You’re a bookworm without a cause. You read so much sometimes it gets in the way of your day-to-day. Some people say you read too much, but what do they know? Having a book on your lap to sneak a peek at during Christmas dinner is completely normal. It is.
You’ve delved head-first into every book that has crossed your path for as long as you can remember, and you know more about literature than most. The people who know you best tell you often that you should write your own book, and you laugh at them. Writers have Creative Writing degrees and fancy typewriters. But then you start to think to yourself, maybe you could write a book.
Are you a reader who needs to start writing? Check your symptoms and find out:
You Make Up Better Endings in Your Head
The books you read are amazing, and you love them, but you often find yourself concocting alternative endings. Why didn’t the author take the plot in a different direction? The climax would have been even more spectacular. Why did this character have to die? In your mind, the author made several mistakes you just wouldn’t have made.
If you’re creating endings you like better once you’ve finished a book, chances are you are a perfect candidate to write novels. The first step to creating fiction is having the imagination to develop an intriguing plot, and loveable characters. The rest is all hard work.
You Daydream Spin-Offs for Your Favourite Characters
You’ve fallen in love with a character. Maybe romantically, maybe not, but either way you love them. You are so enamoured with them that you start imagining other adventures for them. Soon, these characters come to find they are even more at home in your world, and experience shenanigans even more exciting than the book they originated from.
If you replace that already-written favourite character with one of your own, you have yourself the first things you need to start writing a novel. Adore your favourite characters that have come to you from other books, but you are, without a doubt, creative and talented enough to create a character just as loveable and perfect.
You Love Fan Fiction
Fan fiction has taken the world by storm, and while it is responsible for spawning the Fifty Shades and My Immortal series (ouch), there’s plenty of good stuff on fan fiction website you really enjoy. Reading someone else re-direct well-known and much-loved characters into other exciting adventures has the same allure as when you day-dream your spin-offs.
If you aren’t sure about creating your own characters and world from scratch, fan fiction is a great place to start. Featuring the characters you love, in the worlds you wish you lived in and zero lawsuits. Win, win, win.
Writing a Book is Your Secret Dream
You haven’t admitted it to your friends and family yet, because you’re worried they will push you to do it, but you secretly want to write a book. The prospect is scary: what if your writing is awful? What if the public at large mock you, and point and laugh at this new writer’s epic failures? They are thoughts that every writer, popular or not, have wrestled with before putting pen to paper.
The solution is simple: you want desperately to write but you don’t want to show anyone, so don’t. Hone your skills, write one hundred books and never show anyone. Maybe book one hundred and one will be the masterpiece you’re ready to unveil to the world, whether it’s original fiction or fan-fiction. But one way or another, you need to let those creative juices loose.
Reading can turn into an addiction that has your parents worrying you don’t see your friends enough, and writing is almost exactly the same. Take up another isolating hobby and start creating stories that you would love to read, because there are people out there who would love to see what you’ve got.