Friday, January 21, 2011

Writing is NOT All I Know

I have never been a blogger. The urge to write in a non-fiction format never even crossed my mind, until today. I read on a social forum that one writer wrote because "it is all I know how to do". It's not the first time I've heard a writer express this feeling about writing. But, today, it hit me how self defeating this idea can be.

Writing isn't all I know how to do and it isn't the only thing I do. Yes, I have a passion for it. Yes, I take it seriously. Yes, I would like it to one day be my full time job. But the only thing I know how to do? Hardly.

I wear many hats. I'm an academic, a reader, an administrator, a teacher, a martial artist, a friend, a sister, a wife, a Buddhist, an animal activist, a traveller, and the list goes on and on. I know how to do many things. I've met many people and learned from many experiences.

Writing is not all I know how to do. It is, however, the one thing I cannot stop doing. I am defined in a hundred different ways, but the title of writer is one of the most important. I may lose some other defining attributes along the way. For example when I was ten I desperately wanted to be a dolphin trainer. I didn't quite aspire to that career field. My interests changed over the years. Yet, writer, from the time I wrote my first poem at six years old has always been a part of the many names, descriptions, and ways that defines me.

So, dear reader, it is perfectly acceptable to know more, to be defined in different ways. It does not lessen the value of writing or anything that you do.

My question for the day, what defines you?


  1. I agree 100%. I always believed in striving to be a well-rounded person. You have thave other interests and pretty much everyone wears a number of "hats" in life. These interests and these "hats" is what makes you a better writer, what feeds your writing. I strongly believe that your experiences is what makes your writing richer and help you to connect with your readers.
    Now to answer your question. I define myself as a writer (of course), wife, daughter, sister, friend, martial artist, animal lover, traveler, and an eternal student of life.

  2. along these lines, how can you pull for fiction if you have no life experiences? you have to get out there and live - outside of the computer.

    as for question about what defines me? my first response wants to be a writer. But I'm also a wife to the love of my life. that there, even trumps writing :)