You Might Be A Writer If…


You might be a writer if…

You have hundreds of slips of paper with decades of thoughts and ideas written on them.

In my case, I have a plastic tub with half-written stories, poetry, and so many notes. I’m ready to share my writings because, I’m at a point in my life where I write simply for the joy of writing. No, that’s not right. I’m at a point in my life where I can write, share it with others, and the joy outweighs the fear and doubt.

You might be a writer if…

You’re rarely satisfied with your work.

You know that old joke with the punchline, ‘Practice, practice, practice’?  I’m not heading for Carnegie Hall, but practice applies to any creative endeavor. The more you do it, the better it gets. Hopefully.

You might be a writer if…

You’re overly sensitive about your writing.

In my younger days, I worked at a bank. If my boss made even the simplest change to a memo I wrote, I took it personally. For the record, I was in my twenties. It never dawned on me, my words were probably fine words, but not what he wanted. As a writer, my words, quite possibly, were too descriptive or flowery or, who knows, maybe they rhymed. I do love poetry.

You might be a writer if…

You question whether you have multiple personality disorder.

During my many years of writing, I’ve written poetry, screenplays, fiction and nonfiction. I’ve written mysteries, horror, and children’s stories. I’ve written love sagas and impassioned poems.

I have a problem with finding my creative direction. Possibly it’s because of my childhood. We moved a lot when I was growing up. From my freshman year to my senior year of high school, I went to four different schools. My identity shifted with each move. The only thing that remained the same was, I wanted to write.

In ninth grade, a teacher helped me become more self-assured in my writing. All the students in his class were required to write a short story. My recollection, from the last time I talked to him, was him telling me, he wanted to share my short story with the class. He said my story was brilliant. This is my recollection from over forty years ago, so I may not remember exactly what word he used to describe my writing. It might have been good or even, very good, but this is my story so we’re going with brilliant. Whatever word he used, it did wonders for my confidence.

We moved the next day.

I’m sure my ninth grade short story is mixed in with my boxful of works covering a plethora of genres.

You might be a writer if…

You need validation like a dog needs a pat on the head.

Most writers are rejected at some point in their fragile lives. A little praise goes a long way in dulling the sting of rejection. It means the world to me every time I get a new follower – especially if it’s a non-relative new follower. It means someone liked what I said and how I said it. All writers, whether they’re 15 (thank you, Mr. Cavender) or 105, appreciate a kind word about their writing.

You might be a writer if…

You write.

That’s all it takes.

The highs and lows of being a writer are part of the craft. In the end, you realize some people like your writing and some don’t. Even as Stephen King is rolling around in his money from book sales, he understands not everyone loves his stories. I doubt this keeps him up at night. Instead, he writes.

And that’s all a writer can do, or, to be more correct, must do. If you have a box of half-written stories, poetry galore, and so many ‘great’ ideas and, what you believe to be, brilliantly worded sentences, written on scraps of paper, you are a writer. It’s not a choice, it’s a compulsion. You may take a break, but you’ll always return to your words.

Once writers stop fueling their fires with doubt, they might decide to publish. It may be for a million dollars or it may be for free on a WordPress blog, with a handful of followers.

Pushing that scary blue Publish button isn’t always easy, but I choose to share.
Why does this dubious, introverted, word-loving female put bits of herself out into the world?

Because…

I’m a writer.

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