Maybe we can master our own destiny, but obviously, fate does have a little way of slipping in and offering suggestions for which path is the more likely one to be chosen.

I often wonder what it was like for Jane Austen or Stephen King to hear someone refer to them as a writer.  Did they stop and take in the moment, stare off into space, take a deep breath and realize that it was all worth the effort or did they shrug off the label and think maybe one day I will be a writer.

Can you be considered a writer without having any published work?  Does the term writer only refer to an economical means of earning a paycheck and if so, is there a minimum you have to earn?

These are all questions I have posed a million times to myself.  I read once that you are what you believe yourself to be, but obviously, that does not apply to everyone’s situation.  A doctor cannot just be a doctor because they think, and therefore, they are.  I believe a writer may fall into the category of ‘believe in yourself, and you can make anything happen’ logic.   I hope this to be true; I reach for the stars every night before I go to bed and always hope that the next day will bring the impossible a fraction closer to becoming a reality.

One of the reasons I am here sharing with my readers my sometimes cluttered and sporadic thoughts is the possibility of finally arranging them in order, getting them down on paper.  Yes, I am still the girl who writes it down in one of her notebooks, with one of her fantastic pens; both clutter my living space-but make me feel safe, in control somehow.  I have spent years thanking the writers who have enlightened me, taught me things, made me laugh and cry, and brought pure enjoyment into my life.  I have also spent years hoping that one day my written work could inspire someone, as well.

I am not a writer because I have been given a gift so different from thousands of other men and women who see writing as a profession or a hobby.  No, I write because I feel.  I write because expressing myself in the written form calms me and settles my mind, it keeps my thoughts from wandering around too much and helps focus my emotions.  I write because it makes me happy.  When I have a moment to sit by the window, look out into the vast world, smile and give life to the visions in my head, I am alive.



3 Responses to “Writing/Motivation”

  1. Darsha July 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Hello and welcome to “The Same Boat I’m In”. Make yourself comfortable. We might be here awhile!

  2. willingwheeling September 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    You know you are a writer when you realize that you are writing not because you like to write but because you have to write.

    • Just a Girl and her Pups September 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      I think that may be the answer to why you are a writer, it is in the blood, in the soul.

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