Well, I was reading some quotes recently and the thing that kept coming up was how a writer can’t not write. It just doesn’t happen.
I got a little concerned.
Not so concerned that I questioned whether or not I’m a real writer, but enough so that I wondered if I was messing with my talent by not living up to consistent writing.
I got to thinking.
I haven’t worked on my manuscript in over 4 months.
I haven’t written in over 4 months – what kind of writer am I?
But nobody said I had to work on my manuscript to be writing. Now did they?
I have been writing. Almost every single day.
I’ve been writing blog posts (though most of those don’t see the light of day) and journaling like a madwoman. The journaling is to keep myself sane but I’m surprised by how much its helping me open up to myself.
So see – all those quotes are right. I can’t not write. I’ve needed it in one way or another.
I had a case of black and white thinking. All or nothing.
Either I was going full out writer mode and working full tilt on my manuscript every day for hours – or I wasn’t doing anything.
Those were the only two labels my brain knew how to formulate.
Seeing in black or white (all or nothing thinking) isn’t realistic or helpful. It’s harmful. And it keeps me beating myself up. Glad I noticed it. Now I can knock it off!
I’d like to start doing some creative writing though. I feel that itch. Okay, so its more than an itch – its like an ogre with a battering ram inside my bones, chest cavity, head, and heart.
But I’m not ready to work on my manuscript. Why?
Because I’m still working on myself. I can’t write authentically if I can’t even live in my own skin authentically.
What could help me move this along?
Oh, I don’t know.
Journaling and blogging aren’t my only options. I can free write, write short stories, do whatever I want for creative writing. I don’t have to work on my manuscript until I’m ready.
That doesn’t mean I can’t write.
I’m a writer.
And writers write.
What do you consider writing consistently?
Do you journal?
Write short stories?
Compile and rework research?
What exactly do you consider to be the meaning of “writer’s write”?
Are you ever a victim of all or nothing thinking in any area of your life?