I have a few questions for you today.
Are you a writer who keeps having doubts about your abilities, or the possibility of success? Do you struggle with seeing writing as your job or profession? Do you get discouraged and keep wondering what in the world are you doing?
I just read a very encouraging and eye-opening post by Kristen Lamb. I urge you to read it. She addresses what it takes to be a “real” writer.
Leave her a comment (bloggers love that, you know), and while you’re at it, perhaps you have time to come back here and share your thoughts about what she said? I very much enjoy reading what you have to say.
Blessings on your day.
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
She makes some very good points. I think a real writer is someone who feels the need to write no matter what, makes time for writing and isn´t overly concerned about making it big. I also think the meaning of a real writer can vary from person to person.
Good thoughts, Darlene.
I’ve realized that if I were to base my being a writer on some of the great points by others I would not recognize myself as a “real writer”, because I just don’t fit. As I commented on her blog, “I’m just so tired”, so I often wonder what my writing life would look like if I weren’t feeling so stressed. I do need to organize my writing brain better, to take my writing more seriously so that I purposely write. I have SO FAR to go!
Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Great minds think alike. I posted a link to Kristen’s blog this morning, too. I’m sorry to hear that you are so tired. I know what that is like, and it’s hard to stay motivated and not feel like you’re a failure when you can’t get ahead with your writing. I’ve set the bar very low–just 25 words a day. I usually do more, but on the days when 25 words is all there is, at least I’ve met my goal. And a steady diet of goal-meeting does feel a lot better. I got the idea from Kristi Holl: http://kristiholl.net/writers-blog/2014/08/no-motivation-or-willpower-simple-solution/ Check out her other posts, too, about writing through stress and challenging times. She’s awesome and she’s been there. Hope your days brighten soon!
Thank you, Heather, for your comment and for recommending that excellent post. I have one of Kristi’s books – Writer’s First Aid – and haven’t yet read it! (I’m my own worst enemy too often.) I think a small daily goal is a great idea. Now all I have to do is write. I’m sure managing to accomplish a small goal each day is very satisfying.
I have both of Kristi’s First Aid books and reviewed the second one. They’re worth the read. I totally get the “own worst enemy” part–you are not alone!
Thank you, Heather. A thought just came to me about enemies. What is the best way to destroy one’s enemy? To make them your friend. Now … how do I become my own best friend instead of my own worst enemy? That’s worth pondering.
I understand. I would never talk to a friend the way I talk to myself. I can be very negative and judgmental. I need to be a much better friend to me.
oh, I certainly hear you on that point!
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I really enjoyed the blog post. Thank you for directing us there, Lynn. “Real Writer” doubts seem to be part of almost any writer’s life. It sure is part of mine. As you know, Lynn, I have to fight hard for my writing time because of family commitments. Although at times I find myself angry at family because of their expectations, most often I’m angry at myself for not standing up and demanding respect for what I do. I love your replay to Heather Wright, Lynn. “How do I become my own best friend instead of my own worst enemy?” There you have it!! Well and concisely put!
Thank you, Sue. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.
Yes, I know you live a very demanding life, and I admire you for the writing you turn out in the midst of that.
I’m still unsure as to how to become my own best friend, but I have ideas to consider. The hang up for me is how to implement them.
Thank you for your comment.