Developing an Identity as A Writer
November 30th, 2009
Do you identify yourself as a writer? Part of me intuitively knew
from a very early age that I would become a writer. When I was an
adolescent, I loved to just sit quietly and write in my journal every
day. On weekends, I used to write in my journal for hours at a time.
And the activity made me feel peaceful.
As I was growing up, I really enjoyed writing essays for English,
Science, History, Geography and Religion. I just loved to write. That
just about spoofed out all of my friends because they hated to write
formal essays or to work on written projects.
As time went on, I knew more and more clearly that I would
become a writer later on in life. When people would ask me what I
wanted to do when I grew up, I would tell everyone that I wanted to
become a writer and a teacher when I grew up. People laughed at me
at first until they learned that I was applying to go to University.
And I was right about my vocation from the time of my
adolescence. I did become a teacher and a writer. And I have been
really grateful for those two vocations. I have been really happy and
content in my life because of my two vocations.
But some people aren’t as lucky. It takes them quite a bit of time
to identify as a writer. Is it easier for writers to write when they
identify themselves as a writer? I think it does in the following ways.
First, when you identify yourself as a writer, you will write on a
consistent basis. Part of you will always want to write and the days
that you don’t write, you will feel out of place and unhappy. For
myself, there is always an inner stirring or a restlessness when I don’t
write. And that propels me to write.
Second, if you identify yourself as a writer, you will be moved to
write. In other words, when you identify yourself as a writer, you
will be motivated to write. Its like writing will be inside of you and
you will always be working on some writing in order to feel
complete as a person. This is because writing makes you be who you
are. Writing defines you and absolutely makes you feel like the best
possible person that you could be. And that is the best thing about
writing. The feeling of self-worth that you feel as a result of writing.
I, for one, believe that writing is the best vocation in the world. It
gives me so much peace, contentment, and happiness. I only wish
that I could pass on that positive feeling to all of my fellow writers
who are reading this blog today.