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I am a Writer!

I have always dreamed of being a writer. When I had to stop teaching due to health issues in January 2010, I realized I could give up and watch daytime TV the rest of my life, or I could attempt to fulfill my dream. Daytime TV is even more depressing than my health issues, so for my sanity I chose the second option.

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”  ~~Stephen King

Reading is my default position, so the first logical step was to read about writing. I found a number of very helpful books, which I recommend to anyone who is interested in writing:

What I learned from all this research is that there are as many ways to be a writer as there are writers. Some are disciplined and approach writing as a forty-hour a week job, whereas others write when the muse inspires. Offices can be anywhere:  the spare bedroom, the kitchen table, the library, public transportation, a park bench, a bar, or a coffee shop. Some writers work without distractions, while others write around occupations, family, children, or illness. Some like the act of writing, while others only like being finished with the writing. Some write in isolation, and others join guilds, critique groups, associations, retreats, residencies, and internet pages. Some are published, and many dream of being published. Many argue that if one writes, he is a writer. Just as many believe one can’t be called a writer until the work is published.

What does my writing life look like?

I am a writer because I write. I am a writer because my work has been published. I am a writer because my head can’t contain my imagination. I am a writer because I love to share what I have learned. Most importantly, I am a writer because I cannot imagine living without writing.

If you are a writer, I would love to learn how you live the writers’ life. Please share in the comment box by clicking the comment bubble to the right of this post’s title. (And, if you can tell me how to change that comment bubble into a reply box below my post, I would be grateful!)

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