Why You Need to Constantly Tell Yourself that You Are a Writer
Hi, Everyone! I watched an interview the other day. Marie Forleo of the B-School interviewed author Cheryl Strayed (Wild). I have to say I loved their whole conversation and something Cheryl Strayed brought up really resonated with me and I felt the need to write a post for all of you.
She talked about writing and how often for those writers who don't write every day or only a little bit in the year, they don't feel like writers. Or somehow think they can't consider themselves writers. Her response was that you, we, are writers. Even if we only write 12 days a year we will still write and are creating something from nothing. She talked about how she doesn't write every day and that she considers herself a binge writer. That statement alone truly resonated with me. You see I don't write every day. Often when I don't write I feel bad like I'm not "doing my job". When in fact, I had to think about it. I myself am a binge writer. Yes I write blog posts and I get these little sparks of inspiration that I love sharing with all of you but as for my novel writing since the first book, its been a while since I have written something new.
I just recently within the last few weeks began drafting my second novel. Slowly scenes are coming to me and ideas are popping into my head. Which makes sense to me because when I am ready to dive into my writer I find myself becoming a bit isolated but for me, that's what works because I am creating the world so I essentially need to live there and not here.
A writer friend of mine that I work with carries a notebook with him everywhere. Someone else said to me "you're a writer and you don't carry a notebook with you." I said "yes but I tend to binge write and just do things differently." He looked at me like I had 8 heads because I used the term binge write but I realized that is exactly what I do. We are two writers who write differently. The upside to that is how we as writers can help each other as well.
The point to all this is that there are different kinds of writers out there. Some of us have to write something every day. Some of us write when were inspired. Some of us binge write. Others make time on their calendar and dedicate that time to writing. You don't have to write every day to be a writing, though. For those of you that sometimes feel like you aren't a "real writer" for that reason, don't feel that way. Being creative isn't easy and we all do it in our own ways at our own pace but it's beautiful all the same.
Stay beautiful. Stay creative, you are all awesome!