I discovered I was a writer when I was about eight years old. I was in third grade, and my teacher told me I was “good at this” after she read the short story I wrote and left on her desk. Whatever this it was about, I was good at it!
The process in admitting you are a writer is intimate. It is a process of discovery, humility and frank honesty. It may not be as linear as you would hope, and the career may not begin as quickly as you may like, however, it is not impossible.
Simply put, you are a writer, when you can admit that you are. You are a writer when you can honor what talents and drive you have which mark you as being a writer. These intangible things, are such which make you being to wonder if you are indeed a writer.
What is the process of that discovery? Beloveds, there is no map. There are only paths from those whom haven cut and blazed before you. If pressed, here are a few thoughts to encourage as your venture towards this identity, this career as a writer.
1.) Be mindful of your pens. What do you find yourself wondering about most? When you wonder, do you roll ideas around which will stretch your imagination? In those moments, do you feel compelled to write anything or everything down? Do you save it or toss it?
2.) Mind the clock. There are certain things writers do, we can lose all track of time when we do them. One is read, the other is writing. What do you find yourself most idly doing? And are you happy doing that?
3.) Be A Fan. Who is your favorite writer/author? With the creation of Amazon, hundreds of authors are available. Any genre, multiple titles and plentiful! There are publications dedicated to the nurturing of future writers, like Writers Digest, where authors are featured in candid formats including interviews! Writing can be a lonely profession, and it is great to know the process of the becoming a writer is not an anomaly. And there are so many paths that take you towards this goal.
Even though the path is not a cookie cutter (neither should it be!), there are still maps. Anne Rice this in regards to writing: “Writing is the only profession you can start at any time.” It is never too late to do what you love–to do what you believe you were good at.
It’s not too late to be you.
Jennifer P. Harris
Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services