I have written since I was a little kid. All the time. If I don’t write daily, I feel mentally and emotionally constipated.
But saying or even thinking “I am a writer” is scary.
For a while, while denying that I am a writer – I explored photography, and I do love to take pictures. But mainly with my iphone.
A lot of photographers say “I will have succeeded when the picture I take is the one in my head”.
I couldn’t relate to that. While sometimes I think in images, recreating the image isn’t something I strive to do. I don’t know enough about photography to imagine a picture in my head and then bring it into existence.
I look at a picture I took and say “Ooo, that is a cool picture”.
But when I am writing, this thought goes through my mind ALL THE TIME.
“UGH, if that only sounded the way it did in my head”
Meaning, I want my writing to convey the feelings, the images I make with the words in my head. I want to be able to transport a reader to what I see in my head. And I’m not there yet.
I am not alone.
William Faulkner said this:
“All of us failed to match our dream of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. In my opinion, if I could write all my work again, I am convinced that I would do it better, which is the healthiest condition for an artist. That’s why he keeps on working, trying again; he believes each time that this is the time he will do it, bring it off. Of course he won’t, which is why this condition is healthy. Once he did it, once he matched the work to the image, the dream, nothing would remain but to cut his throat, jump off the other side of that pinnacle of perfection into suicide.”
That is why perfection is useless. We won’t get it. And waiting to achieve it without taking action, without developing your gift is just a waste.
Back to the day I realized I was a writer. . .
I realized that I think about writing the way photographers think about their photographs. I am a writer.
What do YOU want to show people? It might not be writing. Or photography.
What did you LOVE when you were a kid? What did you dream of?
I dreamt of novels, books, business, and traveling. And of course being Nancy Drew.
It is creating an amazing dish?
That it tastes as good as you imagine it could?
The most amazing customer experience at your Bed & Breakfast?
The customer comment cards reflect the vision you have for your oasis?
The world’s best water bottle?
The appearance of which inspires people to drink more water?
Whatever it is. Start now.