So, I'm an indie writer. I don't have as much work actually out in the ether as I'd like to, but that's a problem I'd like to help people better understand. Writing isn't always just about getting stories out there. It's about getting the stories you want to tell out there. More often than not, it's difficult to find the motivation and inspiration to do that for me. Why? Well, life tends to play a big role in this.
The every day plays a massive role in my desire to write. The more I'm around creative influences and people who appreciate art, the easier it is for me to be inspired and motivated to do something with that inspiration. Being around people who only value the day to day and their lives as they are(which there's nothing wrong with, by the way), tends to make me feel the same way and not have the same drive to work on my craft.
I've lived in an area my whole life that does not value art or seeking to tell a story. Most people around here are just content with living their day to day lives, and not seeking much else. Again, there's nothing wrong with this. But that's not the kind of crowd I can be around if I want to be inspired to write. Creativity, begets creativity for me. I don't have many friends that are creative, and those that I do have I value very greatly.
I recently just was granted an opportunity to work in Downtown St Paul. I love my job there(working at a restaurant) and people in St Paul are definitely people who are geared towards more in their lives than just the day to day. They tend to appreciate the day to day, but still seek to do more than just the same old. It's not even a question of ambition. It's a question of open-mindedness and seeking more from their lives than just the normal.
Being in that environment is building up my desire to seek more from my writing and spread it around a bit more. I suppose giving it time will help me set my feet on more steady ground for making my dream of being a professional writer more of a reality. This can also be credited towards people's open-mindedness creating a better environment for actually promoting my work and having it read.
Most of my coworkers don't know yet that I'm a writer. I'm not trying to hide this fact, I'm simply waiting for a time when I'm more engaged and involved in it. Soon I'll be seeking some writing communities like writersforum and writerscafe. I'd love to be a part of inspiring others to expand their works and seek more of an artistic lifestyle themselves. Working within those communities will empower my works as well, giving me a greater range of people who appreciate my work.
My family is there to help support me in my every day endeavors. I've learned to appreciate that part of my life a lot more since I've begun opening up to the real world and not living withing my own mind. But that doesn't change my desire to create worlds and share them with the real world. It may be slow going right now, but I promise the world(and myself) that one day everyone will know me as a writer. And have works that any kind of reader would love to read.
I may write sci-fi mainly, and all of my stories will have scientific tones to them. However, I don't want to limit the people I reach. Although I won't be attacking the shiny vampire market. Ever. The point here is I'm starting to really understand the balance in life that I need to make writing my career. And I believe I'm finally at a point in my life where my work can support that goal while also giving me the opportunity to not miss out on every day life.
It makes me incredibly grateful for where I'm at now, and looking at where my life will be going. Thank you to all of you who are interested in seeing more works. Thank you to all of you who try to encourage my artistic side and do your best to make sure I stay inspired. Thanks to all of you, I'm finally at a comfortable point in my life to really start hammering out works and spreading them around.
It's a wonderful feeling.