What Makes Me a Writer?

Special note to my followers:  Thank you for your patience while I took the month of August off.  My dear husband passed away peacefully at home as I held his hand on August 2.  I wrote sporadically on my book during the month, but mostly I just grieved and began the journey of healing.  Thank you for understanding my absence.

Blodgett Creek, west of Hamilton, Montana.

Now it’s time to write.

Let’s say today is day one of writing.  We are excited to be writing and believe we have a handle on what we are going to say.  Tomorrow, though , will be day two

and we will probably think that what we wrote on day one is complete and total crap.  Maybe on day two we try to fix the writing of day one.  Maybe we try to start over.  Day two is usually discouraging.  What happens on day three?

Day three is the big day.  Will you make the decision to write again?  If you say yes to writing on day three – and day four, five, six, and every day thereafter – you are a writer.  Really.  The decision to write daily separates “real” writers from people who only claim to be writers.  Returning to the work.  Writing every day.

Writing every day gives you something to work on – to edit, to expand, to contract, to have a body of work ready for publication when the opportunity arises.  Think of it this way.  If you owned a store, but didn’t open for business every day, didn’t order merchandise to sell, didn’t stock and restock, didn’t clean and arrange your items, you wouldn’t have that store for long.  Your store would fail.  It is the same for writers.  If we aren’t writing, we have nothing to offer for publication.  Our best work lies buried somewhere in our minds, where no one can benefit from or enjoy it. So write, dear writer.  Every day.  Create a body of work.  That makes you and me a writer.

Monday Writing Challenge

What are you writing right now?  What one piece of writing are you excited about? Write a two or three sentence description of that work – something you might share briefly with someone in an elevator or on a plane.

Going further…

Refine those sentences for clarity.  Imagine you being the person hearing these sentences.  What would your next question to that writer be?  Answer that question by adding it as a phrase to one of your sentences.

Congratulations!  You just wrote your elevator pitch.  More importantly, you clarified to yourself exactly what you hope to accomplish with the piece you are working on right now.

Here’s mine:

I am writing 52 essays on grief to be part of a collection.  My working title is “Learning to Walk Alone.”  These essays explore the feelings and hurdles I am experiencing as I walk through the grief of losing my husband of 38 years.  I will be submitting a sampling of these essays to magazines as I go, hoping to have the entire body of work published in book form in 2021.

(The last sentence is the one I added as a response to the imagined question, “Will these works be published?”)

I am still working on my memoir.  The emotions and challenges of my grief are quite compelling and the what I am inspired to write about and work through each day, more so than the memoir.  In the weeks ahead, I will tell you how I am writing these grief essays in the hopes that you will be encouraged in your own writing.

As always your questions, comments, and shares are appreciated.

Happy writing… ~T

At Stacking Stones Writers, I seek to create a community of writers, a place you can go to find encouragement for your passion – writing.  Please follow the Stacking Stones Writers blog to have easy access to all the tips, tools, and ideas shared here.  Thank you!

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