Nobody will ever write your story as you do. Your story will have your own stamp that no other person can ever duplicate. Your quality is unique. All of what you are is in your writing. Listen to your inspiration with the ears of the child you were. That child will never let you down. Draw on that child’s imagination and her wonder at the world. Don’t write about it. Recreate it. Don’t worry about it being accurate. All memory is selective.
When you were a baby you may not have been a peaceful or beautiful one, but you can bet you were passionate. You knew what you wanted and you let everyone else know it. You may not have known anything about the world you were shoved into but you were ready and willing to learn, and you learned fast. We might equate a babies mind with the word ignorance but that is wrong. You learned at an amazing rate without teachers or text books by applying your power of concentration.
Look at a baby when he is contemplating his toes. That is concentration. There is little else so intense. When you could talk you asked questions, lots of questions. You wanted to know about everything. As you grew up you learned a lot of things, but none of those lessons matched the complexity of your earliest lessons as a baby.
If you were lucky you received the guidance you needed from your parents and family. And you might have learned to apply yourself to the work and play you were meant to do with energy and concentration. Maybe you wanted to become a writer. If so, don’t stop half way to your destination. The child you were was unreflective and lived in the moment.
The person you have become must empty all preconceived ideas to become that child again and let her inner vision guide you. She or he must now forget all past experiences and become innocent and guileless. The person you have become must be intensely focused and disciplined.
Never compare your writing to anyone else’s. That is useless and can become harmful to your creativity. You might decide you are not good enough and what a shame that would be. Teach yourself to write openly and honestly from the child within you. Listen to your own heart. You are unique, any other person will never tell your story exactly as you do. Poet, e e cummings said, “The hardest thing in the world is to be yourself while the world tries so hard to make you into somebody else.”
A writer must color her skies and trees the way he or she sees them and have the fervor to stick to her guns even if it makes her appear foolish. When the world sees you as foolish and off the track say, “This is the way I see it.” Write the world you see in simple sentences everyone can understand. Don’t try to impress people by using big words. Like a child, a writer knows her vision is unique and honestly rendered. It’s her gift to the world. Even if it’s unappreciated she or he can say, it’s the way I see it. It’s the greatest gift you can give.