If you don’t know by now, I have an issue with labels. I remember one time when a published author and I squabbled good-naturedly about the definition of a writer. The author said that a person wasn’t a writer until they were published. I argued that anyone that puts a pen to paper and crafts a story or poem or essay is in fact a writer. When you publish then you become an author. We agreed to disagree and continued on with a pleasant acquaintance to this day.
What does this have to do with what I’ve learned from other writers? In order to be a writer, one has to write on a regular basis. I find that difficult at times, since I have a full-time job and other interests that pull me away from the craft. But I’ve realized one very difficult fact; when I don’t write regularly, I get rusty.
Writing is like any other ability. You have to practice to become more adept and agile in the performance of it. When I write on a consistent basis, I find myself bursting with ideas and become more able to write with full knowledge and use of descriptive words, less likely to get bogged down in mechanics, and quite frankly, more enthusiastic about the job.
I run into a lot of obstacles, among them distractions like crafting, reading and watching television, as well as getting lost online. Unfortunately, housework isn’t much of a distraction! I also find sometimes that my own insecurities about writing may interfere with my own creativity. But, when push comes to shove, I come around to writing and enjoy crafting stories about the characters that fill my mind and my dreams.
I start each new year with intentions of writing every day. Sometimes it doesn’t happen. But I’m not beating myself up about it. I DO try to apply myself to my writing every day, whether it’s plotting, working on swag or giveaways, promotions or actually writing. When my daytime job interferes too much, I try to make time for the actual writing on the weekend.
So, are you a writer? Do you manage to write on a consistent basis? What gets in your way? And most importantly, how do you find the time to BE a writer