I have currently just finished watching this documentary on the author J.D. Sallinger because I am studying The Catcher in the Rye in my English class and it gave some food for thought. While I am not a fan of The Catcher in the Rye to any extent, I find I have the same motivations as Sallinger, especially when he was a young beginning author. How amazing would it be to have my writing published in The New Yorker or any magazine for that matter. I want to be recognised for my writing and for what I can do with words. I don’t know exactly what that is that I can do with words yet. I was talking to a good friend of mine, practically begging him to give me some idea on what I should write about. Because I know for me to be a good writer I need to write about something that I’m passionate about but can execute in many ways. I know the only way that I can do this through fiction, creating a world outside the one that I live in to captivate others. But what my friend made me realise when he couldn’t give me the answer that I’m searching for is, how can I expect someone to know for me? I don’t even know myself. I want to captivate an audience. I want to relate to people. But I am beginning to realise that I live life just floating on the surface, I haven’t dived down and explored what really interests me about life. And while I am scared what I might find, I know once I search I will be able to write and write well.
So I am going to try my hand at short stories, just on little things. Develop characters in my mind whom I relate to. Ones I love, ones I hate and ones I am scared of. Whether I decide to publish any of these just yet I am not sure. I just want to see what I will be able to produce.
The idea of being on the cover of a well renowned writing magazine or winning short stories competitions really makes me excited. I can see myself doing something like that. I love that idea and it’s something I know I can achieve.