Dear writer, do you see yourself as any one of the following: the ‘want to be’ a writer, the ‘ready to go’ writer, or the ‘impassioned’ writer? A lot of writers have been all of these at different times. These three writer profiles will give you an idea of whether or not you see yourself as a writer.
Remember, even the best writers were once a ‘want to be’ writer. We all have to start our writing journey somewhere and it’s always with a feeling of wanting to share something that is important to us. For me, it was a desire to inspire people with my spiritual experiences. If you’ve ever had that feeling, then a writer lives in you!
Want to be a writer
You want to write but haven’t written anything yet. There’s always been a pretty good reason for the delay, like work, or kids, or you’re too tired at night, or your weekends are busy, or you just need to get yourself into the right kind of headspace for writing.
Writing is tangible – it makes what you’re thinking and feeling kind of real – perhaps too real. And well, to be honest, you’re not quite sure if you’re ready to put that part of yourself out there, yet. You just want to be taken seriously when you do write something for people to read.
You feel a bit overwhelmed by all the writing biz. Where do you start? Should you handwrite your ideas into a notebook or get a laptop? Should you take a writer’s course? Who will read your writing or should it just be for yourself – like a journal? If someone does read your writing, one day, what will they think of it – of you?
You may not have a strong grasp of the language. You may now wish you’d paid more attention to grammar at school. But still, you would like to give writing a go because it feels like you have an unsung melody inside you. You can hear it, and you’d really like to let it out someday soon.
Ready to go writer
One of the New Year resolutions you made was to get writing asap – and to just stop thinking about it! You’ve even written this on a sticky note and stuck it up on the toilet wall at home, for everyone who goes there to see – including you.
It was last year’s resolution too, but this year you’re ready to go. You’ve made space in your life for writing. You’ve even bought a pot plant for your desk! Yes, you’re plenty serious. No more excuses! You’ve got something to say, and you’re just figuring out how best to say it – a poem, a post, even a book. Yes, a book!
You feel that if you were to write a book, like a memoir, a how-to book, or a fiction, you could help others with it. Your words will put some light, some healing, and some inspiration into a world that needs it.
You want to reach out to as many people as you can with your experiences, ideas, knowledge, and storytelling … and to make a difference in the lives of your family, friends, clients, community, or the whole wide world!
You’ve been writing for a while, and it’s quietly taken over your life, only it doesn’t pay. Starting was the easy part. The creativity just poured out of you, and you marvelled at the wisdom arising from your inner world. If only someone would pay you a dollar for it.
Unfortunately, you have found that living costs money, favours, or both. You can’t munch on words even though you’ve tried. Sometimes you think you should be more sensible and do something dull and grown-up, like get a full-time job but writing is your passion! You need it like air.
Occasionally you’ll pause and look up from your words, as spectacular as they are, and notice that your peers have left town. On one of your trips to the local shops, for more tea bags and milk, you glance at the pages of the daily newspaper and see them reappear there in print. Not for their criminality but because they’ve succeeded in your society. Holy cow. How the years have gone by…
You rush home to brew another cup of tea, whilst lamenting your youth, and those missed opportunities. New words begin to swarm in your mind and before you have time to sip, you race off to find any scrap piece of paper and a pen (those ever-elusive pens!), lest you forget the perfect sentence that has suddenly formed like smoke rings before your eyes.
Having rescued those jewel-encrusted sentences from oblivion, you sit back satisfied by your eloquence, wit, and wisdom, even if it’s only you who knows it. Sitting quietly in your seat, you sip your wonderful tea. You pray that you’ll never spill it into your keyboard, and thank God … you’re a writer.
Have you been thinking about writing lately? Has anything been holding you back from getting started? If you’re writing regularly, please share with us here at Spirit my way how you got into the groove of it.