I’ve decided to go for the second option.
Dear future blogging/writing self,
I hope you’re still making time for blogging and writing. I know that sometimes life can get in the way, and I expect in the future you’ll have even more work and family commitments. But you must remember to find time for yourself and work on what you love. Sure, you love watching TV and surfing the net too, but you know that blogging and writing are hobbies that really feed your mind and allow you to express yourself. I know this is important to you.
In a similar vein, I hope you’re persevering with your writing projects and that you haven’t given up on ideas that you were once excited about. Writing is a long and tiring process sometimes, but that’s okay. You just have to stick it out until you get the words on paper. It will be worth it. If you’ve finished at least one novel by now, I’ll be really proud of you. I know you can do it if you decide to commit. Otherwise you’ll be like Brian from Family Guy forever:
“How you uh, how you comin’ on that novel you’re working on? Huh? Gotta a big, uh, big stack of papers there? Gotta, gotta nice little story you’re working on there? Your big novel you’ve been working on for 3 years? Huh? Gotta, gotta compelling protagonist? Yeah? Gotta obstacle for him to overcome? Huh? Gotta story brewing there? Working on, working on that for quite some time? Huh? Yea, talking about that 3 years ago. Been working on that the whole time? Nice little narrative? Beginning, middle, and end? Some friends become enemies, some enemies become friends? At the end your main character is richer from the experience? Yeah? Yeah? No, no, you deserve some time off.”(‘Brian the Bachelor’, Family Guy season 4)
You really don’t want that.
What would you say to your past or future creative self?
I love this! I especially needed to read this letter, because while I am good with keeping up with my blogging, I am NOT good about continuously writing. And like you said, I'm a writer, whether what I write is bad or good or never gets published or gets a great book deal…I'm still a writer and I need to continue to write on a regular basis. Thanks so much–I needed this!
Wonderful letter! It is full of great advice. Thanks for sharing it!
I really love this! I have started writing I think three novels now and finished zero. I start something and then read a book that is similar and decide mine was stupid and then give up. When I say similar I mean the way Matched and Divergent are similar, they are in the same genre. I am always looking for an excuse to not write out my ideas. I need to persevere! Perhaps this newest idea will get to see more than 5 chapters??
What a lovely letter, the part from Family Guy made me laugh 😀
Beautiful letter! I hope you keep on reading, blogging and writing, as it feels like these are things you do just for you. Everyone needs something that's just "theirs", you know?