Journaling, a Gateway Drug to Creative Writing!

Recently a naysayer challenged me about posting writing ‘tips’ to a Reddit Community dedicated to journaling.  They didn’t think it was ‘a correct or appropriate community for the post.‘  My first reaction was, “huh?” But it got me to thinking….

What is ‘journaling’ but an amature and undeveloped form of creative writing. A writer waiting to step through the door and try a short story or a poem or even the beginning of their first novel. Maybe a stage or screenplay that they have always wanted to try their hand at.  

So my second reaction was to write a reply to the community (in question) stating the above. Was this person coming from a place of fear?  Were they a person who journaled and was terrified of going one step further? Had they tried a piece of creative writing and given up?

My message is to all you people journaling out there:  Don’t be afraid. Try to write some fiction. Write some  more. Then write some more. It doesn’t matter how bad it is; practice makes perfect!

“Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.” W. Somerset Maugham

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett 

Inspiration is not that difficult for me. The difficult part is the normal procrastination of not wanting to sit down and work, not wanting to make it real and face that compromise.” George Lucas  
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