I am a Writer

This just came as an epiphany to me, even though it isn’t exactly surprising, given that I actually write for a living at the moment, but I feel like I’ve rediscovered my love for writing lately, even though I haven’t actually written anything for myself (aside from blog entries) in a while.

Quin, a fellow blogger, and I were exchanging emails the other day, and she mentioned that she was planning on writing this weekend, and that reminded me that I’ve always wanted to write a novel but have always been far too intimidated by the idea to actually do anything about it. Her response? “Always do something that scares you.” That certainly applies to me moving to NYC, but not really to anything else, and it pushed me to really think about being more creative this weekend (and, I’m sure, pushed me to buy a drawing pen and pick it up and draw for the first time in God knows how long).

I  drew a chair and then a mug, according to the first exercises in The Creative License, by Danny Gregory (who also wrote/drew Everyday Matters, one of my fave books ever – do yourself a favour and at least flip through it next time you’re at a bookstore), and I loved it. Even though it only took about half an hour, I really enjoyed it, and can’t wait to go home later and draw a table and a person next, even if they come out sucky.

My point is, picking up my pen yesterday reminded me of the things I used to love doing – and did – all the time. Instead of thinking about drawing or writing, I’d just be doing it. It adds a richness to my life that I can’t get from working 6 days a week or partying, because I’m doing it for myself. 

The POA (plan of action) is to now try and actually sit down and plan out a book, or even a short story or several vignettes, to get myself writing. I’m blogging about it so that I can hold myself accountable – if I keep it in my head no one will be like “So how’s that book/the writing coming along?” – and I need to be held accountable. 

I asked Lauren (my sister) earlier, “If I published a book, would you buy it?” 
“Yeah, but you should give it to me.” LOL Actually, Lauren once told me she used to love reading all my unfinished “novels” I wrote as a kid, and I love that. (I love HER!) 

So, there it is. I’m going to write. Just thinking about writing (something more fun and meaningful (to me) than wedding superstitions around the world) has gotten me excited again. 🙂

(Image by Louise Fitzhugh)

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3 Responses

  1. That is the greatest feeling… and I will TOTALLY buy anything you publish! 🙂

  2. I love the book by Danny. You should write a book. I’d buy one.

  3. You are an excellent writer!

    … And you should totally write a letter to your younger self so that my older self can read what you would say to your younger self. It’s only fair since your older self has already read what my older self would say to my younger self.

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