Everybody's faking it / Everything is possible

Thursday, October 24, 2013

1. Everybody's faking it

When I was younger I believed for a very long time that grown-ups were somehow inherently whole – that I would hit 18 and metamorphose into an Adult who Knew About Stuff and possess incredible self-assurance. I got a little bit older and realised that no-one is ever absolutely sure of themselves – that I’ll probably still be trying to work it all out for the rest of my life. And that’s okay, although disappointing to figure out after a childhood of believing in the infallibility of adults.

This is from a thing I wrote (I do that a bit, don't I? Bit of a theme, this writing thing) for Birdee mag on feeling like a huge fraud. You can read the rest, if you want.

2. Everything is possible

When you’re a kid, and even into your teenage years, everything is possible. Inexperience is actually a huge benefit – you are so wildly confident that the gargantuan seems quite manageable. Dedication and discipline to write are actually things I require more now than I did as a fifteen-year-old, even though I wrote just as much then – I was so absolutely consumed back then by enthusiasm to write, and for the stories I was writing. It changes a bit once it turns into a career, and you’re a good enough writer to be able to see all the flaws in your own writing. But I think there is something raw and genuine and wonderfully honest about the things young people write, even if they’re not technically the most talented and subtle of writers. I have always thought in terms of stories – and I see potential stories everywhere – so for me it was the best possible way to express myself and explore new ideas and try to imagine life from someone else’s point of view.

Here's a little guest post I wrote about my writing journey (journey makes it sound like an elaborate quest, or like I have a clue what I'm doing, so I need to think of an alternate word there) for the lovely Josefa's blog.
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