(Just a quick note – the next few entries will short and sweet because I’m on the road. Next week we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled broadcasts)
Who Do You Want to Be?
By Elizabeth Cutright
© 2012 The Daily Creative Writer
Are you having doubts today? Not exactly sure you’re headed in the right direction and worried that maybe, once you reach your final destination, your ultimate goal is not all you thought it’d be? Are you suffer a crisis of creative faith?
We are, none of us, completely confident one-hundred percent of the time. Everyone questions their motives, their odds of success, their grip on reality. And when it comes living a writer’s life, all that second guessing gets amplified.
We’ve talked about this before –what exactly makes someone a writer? In my (very) humble opinion, a writer is someone who writes. I agree with folks like Julia Cameron, Anne Lamott and Natalie Goldberg: if you want to be a writer, just write.
“The minute you start writing,” says Cameron in The Right to Write, “your odds of being a writer start to run one hundred percent more in your favor.”
But I understand the need for validation. I understand that just whispering, “I’m a writer” is not enough to make you feel legitimate. Perhaps you feel like you’ll finally be a writer once you get published or once you get a paycheck. Maybe you’ll need a byline or an award to make you feel official. Those things can happen, will happen – but you’ve got to keep writing to manifest those destinies and desires.
“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it – for action has magic grace and power in it,” advised Goethe.
Need more inspiration?
“Concercning all acts of initiative or creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans,” declared William Hutchinson Murray, mountain climber and flouter of odds,” that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.”
Here’s my own personal favorite, “take the first step, and the universe will take the next thousand for you.” ( can’t remember where I first heard that saying, and for once Google has failed me – so my apologies to whomever coined this pithy piece of wisdom).
The point is – cultivate some hope and some assurance. Believe in yourself and then make it happen. Try to remember that hope alone will get you nowhere – you must do the thing you want to do, live the life you want to have, and write if you want to be a writer!
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