People argue that we don’t change, but let’s face it, we do. We change in the small ways- what we choose to eat, our fashion sense, what we read. We change in the big ways- our approach to resolving problems, faith and how we perceive the world. It’s a never ending cycle. And, while our loud and stubborn habits tend to steal the spotlight, there are dozens of small and wonderful changes that happen to us daily.
The same can be said for writing. Countless authors’ styles, subjects and inspirations have leapt around like jackrabbits. Iain (M.) Banks moved from mainstream fiction to science fiction and back again. Ian Fleming transitioned from spy novels to classic children’s picture books. Some authors’ changes have even revolutionized literature. Hemingway modernized today’s approach to book description by emphasizing direct, unadorned prose while William Faulkner shook the Earth by transitioning classic suggestive introspection into a stream-of-consciousness approach that we see today.
There’s nothing wrong with changing your approach to writing. Novice writers tend to lean on lengthy descriptions, repeating adjectives and a heavy dose of those wicked adverbs. They confuse grammar and sentence structure, and are addicted to the all enticing commas when they don’t belong. It’s a rite of passage that takes numerous wags of the finger from a proofreader or editor to understand. One that when amended, can draw new insight on what your writing potential is.
But it’s not just genres, grammar and inspiration that we can change when writing. It’s our perspective as well. When I was young I called myself an aspiring writer. When I was published, I became an author. Now, after ten years of experience, I see myself as a story enthusiast. Our outlook and relationship with the writing world is what makes us who we are.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” This year, keep in mind that whether it seems like it or not, you are constantly in a state of change. You’ve worked very hard to get where you are, be it that first published poem, completed manuscript or contracted novel. You’re doing yourself a disservice by not keeping your author-mind open and your literary-heart honest. After all, it should be your writing aspirations that reflect your choices, not your fears.
9 thoughts on “Changes”
Very true, earlier I was not a very great fan of Poetry, I could only appreciate only a few. Recently I came across Haiku and I amenjoyi myself 🙂
Great to hear! Haikus are good. Now, perhaps I’ll write one about “Change.”
I am enjoying myself . 🙂
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Thanks for the visit Justin and love this post perfect for friends to share on news .. Agree we change over a few years my news changed and my view of life changed in tandem … Love the post … Ian ⭐️😊🎄👍
Appreciate the Ace Worldwide News Group stopping by, and the wonderful comments. Change your thoughts and you change your world. Thank you Ian. Stay writing, be it books or life.
Thanks Justin … Be well and be knowledgable the rest of your life .. Ian 😊
I’m reading this post again on New Years Day and your message sinks to the heart of resolutions – which really boil down to ‘changing our habits’. Great post Justin
Thank you so much and have a Happy New Year.Keep writing,
I am convinced that change is necessary and GOOD! 😊. Btw, thanks for following my blog!