Am I a writer? On the outside it seems so. This month I started a job as a technical and marketing writer. I am studying professional writing. I have two (dormant) blogs. I am editing and reading other’s writing, teaching English, and following Word Porn on FB. It seems I am a writer, so why don’t I feel like one?
I am going through the motions of achieving.
- Secured new amazing job. Check.
- Continue to do well in school. Check.
- Read books and watch TV and movies to improve your art. Check.
- Think about writing. Check.
- Write. NO CHECK.
At 9pm every night my alarm goes off to remind me it is “writing time”. I set the alarm months ago so I would write at regular times. Every day I hit snooze. I do all the other writing; work stuff, school assignments, nothing more. Some of my fellow students are disciplined, I admire them for that, a regular blog, getting published, taking risks, getting out and performing, starting their research for our final thesis.
Me? It is half way through a 4 week break from school and I have not put my fingers to the keyboard other than writing Facebook posts, emails, or work-related tasks. In my head I am writing that first draft of my screenplay, in my head I have mild urges to plan and design my future as a writer, in my head I imagine finding a great idea for a TV series and supplementing my income with freelance work, in my head it is busy all the time.
I hope that by writing this post I can move forward to the next phase of my writing life.
Tell me how you inspire yourself, tell me how you define being a writer.