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Writers Write

By Writerinterrupted @writerinterrupt

Write anywhere unsplashYou may not even realize it yet, but you’re already a writer. The simple fact that you’ve picked up pen and paper—okay, tablet and keyboard, and pounded out words, albeit messy words (been there, done that) means you’re a writer. Don’t doubt it.

But what separates the wanna-be writers from the gonna-be published authors is good old-fashioned hard work and commitment. Talent is only a small part of becoming a published author. Many people can be taught to write, but not many have the passion and the drive to see it through to THE END, pun intended.

Even as I type this, I’m going through difficult life circumstances. Most days I can’t find the creativity to write a pithy facebook or twitter status let alone a scene in my current WIP (work-in-progress.)  Many days the emotion I need to get on the page has already been spent on real life. Writing is hard even when times are good. So how does a writer (and remember YOU are one) get past all the obstacles to writing and just write?

Honestly, I haven’t a clue, but what I do know is that if you’re a writer, it’s impossible not to write. Side note: if you can power down your laptop and never miss looking at a blank page, run. Run far and fast. Only the terminally insane will choose this kinda life.

I think writers’ brains are wired differently. When we see a homeless person pan handling, we see a tragic story and before we pass by, we’ve created his entire backstory and a character “begging” to tell his story. And we do tell his story, at least in our heads. The hardest part is getting our ideas down on paper.

When I finished my first novel 15 years ago, I just sat down at the key board and wrote my heart out. I had no idea there was something called story structure or POV or head hopping or backstory. I was one of those high school students who got As when I wrote something. Either my teachers were illiterate, or I had a gift. To this day I don’t know how I did it. I didn’t create outlines, I just wrote. But when I sent my first real fiction “baby” off to critique partners and editors I got a rude awakening. There was so much I didn’t know which was evidenced by all the red on my pages.

But over the years I’ve studied, attended writing conferences, listened to podcasts, and read craft books. And I’ve improved, even have a couple of novels traditionally published. But all the studying and learning won’t help you improve if you’re not writing.

Now let me be perfectly clear. You’re busy. You have families, work, school, other hobbies, friends, etc. Your life should be full and well-rounded. Yes, writing takes a lot of time and commitment, but it shouldn’t be your entire life.

There will be days and weeks, even months that go by when you just can’t write a word to save your hide, but that’s okay. Cut yourself some slack and do what you can do. Chances are you’re not on deadline, and you don’t have a cigar chomping editor standing over your shoulder, breathing down your neck.

Writing is only part of being a writer. Even when you’re not stringing sentences together, you’re still writing. Don’t dis your brainstorming session in the carpool line, or the spark of an idea that comes when you’re listening to the news, or in my case, my son’s senior thesis presentation on the ethics of using medical research obtained by unethical means during WWII. Definitely not RomCom material, which reminds me—I need to write down those two book ideas I got from his speech.

So you see, even when you’re not writing, you’re writing. You’re a writer. You may not have a finished novel, but repeat after me. I am a writer. Say it. Believe it. Live it. Write it!

Ready to admit you’re a writer? Find a friend, relative, stranger, or priest, and confess it. Tell them why you want to write and how you’re going to do it. And maybe ask them to hold you accountable to your dream of one day being a published author. Not ready to go public with your confession? Then write it down for your eyes only. And if you’re really, really brave, go ahead and post your declaration here. Soon you’ll realize you’re in very good company.

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