My Journey as a Writer – blog (part 3)

My Journey as a Writer documents my journey as I rediscover my love of writing, and push forward into a new career path. Watch for new posts on Mondays and Thursdays.

Part 3 includes – 

  • 40th Anniversary
  • Why write?
  • What is a writer?
  • What is my biggest writing tip?

40th Anniversary

09-02-19 | My latest blog post, My Journey as a Writer – part 2, was the 40th post on my website. My current tally sits at Articles (13), Blog posts (2), Poems (22), and Short Stories (3). Every one of those is an accomplishment, and I’m proud of them. I’m still not completely comfortable in sharing my writing, but after 40 times, it’s getting easier.  

Why write?

Writing, at any level, in any form, can be a great way to express yourself. It can also help you work through a variety of things: Ideas. Problems. Solutions. Feelings. Decisions. 

Unsure what to do or the next step to take? Write it down. Get it out of your mind. It’s easier to think through something when your mind is clear. Writing helps clear your mind. It’s a way to see your thoughts. See your thoughts – think about that for a second.

Is the only writing you do texting or a social media post? If so, I have to question why you’re even reading this. Much of society only communicates in short strands of words, typed by their thumbs, onto a device that is more of an addiction than a tool. Surely, you have something more to contribute than that. Even if we reach some bleak, dystopian future overrun by robots and technology smarter than us, people will still write. It’s a communication tool that will never go extinct. Neither will the people that choose to embrace it.

In a later blog post, or perhaps an article, I plan to explore some of the benefits you can gain from writing.

What is a writer?

A writer is someone who writes. Don’t overcomplicate it. I feel this is one of the biggest hurdles. It’s a shift in mindset. Once you start writing and identify yourself as a writer, then you’re a writer. If you call yourself a writer, others will see you that way too.

I kept saying that I wanted to be a writer. It was a dream of mine – except I hadn’t written a damn thing. I wouldn’t allow myself to write anything. I killed my dream before I gave myself a chance. It’s one thing to try something and fail. That happens – and it will happen as a writer. The biggest failure is not trying at all.

I’ve spent a lifetime dreaming about being a writer. I’ve accomplished more in the last six months to chase that dream than I have in the previous 36 years.

What is my biggest writing tip?

So, what is my biggest writing tip? Are you ready? “Start writing.” That’s it. Anticlimactic, I know. It sounds so simple, and yet, it is. Whether you’ve never written before, or you’re coming back to it after a break, start writing. Start anywhere. Journal about your day, write a short story about a family pet, draft a letter to a loved one. Get ambitious and write that novel that’s in your head and dying to come out.

I’ll throw something else at you. All writers have one thing in common – they write one word at a time. Whether you’re a first-timer or a professional – it’s one word at a time. That’s how it goes. 

If you start writing, one word at a time, it will get easier. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Your skills improve with practice, and improvement leads to more confidence. More confidence leads to greater enjoyment of it.

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