Friday, November 30, 2012

A Writer Writes...It Can't Be Helped



I am a writer. I do not have a finished manuscript under my bed gathering dust. I DO have several files here on my Mac that are filled with the beginnings of books, blogs and what-not. There are files crowded with inspiring quotes for writers, more files labeled "How To" with the practical methods and formulas. The files marked "WIP" or "Work in progress" have not progressed very far. I even have a file marked "Compliments" with snippets of good things that others have said about my writing. 

BUT it all comes back to the one graphic that really makes sense; you can see it above. Pretty clear isn't it? 

Communicating with the written word has always been easier for me. I don't know if it's because I am too slow to think on my feet when in a face-to-face conversation. There is something to that. I tend to over-think my responses to people when in their presence and get panicky and this leads to pre-editing what I want to say until the opportunity passes and I said nothing. So I am considered a quiet person. BUT my head is NOT quiet! :)

FaceBook and blogging were made for people like me. I can leave witty comments, sincere heartfelt encouragements and ask questions of others all from the safety of my home on my own timing. Perfect. 

I am a writer. You won't see a list of all my published books in the sidebar of this blog. My writing is scattered all over the Internet on various websites that offer no byline. But they do pay and I like that. I will keep submitting articles and article ideas to magazines and websites that will give me both bit of money and a byline with some recognition here and there. 

As most writers do, I sometimes wonder why anyone would want to read my words or care about my inner thoughts. It really makes no sense that you would. A non-fiction writer like myself asks this even more than a great story-teller would. At least a wonderful story is a brand new creation given like a gift to the readers. But the words keep coming anyway.

A writer writes. It can't be helped. The tablet by my bed is always ready for 3am inspirations that must be deciphered the next day. Sometimes the perfect ending or a new beginning for an article arrives in the twilight moments of half sleep. I love that. 

Thank you for reading my blog and walking along side me as I figure this all out. When you leave a comment or SHARE this blog with others it gives me new energy to continue and see where this road is going. I need you. A writer needs her readers just as much as a reader needs her writers. 

So I will keep writing....


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15 comments:

  1. I think story-tellers ask these same questions...
    Still, I'm all in when it comes to that poster. In fact, it's probably why there's dust more than just on that manuscript--but on every surface. I just can't be bothered when ideas are flowing (or even if they're merely stumbling along).

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    1. There is just so much pleasure in writing! It is my fun and my battle at the same time.

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  2. Yay for being Super Writer. (I want a cape.) I've never had a middle-of-night revelation, although I read about that happening with people. Maybe my mind is kind of like a dead-zone after midnight.

    I too find it much easier to write than speak. When someone can invent a backspace key for my mouth, that may change. Loved the article.

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    1. Ha! Thanks new friend Julie! When I am with someone who intimidates me and I am determined not to be the "quiet one" I often end up blurting something that I regret later. So yah, that backspace key for the mouth would be so wonderful!

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  3. Susie- It'a great time to be a writer who writes...I love that we have this medium of the blogosphere and websites for articles and of course my favorites: good old fashioned magazines, books and blank jounals. Keep writing! Thanks for the encouragement!

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    1. Hi Kel, One of the best things about being a writer today is the nearly INSTANT feed-back we get by blogging etc. I posted this today at almost 11am and here we are discussing it at 1pm same day! Love it!

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  4. I am a nonfiction writer too and I empathize with your words here; sometimes I slack off on writing and finding a publisher for my third book. Blogging and being on FB are fun and easy compared to the work of writing, aren't they? Now you are inspiring me to get back to writing, so thank you.

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    1. Yes, the ease of FB & blogging can probably be a problem for writers. Some days I wake up with re-newed inspiration but then after spending too much time checking email, FB and blogs, it has disappeared and I have used my words in non-important ways. Sigh.

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  5. This is a wonderful post. Writers are writers and can't help but writing. It eeks out one way or the other doesn't it? ........ on napkins, church bulletins (don't tell my pastor!), books, blogs, magazines, letters, emails.....I even wrote my would-be husband a long letter on an entire roll of toilet paper (which he could make use of later!) when he was stationed in the Army in Germany. Our daughter still can't believe that I did that. And her friend once wrote her phone number on his hand (because I wanted to hire him to play his instrument at a party), and then he lost what he'd written. That's a good sign: It showed me that he bathed! :-)And writers write just about anything: quotes, snippets, stories, articles, interviews, instructions, memoirs, personal essays, poetry, acrostics, lists, news, books (fiction and non, humerous and serious). As you say, writers need readers.......but when they don't come, writers just need to write. It's in the genes and the genius (for some). And while it's fun to be published, in the end, we write because God has given us the gift and we give it back to Him by writing for His glory. He'll find an audience somehow....large or small. It matters not, as long as we heed His call to write, write, write! I"m glad you obeyed, Susie. You do it well!
    Blessings,
    Lynn

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  6. this is the 2nd post i read today that had this theme and its encouraging. i guess i too am a writer, because i feel so good when i get my thoughts down vs verbalizing. Encouragement is icing on the cake.
    This is about you - keep writing, I enjoy reading.

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  7. Thank you for sharing. This is my first time here. It's a good post. Something that I can relate to. I'm not really a writer just a blogger. But wish to be one eventhough I'm not good at it ;p

    So, I think practice is everything. Thanks again for the inspiring post.

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