Fire in my Belly

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. — C. S. Lewis

I was once told, by a person close to me, I couldn’t possibly achieve my goal of being a published author-I simply wasn’t original enough.

This was a person considered themselves a literati of sorts.  They only read the ‘best’ of the classics and chose to not follow popular culture in anyway.

I had a realization:

Regardless of the quality, creativity, or heart of the writer, there will always be someone who will judge your work to be wanting.  

Once I let that settle in my head, I found myself liberated.

I like what I write, others seem to also.  I’ve long since forgiven that thoughtless statement. The truism that emerged is a priceless gem.

Will some of my stories fail? Absolutely.  Failure will not stop me from writing, submitting, and succeeding.

What experiences have lit that fire in your belly?



  • The fire was always there — sometimes it just needed rekindling. Is that even a word? 😉 For me, it was the realization that I *needed* to write, to get the stories out, beginning to end. If I didn’t make the effort, didn’t take it seriously, then I needed to forever put writing behind me. That would be like deciding not to breathe.

    • I definitely get cranky if I’m not writing. How else do I make room for the different voices in my head? 🙂

  • I tend to take comments involving the word “can’t” as a challenge. “Oh, you think I can’t? *bleeeeeep* you! WATCH ME!” … It also helps to know that anyone who says “you can’t” is really saying, “I couldn’t”.

    I’ve come to realize that life is just too short and too precious to live under the fear of “I’m never going to be good enough”. Going out more, seeing different ways of living and believing, talking to people from all across the spectrum, reinforces for me that what is “great” for one person is “crap” to another. And there’s no objective bar to reach for–it’s all about what YOU want to achieve, what makes YOU proud of yourself. External success has to come after the internal, not the other way around. Anyone who tells you otherwise is delusional or jealous. IMO. 😛

    • Exactly, the inner self is the start to achieving all goals. 🙂 See you at RavenCon.

  • Usually when someone tells me I can’t do something, it inspires me to try even harder. 🙂

    • Exactly!

  • I was also told by a close friend that my writing was a pile of, well, dog vomit. I kept writing anyway, and submitted that “mess” to a contest. To my complete surprise, I won it.
    For me, I realized I loved stories and wanted to share them– even if I had no idea if they were good, or original, or not. I don’t write stories to be “creative”. I write stories because its fun to create characters and places. If I’m really lucky, some of that enjoyment rubs off on the readers! 🙂

    • Writing keeps me sane. 🙂 Playing with character, places and ideas, is the part that is the most satisfying. When others enjoy my efforts, it’s a bonus. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come by often.

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