Monday, June 29, 2015

You Are A Writer

Looking for inspiration? Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg 
is a great starting point with prompts and more. 

My emails to creative writing students begin with the greeting, "Dear Writers."

It may sound a little woo woo, but the first step to being a writer is thinking of yourself as a writer. That's right, I'm talking to you. The writer reading this writer's blog. You.

The next step is to introduce yourself as a writer. It may not be your day job, but it is something that's important to you. It is the lens through which you comprehend the world. Visual artists might focus on colors and shapes, dancers on movement and you, words. Because you are a writer.

You. Are. A. Writer.

You read, write, edit, and submit your work. You take the practice and business of writing seriously. You talk to other writers, attend readings, and think about your work throughout the day. Your writing and ideas build upon what you've read and experienced.

You write.

You write because you are a writer.

Honor your writing by making sure you fulfill the obligations of writing. Carve out space and time for your practice. Dedicate time and space to writing. That is all to say: Write, writer. 

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