Anyone can write. Everyone should try it, even if they never plan to publish it. Writing is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum. You decide what happens, how it happens, and when it happens. Writing is the easiest thing to do. It’s also the hardest. It’s as simple as simply expanding your most recent dream, the one you can barely remember, and turning it in to a short story, or a novel.
You can’t just write something. It’s not that easy. But at the same time it is. You have to have the idea, even if it’s the smallest thing, such as a silver pocket watch. The idea of that pocket watch leads you to come up with the greatest idea of a story about the creation of time travel – which is nothing but paradox and contradictions. Every writer is a terrible writer. The first draft is what just spills from your fingertips. The second draft – that dreaded first revision – is what your brain tears to shreds. In this, you wonder how you ever dreamed of releasing that monstrosity to the world.
Writers are constantly working. They’re never ‘off the clock.’ When we zone out and tap our pens, pencils, or fingers against a surface, we’re creating an entirely different world. It’s not just something you can control. Like that pocket watch, the gears of your brain are just ticking on and on in to infinity, until one day, it stops. We writers don’t see it as the moon simply shining. We see it at all these angles, how the moonlight is being reflected off of a piece of broken glass on the mildew drizzled lawn, how the moon casts a dull white blanket over everything in its path. Writing is one of the simplest complexities that we’ve been challenged with. Writing lets you be what reality denies you.
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
The above is a rough draft of the speech thing I'm giving in my AVID class on Thursday. We're supposed to speak about something that's important to us, and I just knew that this is the one that would make most sense for me to talk about.