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It wasn't easy climbing out of that rabbit hole. My pants got so muddy I had to wash them before putting them on again. The rabbits around here have been looking at me funny, too, almost like they're annoyed with me. (Sorry, guys.)

I've thought occasionally about trying to use my journal for fiction writing, or maybe even setting up one that's for fiction only. But I'm so not writing fiction these days, or songs, or anything but memos at work, it seems. I don't really need to set myself up for another helping of guilt, do I?

I forget who said it, but there's an observation that says that a lot of people want to be writers, but what they really want is to have written. I hate to think that applies to me, but perhaps it does. Ok, of course I'm a writer; after all, this post isn't making itself up, nor do all those memos. I guess I've always defined "being a writer" as something more specific, as "writing stories or novels, or equivalent non-fiction forms, with the hope if not the expectation of publishing them." It would probably be more encouraging to shorten the definition to something more basic, like "a writer is one who writes." THAT, I can do.

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vaneramos
Jan. 28th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
what they really want is to have written.

That's not such a bad motivation. Another way of putting it is that writers are people who find satisfaction in creating something out of words. I certainly do. But I can find a hundred excuses for not writing at any given moment. It has served me well to set aside time every day to fill a few pages of a notebook. I derive many benefits from this, but one of the best is that no matter what state of mind I'm in, I usually manage to give myself the satisfaction of having written something. The quality is not important. The process is essential.
songdogmi
Jan. 30th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
That's true, it's quite the feeling to look at something after you've written it. I guess I was thinking of all the folks who say they want to write, but don't get started. One must write to be a writer—that's really the only requirement, but it's one a lot of us don't seem to fulfill. If we remembered what it did for us to write something, more of us would stop procrastinating on it.

Setting aside the time is a good thing. My hat is off to you for doing that.
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