Writing is easy, but coming up with ideas is difficult. I’m not creative. I don’t consider myself creative. In fact, I think I steal the majority of my ideas. The longest “stories” or “novellas” that I’ve ever written have always turned out to be copies of whatever I was inspired with at the time. I remember that I once wrote a 15,000-word book only to realize that I completely copied The Hunger Games. But that’s not the only time – oh no – I also wrote a 5,000-word short story that could have been transcribed directly from the first episode of The Vampire Diaries.
I expressed this struggle to my roommate. She’s an artist. A really, really good painter. I told her that I will never be as creative as she is. She most likely thinks that I envy her artistic abilities, however, this is not true. I know that she worked hard to come to the point that she’s at. I do, however, envy her flexible mind- her brainstorming power- her creativity. She became frustrated with me when I told her this. She mentioned that she had to practice her creativity too. She said she originally started painting by copying other ideas and styles. This, eventually, gave her the skills to start creating on her own.
Perhaps she’s right. Perhaps the solution to my problem is to practice my creativity. It worked for her and deep down, I know she’s right (if only I could get past my denial and stubbornness!). I don’t know if you know this, but most great writers start off with writing fan fiction. So I guess, this is sort of the same concept. Maybe my “inspired-writing pieces” are the key to eventually having an idea of my own. Maybe my Hunger Games copy will turn into the Not-Hunger-Games.
Writing is easy. In fact, I’m doing it right now. Am I good at it? I don’t know. I’m good at sentence structure and grammar, but that doesn’t matter anymore. I might have made multiple mistakes, but technology will fix that for me. An idea…now that’s worth a million bucks. I just need a good one.