I came across an ABC news article that covered some interesting writing tips (which I shared on Twitter) and I decided I’d write a little bit about my number one tip I have regarding writing. However, there is a disclaimer. As much as I have studied the craft and have tried to hone my skills as much as possible, I still have lots of troubles and issues that arise in my writing. Questions and doubt fill my head, and I have become very familiar with the pain of writer’s block. I mean seriously, I’ve had a book idea in the back of my mind for the past five or so years and I STILL haven’t gotten around to finishing it.
Everybody is different. We hear that all the time to make us feel more comfortable about our uniqueness, which is important! It’s the same when it comes to writing. Everyone has their own style and tone. People use language differently and get creative with how they structure it. This is where my tip grows from because the one thing I have learnt when it comes to everything I do is to embrace individualism.
It might seem odd to read ‘creative writing’ and ‘Rooster Teeth’ in the same sentence. I assume most people don’t think of one when the other is mentioned. However, the discovery of Rooster Teeth around 10 years ago has had such an impact in so many parts of my life, it would be unfair to not link one without the other. You see, this company represented a part of my life I was embarrassed to talk about. When I’m not working, reading or writing, I’m usually planted in front of my television playing a video game.
While I was in primary school, it was a time where it was acknowledged that playing video games was okay but you couldn’t seem too invested or passionate because that would make you weird. I suppose the same could be said about anything back then. Even my love for reading and writing could have been weird when I got too involved with it. It brought on a social anxiety because I realised the things I really enjoyed doing didn’t involve what most people enjoyed (unless they were in the same boat as me and felt they couldn’t express their love for their passions, in which case I hope that’s not the case now!).
On the 3rd and 4th of February, I found myself at RTX Sydney 2018. I always planned on going since I experienced it last year on a weekend pass. When the tickets were first launched I bought them. Then, a couple of weeks before the convention was on there was a second round of tickets made available to be a VIP… and I had was lucky enough to get one.
So, I had this awesome opportunity to be a VIP. Yes, it was expensive but it was 100% worth it. I got to see so much, and with that I learnt so much. I was surrounded by people who loved the same stuff I did and aspired for similar futures. There were magnificent cosplays and huge smiles everywhere I looked. To see so many people gathering for an online company built on the hard work of people who wanted to make people laugh really hit a chord with me. It highlighted the passion to do what I loved and how hard work could translate into such happiness.
But what was it that I did? Well, why don’t I tell you more.
I was going to call this blog post 'the power of writing' but I feel like what I want to write about doesn't cover that. We have all probably been told once or twice in our English classes how influential texts can be. There have been texts that have sparked animosity and damaging action. There have been books that have shown us true happiness or pulled us out of an emotional hole. Writing has the ability to influence, damage, inspire and more. A writer who wields the weapon of writing can strike a heavy blow or simply be the support a person needs. However, writing also has the ability to educate and allow people to have a voice. It can show a different perspective and bring to light issues that would otherwise be left in the dark. This is what this post is about, hence the very uncreative title.
As you may have noticed by now, writing has and always will be a major part of my life. It provides me the chance to speak my mind and communicate where I cannot do it vocally. Having the confidence to speak my mind or voice my opinion has always been my weakness. For me, not allowing myself the chance to be ignored is better than physically being ignored, which has happened a lot in the past. I craft my skills so that I cannot be ignored, so the issues and opinions that I want to be publicised are done in a way that I don't have to be vocal and are more permanent than noise in the air. It sounds dramatic but I think fellow writers might understand... hopefully. However, in later years as I transformed into someone more confident, I found another underlying reason on why writing is so important to me. To be able to communicate issues in a way that exposes the truth behind relevant issues and to be a voice for the ignored or voiceless motivates me to continue.
Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.