The title of this post is a quote from the BBC show Merlin. I really like this as I think it can inspire anyone who reads it. It can give a reader hope. We all have chances in our lives. Some of us are even lucky enough to get a second chance.
If you don’t take the risk, if you don't take the chance then it’s more than likely you will regret not taking it. It could have led onto to bigger and brighter things. However, it may not have done. It may have been the worst decision you've ever made.
The point is, if you have a chance and you feel passionately about it, then take it. What's stopping you? What's the worst that can happen?
Circling back to the title of this post, I can relate to this as a writer.
Right now, I have my chance to get my work out into the general public and show them what I am capable of. This is my chance to show them my writing and encourage them to read more of my stories. That was the whole point of making this website. To get my work out there and for you all to read it, critique it and share it.
Sometimes I take this chance for granted.
Sometimes I hate writing and want nothing more than to give up, throw the drafts in the bin, delete the word documents on my laptop and go to bed.
Sometimes I hate a piece of work so much that I leave it for a number of weeks and ignore it, I pretend it doesn't exist.
Sometimes I love a piece of writing, but others hate it. They want me to change it, to make it more readable, more believable, and more realistic. But at the end of the day, only I can do that. I'm the one who makes the final decision. Because I am the one who wrote it, who spent hours perfecting it.
I am very lucky to have this chance.
There are some people out there who can't get their work out there. Who keep getting shot down time and time again. There are some people in this profession who are scared to show their work of, because they're frightened about the response. They may feel so protective about their writing that they can't bear to have any criticism, they don't want people to tear it apart and point out the mistakes.
I respect them.
It takes a wide range of people to make this world.
It takes real courage to put your writing out there. It is scary and it takes guts. Because there will be people who don't like the way you write, who don't like the plot of a story or the characters. And that's fair enough.
I believe that in order to make your work better, is to accept criticism and take it on bored.
Of course we feel protective about our writing. It's only natural.
We spend so much time thinking about the plot, about the characters, about the setting, the action and dialogue. We edit, redraft, edit again and proof read several times. Often pulling our hair out and bursting into tears because we think we can’t do it.
But there has to come a time where we let these stories go. And that can be really hard for some writers. We can do it.
"There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.
This is going to be scary for me.
Below, I’m going to include a poem I wrote during my first year at university. I want to say that I can't write poetry to save my life. I love reading it, but I can't write it. So please forgive me, here goes.
Poem of movement
A long journey by train to London town,
Return ticket, there and back again.
Excitement coursing through my veins,
Anticipation to gaze at the big bright city.
Hannah sat beside me, chattering away,
Awaiting the stop at St Pancras station.
Countryside, hills, lake hurtle past the glass,
An artist’s pallet of green and blue and yellow.
Stuck on the platform, “it’s already too busy.”
Hannah shrugs, smiles and scurries away.
Thoughts? Criticism? Anything?
I am really proud of this piece. I forgot I had it until I looked through my first years stuff.
It took a lot of courage to tell you this. I hope that it has inspired you to take a chance, to push aside your fears and do something scary.
Who knows where you could end up?
I'll leave you with this quote.
"Fear doesn't have to make you cruel or cowardly… fear can make you kind. It doesn't matter if there’s nothing under the bed or in the dark, so long as you know it's ok to be afraid of it. So, listen. If you listen to nothing else, listen to this. You're always going to be afraid, even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like… a companion. A constant companion, always there. But that's ok. Because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home." - Clara Oswald, Doctor Who.
Until the next time folks!