I’m always open when it comes to talking about dreams (except for one). I want to be a developer. I want to write for some big publishing media. And I want to live a happy life.
But there’s one more thing that I often dream about. I want to be a writer.
The term writer actually sparks some debate over who actually is to be called a writer. A person who writes, or a person whose writing gets published. If that’s the case, my writing got published in newspaper and magazines. Am I already a writer? Or I have to author a book in order to be a writer?
Regardless of what it means in broader term, in Bangladesh, a writer simply refers to a person who writes creative fiction and has published (read: printed) books. That’s the very basic identity of a writer. And that’s who I often want to be.
Is Writing the Easiest Job?
Some people think that writers who become famous are incredibly lucky to live a luxurious life. All they do is sit back and write. But I know that’s not entirely true. While becoming famous may involve a bit of luck, the process of writing is not all that easy. Even the writer who only writes short story has to work really, really hard. Think of an accountant. She knows what to do and how to do. But a story writer has to develop an entire new world, characters, emotions, stories and most importantly climax — all out of nothing but his imagination. Man that’s harder than anything else!
If you watched movies like Secret Window, you’d know that there’s this thing called Writer’s Block. Now, writer’s block also has many definitions. But for a creative fiction writer, I think it’s the shortage of ideas when a writer can’t think of what to write next. That’s probably the biggest obstacle in developing a story if you put negative feedback in the second line.
If you somehow make it to being famous, and if publishing houses are forcing you to submit your next draft, you will realize how hard it is to write. It’s actually harder than an accountant, or a developer, or even the job of the president of the United States. Keep one thing in mind, no job is easy. But yes, if you enjoy doing what you do, you’ll find it easier than others.
My Experience as Story Writer
I have written fiction. In Bangla language, I’ve written four stories so far with two being short and two other being quite long. Two of them are available for download as ebook (for free, of course) while the other two are live on my Bangla blog. I’ve received mixed feedback from the audience. Some people said that they liked it, some said they loved it, some still pushes me to write a sequel, some said my stories lacked maturity and some others simply said it could be better (luckily, no one said “crap!”). One short story, that I wrote in less than an hour, got over 400 likes on Facebook. And that wasn’t really a story. That was just a description of a typical day of a married couple.
I know how difficult it is to write a story. But I skipped all the usual process of writing a story. I just wrote parts and pushed them online. I revised a couple of times but that was it. And I was lucky to have idea to develop the story.
Stories so far (web links, your computer needs to have Bangla font installed to view these):
However, I’ve been searching for the idea of my next story since then. In fact, I have some ideas but I’m not willing to write them anytime soon because it requires a lot of time. And I know I won’t be get paid to write the fiction so I’m having a hard time searching out for time.
So, I Want to Write for Money?
With my last sentence in mind, you maybe already thinking that I’m dying to write for money. Not really. I’m a born writer (meaning that I love to write all day long if I have ideas) and fiction writers have always fascinated me. If I can come up with a great story and a lot of time, I’d love to write fiction for nothing.
But you know I’m a student and I have to spend my time effectively. Besides study, I try my best to spend my time writing for news agency and magazine I work for, working per agreement with numerous freelancing jobs and some recreation like watching movies and playing games. So, if I start writing fiction, I have to either omit freelancing or recreation. I think both are necessary for mental and financial reason so I can’t really start right now.
One other problem with me is that I can’t write short story. Every time I start writing a story, I end up writing a long one divided into several parts. People seem to lose patience. But I can’t finish. Because there are so many stories to tell!
However, if a publishing house comes forward and assures me that I will be paid for my writing, I would definitely write several hours every day. Did you notice I wrote that I would, not that I will? That’s because I’m not a good writer. And that’s my dream.
I want to be a fiction writer.
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