Why do I write? Because it’s what I enjoy doing. For a long time I denied myself the pleasure and the power. I don’t know why. I guess I didn’t think that I was good enough or that I didn’t have anything important to say. I know now that I should never have stopped. It’s almost inevitable that the first draft isn’t going to be the polished, completed version of the story or the poem or the essay or the song. It’s the experience of writing that’s important.
Reading is crucial as well. Let’s face it, have you ever met a writer that claims to not be a reader? Aren’t the two mutually exclusive? Books and other pieces of literature online or in libraries are an endless source of inspiration and enjoyment. I would always encourage people to read – even if it’s just the back of the shampoo bottle in the bathroom. Take a moment to look closer at the world around you. It only takes a spark to create a raging fire, let your imagination do the same with the inspiration all around you.
Oh, and if that story’s driving you mad, take a step back. A change is a good as a rest. It’ll still be there when you’re ready to return to it.
— Kate Alexander-Kirk| Zest Editor