Make Some Ripples, Ride the Wave

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Every writer wants to save the world, I think.  That, or every writer wants to tear down the world, tell it a story, and then reshape it into a better world.

Okay, that puts a funny image in your head!

Ever been asked what it’s like to be a writer?  Maybe, maybe not.  But you don’t need me to tell you what writing is like.  Chances are, you’re reading this right now precisely because you are a writer.  And, like a lot of writers out there, you’re into blogging, which led you to stumbling onto my beautiful humble blog.

But once again, you don’t need me to tell you what writing is like.  We know how it is.  So, maybe this post is just stating the obvious…but sometimes we need the obvious.

What do writers/bloggers do?  We spend half our time daydreaming, the next half of our time motivating ourselves to sit down and actually write whatever we were daydreaming about…and the other half…

Well, we ran out of halves.

 

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An apt depiction of the modern writer

Oh, but once we do finally get ourselves to sit down in front of that computer and get those words onto some virtual paper, that is when we make things happen.  That’s when we—small, tiny, insignificant bloggers—cause a tiny ripple in the sea of literature.  Chances are, the ripple isn’t very large.  We hardly ever make a “big impact” on the blogosphere or in the history of literature; we don’t get our name written in the New York Times.

HOWEVER…waves don’t come before ripples.  If anything, ripples are the cause of waves.

The goal, then, is to cause enough ripples to create a wave.   And then?  Ride the wave!

I don’t think I’ve been blogging for a very long time—certainly not as long as some of my other fellow aspiring-authors!—but I do know one thing: you don’t get a lot without giving something first.  Some people get lucky…and some authors get very lucky.  We look at authors like E.L. James, Christopher Paolini, and Andy Weir and we think, “Why can’t that happen to me?!”

Sometimes you just have to accept that the going will be tough.  You might have to move “against the grain”.  You might have to splash violently in order to make that wave in the sea of literature.  Maybe the wave will come, maybe it won’t.  Let’s be realistic: it’s a hard world.  Nothing is easy, especially when it comes to fulfilling your dreams of becoming the next J.K. Rowling.

The important thing to remember is that, when it comes to creating a wave in the sea of literature, don’t drown.  Don’t stop creating ripples.  Don’t stop splashing.

Pray.  Write.  Dream.  Persevere.

To quote myself: Let’s go tear down the world, tell it a story, and make it better!


Stay awesome,

Dominic (Aul)

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