On Saturday I wrote I Am a Writer after reading Jeff Goin’s You Are a Writer. Like most everything I write, I wrote it for myself. I wrote it because I needed to trick myself into believing that I am a writer. I had an inkling that other bloggers needed to hear it too, but that wasn’t my intent when I wrote it.
And then the comments started pouring in:
I’m thankful for your words of encouragement and reinforcement. Thanks!
I’ve only recently been outing myself everywhere as I now claim that title – and even if it’s only my Mom who buys a copy of my finished product, that’s okay.
This is beautiful! I, too, have always been really quiet about my writing- although I’m quiet about most things. It’s hard to say because I doubt my own abilities.
It’s so hard to claim this title, isn’t it?
Loved reading this…and still trying to figure out if “I am a writer” or a wanna-be writer or what?!
Thanks for posting this – I completely relate to so many of your thoughts about whether or no I was really a writer. But, I am!
It feels like I’m a big faker if I say “I’m a writer” without a book deal or a huge following on my blog. But it’s so true. You are what you determine to be. And I am a writer, too.
It seems I’m not the only one trying to claim my title as “writer”.
And so I wanted to tell you something: YOU ARE A WRITER.
You are a writer because you bare you soul to your family and strangers alike. You are a writer because you manipulate our feelings with your perfect combination of words. You are a writer because you wouldn’t know what else to do with your words.
The most common insecurity I hear among my fellow writers is: why should I write when there are so many people writing about the same exact thing, and probably doing it better? Why should I even bother?
Glad you asked.
5 Reasons You Should Write:
Write for yourself! I started a blog for me. I started a blog because my thoughts were going round and round in my head in an endless circle of self-doubt, brokenheartedness, insecurity, and pain, and I needed an outlet. I needed to bare my soul for my sanity. Write because it makes you happy. Write because it keeps you sane. Write because it allows you to express yourself. Write like no one is watching, and then, when you realize people actually are watching, you will have exceeded expectations.
Write to tell someone, “me too, you’re not alone”. Someone needs your words. You may think they are silly, insignificant, unnecessary, but your words can save someone; their sanity, their happiness, their life. To someone who feels alone in their pain, your words are a tight hug, someone stroking their hair and telling them, “it will be OK”. Someone needs to hear your words just as you needed to hear them.
Write because you have a unique audience. Your words will reach and touch different people than my words. There may be overlap and similarities, but no two people’s networks are exactly the same.
Write because you have a unique voice. No one experiences the exact same events you experience in the exact same order you do. Think about that for a second. Do you know what that means? It means your experiences, how you relate to them, and how you explain them is completely unique. Sure, you may have a similar thought or experience as someone else. Sure you may draw the same conclusions as someone else every once in a while. But the way you use your words to describe your experiences is completely different from someone else.
Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell. — Charles de Lint
Write because we are all in this together. It’s happened before and it’ll happen again: you come across a blog that reflects your own. You have a mini-panic attack “It’s exactly the same as mine except their blog is prettier and they write better! Why do I even bother? I give up.” Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we see a fellow blogger, someone who is struggling through the same life events and baring their soul just as we are, as competition? Instead of seeing them as “competition”, fight this urge and instead see them as a friend, as a kindred soul, as someone who you have a lot in common with! If not for the blogging, you would on any other occasion see them as such. So why does the blog get in the way? If anything, that means you have even more in common! Read their blogs! Comment on their posts! Revel in the fact that you are not alone! Make a new friend! We are all in this together. Their voice does not somehow lessen yours in any way. Why? Because your voice is unique, your audience is unique, and you’re writing for yourself, but also to tell someone else, “me too, you’re not alone.”
So, my friends and fellow bloggers, I implore you: write. Write because you are a writer.
I’m participating in a 31 day writing challenge. Read more about it and find other blogs that are writing about topics that interest you here. This is day 27 of 31 Days of Enjoying the Little Things in Life! If you haven’t read any yet, start from the beginning here.