When Am I A Writer?

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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.

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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

Is A Blogger A Writer?

“A real writer can write anything.”

-Christopher Priest

There are only twenty-six letters of the English alphabet. Only twenty-six, these letters from Arabic, Greek and Roman influence,  have allowed imaginations to come to life, and the collective memory known as history to be recorded.

In this new medium of social media, blogging has become the outlet to those whom possess both opinion and time. Blogging provides space to give voice and space to whatever may be on your mind.

And with the advantage of the internet, there are pockets of information and fandom as diverse as the interests of the souls of the world.

However, is a blogger a writer?

My answer? They can be.

This discipline of writing is what makes you a writer. It is the motivation and time put into the talent of what differentiates. Being a writer, as Nikki Giovanni says, means you always are writing. You are always writing!

Whether it is a blog, a poem, review or novel, you are always writing. Words are a portion of who you are! Who writers are!

A blogger is a writer if they want to be.

Again, a blogger is a writer if they want to be. There is, can be no elitism when there are only 26 letters.

 

Jennifer P. Harris

Editor/FounderShekinah Glory Writing Services