Saturday, March 11, 2017

Am I a Writer?

The simple answer is yes, I'm writing right now. The question I think I should ask myself though is: Can I eloquently place words onto a piece of paper?  Well, that is to be determined.

One of the first things I was taught in school was how to write my letters. Now that I'm all grown up, I have learned that writing is a crucial part of how I communicate with others, be it a test taken in school, a resume for a job, or even for something as simple as a grocery list. Whether I consider myself a writer or not, I don't really have a choice but to write. I don't have the best handwriting either, but I write. In fact, to be quite honest, until 9th grade, I even hated reading (shudder the thought).
     For years, I denied the fact that I was even a writer because I was never consistent. I would go through writing spurts where I would write all the time for a couple months and then nothing for 6 months. I didn't think I had time to write, and I thought that if I told people I was a writer they would say I was doing it wrong. Well now I realize I had it all backwards. Since I started my first children's book almost 3 years ago, I have learned to approach my writing a little differently. I don't need to work 40 hours a week to be able to tell people I am a writer because writing is not like a regular 9-5 job. Being a writer happens whenever an idea strikes, and that can be at any time! Honestly with 4 kids running around I'm lucky if I can manage anything more than a sentence at a time.
    Over the years, I have heard people say that I should find a career doing something I love because then it wouldn't feel like work. Well to be honest, this does NOT feel like work and I DO love it. So, maybe I am a writer after all.