Being a Writer
I have always loved to write. I started writing short stories and poetry as a kid, then longer stories and I have even tried my hand at writing songs. As a young college student, I used to write pretend speeches for a politician or leader, trying to exercise the things I was learning in school. As a student now, I am constantly writing. I can easily write a couple thousand words a week for school alone.
But there are definitely days when I can sit there and stare out the window and feel like I have nothing to say.
Those moments don’t come along very often, but they always frighten me when they do. I begin to wonder, “Am I done?” The last time, I texted my sisters and told them I’d sprung a leak – a writer’s leak! My creativity well was empty!
But I think the one thing I have realized is that people with passion always have something to say. If you asked me to list the things I am passionate about, I would probably hesitate, because I don’t know which to name first. But then I’d get on a roll and never stop: faith, fitness, family, marriage, poetry, politics, current events, health care, leadership, productivity…and the list goes on and on!
So, when I find myself panicking that I have said all that I can say, I examine my passions. Some topics I could dedicate an entire blog series to discussing. Sometimes, I just sit and read poetry and all of the sudden, I am inspired with my own idea. I can flip through the news websites and find something to interest me. I can think about the people that I know are struggling with something and write something to encourage them.
I hope that most of what I write is meaningful, but even on the days when it is merely doodling down my ideas, at least I am writing. I am keeping it flowing.
After a long hiatus from poetry writing, I started up again this June. I was inspired by the fact that I had published my own book of poetry, which ended with a poem I wrote in 2013. But then I realized how much I have grown since then, how many ideas I have had, and new experiences, questions about life and new blessings discovered. On June 4th, I sat myself down to try my hand at writing a poem. Since then, I have written over 80 new poems, and I am so proud of them. I cannot wait to share them with everyone.
My first major as a college student at the age of 18 was Professional Writing. In my very first semester, I took a class called Classical and Modern Rhetoric and the text for that class was a series of essays, speeches, and excerpts from books, including ancient writings all the way up through modern essays, arguments, and advertisements! I always imagined myself writing something to someday be included in a book like that.
One thing is for sure, I will never write anything that will be included in a book like that if I don’t write. So I will write about my passions, and find new ways to express how I feel about them because that is the only way to even begin to hope that I will.
And I encourage my writer friends to write. As Jeff Goins states, don’t call yourself an aspiring writer. If you write you are a writer – so be one!