Don't think, write!
if you have time to question whether you're a writer or not, you aren't tapping into the creative tap
I wear a lot of hats in the creative world where my business and I live.
My writer hat is dusty though.
I don’t write much lately, yet I build a lot of books, sherpa myriad stories, nudge great proposals toward waiting agents, and birth ideas with brave writers from the thinnest-shelled, nearly-blue-with-translucence eggs of wonder and imagination.
It leaves me wondering about calling myself a writer, sometimes. Am I still? Am I still one if I’m not writing anything right now, lately, this afternoon, at the moment? Are you? Are they?
With my coaching hat poised precariously on my head, I lean into what I would say to a writer who came to me with this vexation. First off, the question would be different, and in my experience, likely wouldn’t be a question at all. Many seeking and yearning authors start with the statement - I’m no writer, Patti, followed by suggesting an action of cessation like, I should just stop, dontcha think? I conjure my oft-used, irreverent retort: “If you want to.”
Followed by, “But can you?” and “Could you stop being a writer?” and “What would that even look like?”
If you’re the person on the other side of the coaching screen, this 2 x 4 slam did its whammy work, and you have no reply. Of course you can’t stop. You have no clue what not writing would look like.
Writers write. They can’t NOT write.
Back to wearing my writer hat—if I have time to be wondering if I’m still a writer, imagine the content I might have been creating from that energy instead. Argh! Oh, and I say this here for all of us—writing is NOT word count, marks on a pages of letters organized on your device…it’s the embodied art that reveals itself in the recesses of your mind.
Writing is a product of energy too… so be wary where you give yourself away.
Today I will write this blog and not give my creative energy to a question that I already know the answer to, and so do you (say it with me): Yes, I am a writer.
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