I am currently employed as a journalist for several newspapers. Journalism isn’t my true passion, (that would be creative writing) but I still enjoy journalistic writing.
This week, I had to write two book reviews. Now I am a member of the goodreads society and write reviews all the time. However, writing a professional review of a novel—now that’s a little different.
I don’t ever recall taking more dutiful and accurate notes while reading any other novel. And as an English major that’s saying something.
I reread those books more times than I care to admit. I researched all the previous book reviews and I still felt unprepared to write it.
I interviewed with the authors and came home dreading writing this review feeling positive that I would let them down.
But I had a deadline and I had made a promise. I had given my word that I would write these reviews and I wasn’t going to back out now.
So I sat down and started writing this review…and I discovered that I can do hard things.
I wrote a review…a pretty dang good review if I do say so myself. Better than at least half I had read, equal to most I read, and worse than just a few of the ones I read.
However, considering these were the first two formal reviews I’ve ever written, I was pretty pleased with myself.
I can do hard things. I felt totally unprepared to write, but I just did it.
AND NOW the tie to creative writing: sometimes I don’t feel like I have the skills or knowledge to write certain pieces, but the key is to just simply start writing.
I can do hard things and so can you. So just start writing. Everything else will work out.