Thoughts on Being a Real Writer
I write for me.
In the past I said, "I started writing online to give myself a 'voice.' My voice. THE voice."
I do not write "for the money," though that is an added benefit when writing for paid online sites. I do not write for the connections, though I like interacting with others.
Sometimes I can get caught up in the goals and milestones, which I set for myself. My crazy competitive nature starts to blossom. What gets me working harder is when I see myself getting closer to certain visual markers, which seem to hold some sort of meaning to me. Most of the time, however. I compete with myself, and will see certain markers that make me work just a bit harder to reach them.
I am approaching several such personal milestones. that I have shared recently.
I started to follow writer, Jeff Goins, and his blog several years ago. Jeff is a writer who maintains that writing is about passion, creativity and changing the world. ( goinswriter.com/ )
I was delighted to received notification of of a post a couple of years ago, "Writers Don't Write to Get Published," in which he shared "The Writers Manifesto." He wrote:
-Real writers don’t write to get published. They write just to write.
-Real writers don’t write for recognition or fame or notoriety. They write, because they simply cannot not write. By their gifts and a higher calling, they are compelled to create.
-Real writers wake up every morning with something to say. And they thank the heavens for an opportunity to do so.
-Real writers do not begin the day with aspirations of seeing their words in print; they simply show up, available to be used as a mouthpiece.
-Real writers do not need audience or inspiration; they have the Muse.
I do believe that I was a "real writer" long before I ever read this. I will continue to be a real writer by these definitions long after I reach the milestones and the many more that will present in the future.
But I do not ever think that my heart will quicken any less when I see numbers add up. There is something about finishing one and pushing toward the next goal.
And I also do that for me.
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Adapted from the original written and posted January 2014 on Bubblews, but removed by the author.
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