Are You Really A Writer?
People always ask me, “How do I tell if I’m really a writer?”
I tell them that’s an easy question to answer.
If you’re really a writer, you write.
But that’s not all real writers do.
Real writers also take joy in the writing process itself instead of simply wanting to have written something.
Someone who is really a writer loves the process of writing, even when the process is torturous, as it can be at times with any writing project.
Yet, real writers MUST write. They can’t NOT write.
They may spend time making excuses for not writing. But when it gets right down to it, they can’t stay away from the work itself for long. The writing keeps calling them back.
And when they go back to it, they eventually find bliss when they realize their writing has improved. That they’ve finally learned how to smooth out a certain difficult passage they’ve been wrestling with for weeks. They finally understand what an editor means by some suggested rewrites.
If you’re trying to decide if you’re really a writer, see how long you can stay away from writing.
Find out if the writing itself – and not just the promise of publication – is what brings you joy.
Then you’ll know for sure if you’re really a writer.
Used with permission. From the December 22, 2015 edition of The Morning Nudge, a daily encouraging email produced by Suzanne Lieurance, the Working Writer’s Coach. Receive a free subscription at www.morningnudge.com. The Morning Nudge is also in video format on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEG10GCPBPBrAqhqRhcNy1A.