As writers, we find inspiration in unique ways. Whether it’s the world around us, our own experiences, the way the rain trickles across the broad face of a leaf, or even the line waiting for our favorite coffee, the way we write depends on where we draw our inspiration from and how we see the world. Even shared experiences can render vastly different interpretations
Consider it a unique view into each person’s inner self. We see the world in vastly different ways based on our experiences. It’s honestly kind of amazing when you think about it.
Any author that writes a substantial amount will of course see their work change and adapt over time. Not only are we perfecting our craft by continually writing and reading, but as we grow as individuals, our outlook on life may change. People who were once around may now be gone, there may be new loves, new jobs, loss, a move, sickness or health.
The world changes around us and so our work may change as a result. It’s all part of the cycle. Look at it as an opportunity for inspiration!
“Writing can be a lifeline, especially when your existence has been denied, especially when you have been left on the margins, especially when your life and process of growth have been subjected to attempts at strangulation.” ―Micere Githae Mugo
Recently I’ve been editing some poetry for a new collection. I was surprised at the stark contrast from when I first really got started writing and how I write now. Two years ago, my style was more much chaotic and free form, almost spoken word or slam poetry.
Today I’ve found what I feel is my niche style. Kind of a romantic gothic feel with lots of rhymes and a melodic rhythm. I was distressed trying to marry the past and the present, two vastly different Ravvens who both had things to say.
I took a step back and I realized that although my poetry may differ now, what I write in the past wasn’t necessarily bad or needing of change. It just was what it was. I decided to leave it the way it is, to honor the past and have a visual marker of how far I have come.
I think we all look back sometimes and see things we have written and wonder what was I thinking or why did I do this? But it’s all just part of the process and developing our own writing style.
There are also those moments when we feel stuck. We’ve hit a point we just can’t seem to come out of. Writer’s block, a lack of motivation, frustration, distraction, whatever it is, we’ve all dealt with it.
“People are going to judge you all the time no matter what you do. . . . Don’t worry about other people. Worry about you.” —Jacqueline Woodson