking about those people who write their own memoirs or biography. Anyone can start writing. It’s easier when you start at a younger age but isn’t that the case with everything. Writing is also a skill, the longer you practice the better you become. Usually, older writers are ready to give more effort and time to their practice than younger ones so the age doesn’t really matter. If you want to write, just write. Easy, huh?

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
– Sylvia Plath