It has been a busy week, but somehow, even in the hustle and bustle of it all, I have spent a lot of time writing. When the creativity bug hits, it’s truly an itch that needs to be scratched. You’ve heard the saying, ‘Busy people get things done’? It’s usually when I am the busiest that I feel most inspired.
Maybe I’m not a published writer (yet), but here is a list of things that I thought of this week that make me feel like a real writer:
- I spend hours writing in front of my laptop and it feels like only a few minutes have passed.
- The floors are dirty, the laundry piles up but there just isn’t time for that “stuff”.
- I live more in the fictional world I have created than the real one, sometimes I get the two mixed up, and sometimes it’s hard to choose one over the other.
- My characters seem real to me, like I have known them for a long time and we are reliving memories together.
- Frameworks, outlines, and story structures don’t work for me – I am, as a friend so kindly put it, a “free flowing type”.
- Jot notes work, but I tend to avoid mapping out too much of the story. I like to be just as surprised in the story while I am writing it as my readers.
- Anything and everything is inspiration – a quote, a picture, a name, a situation, a place, even the weather.
- My friends have gotten used to my random, quirky questions, even the odd, what-in-the-world-are-you-asking-me-that-for? questions. Better yet, they don’t even bat an eye now when I ask or begin talking about strange things.
- My friends have also gotten used to everything being a possible story event or, at least, injected somehow into my writing. Sometimes it frightens them, other times it doesn’t.
- At times people look at you differently – like she’s the one who wrote the blog about _______. It’s usually a good thing.
- Other times it feels like people distance themselves from you too, for whatever reason. Sometimes that’s an awkward thing.
- Most days, I’d rather write than do anything else.
- I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again (at the risk of sounding a bit off the wall), the characters tell the story to me. I just record it. It’s neither creepy nor odd. I honestly don’t know any other way to write.
- Writing is the fun part; I’d rather just write and leave the other details to someone else. If I could, I’d hire someone to look after the rest: searching for an agent, finding a publisher, marketing my book.
- I write for my own enjoyment, but I love when others enjoy my writing. There is a deep satisfaction I get when people want to talk to me about my blogs, my novels, or my characters. Usually when people feel strongly about something, they want to talk about it. That’s a huge compliment to a writer.
I may not be a well-known author, and I may not have anything other than a couple of second draft manuscripts sitting on my shelf and some loyal blog readers, but in my heart I am a writer. I have a jar of skittles sitting on my desk and a notebook always on hand. I write when I can; it’s a priority for me. To me, that’s what it means to be writer. The rest: the agent, the publishing, the success, will come when the time is right. For now, I do what I love and I love what I do. I am a writer.