All you have to do to be a writer…
September 21, 2011 § 17 Comments
Towards the end of college I realized that I really wanted to give writing a shot, so I signed up for a fiction writing class. I got a lot of great experience in that class and some priceless feedback from peers, but what stuck with me the most is this simple truth that my professor shared with us: All you have to do to be a writer is write.
That might sound trite or oversimplified, but for me it’s been liberating. I tend to fixate on the idea that someday I’ll get published and then I’ll be a writer, but the truth is that I love telling stories. I love to know people are enjoying my stories, and hear them laugh at the jokes, and talk about characters and settings as if they were real. I’m a writer because I sit down at my computer (probably not as often as I should) and bang my head against the computer until a story comes out, and that’s not something a lot of people do. Sometimes I forget that in the headlong race to publication.
So this is me passing along a simple truth: All you have to do to be a writer is write.