Guess What? I AM A Writer!
edited: Wednesday, May 19, 2004
By Fran Lenzo
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2004
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Sometimes I wonder if I am a writer or just scattering words on a page.....
I am a writer. I keep telling myself that. I even give that “title” to people when they ask me what I do for a living. I tell them I work at home…that I am a writer.
I love to read, and I enjoy writing. I attended a writers conference recently at which one of the speakers said we need to LOVE to write, not LIKE to write. I LOVE to read, yet writing takes on an intermittent life of its own for me. Sometimes I write as if there is no tomorrow, the winds of words tapping on the keyboard and onto the screen. Other times I can go for days without even having an inkling of desire to put a word to screen or paper. Does this mean I am NOT a writer? Or does it mean that I write only when the inspiration hits me?
I’m not like those writers who automatically become constipated if they don’t write something down each day. I sometimes find it difficult to think of a topic about which others might want to read. I often look inside writing magazines for ideas on what my next topic might be. I’ll look at the news, watch a TV program, talk to a friend about something going on in the world, yet many times I am not yet inspired to express my opinion in the written word.
I’ll speak from my heart about my feelings, though I’m not willing at that point to place my thoughts on paper. If I were to do that, what would I then do with the essay? Would my words just flow into the ethers and dissipate like a gentle rain on the land? Would they change the lives of anyone I know or a that of a stranger? If the essay isn’t published, then only those friends and family on whom I inflict my words will have anything to say about it. When I am truly inspired by what I have written and feel the message has merit, I will take time to submit the essay to places I feel may also find it of interest. Once in a while they respond with a “yes,” and I smile. Other times the rejection goes into the “They Know Not What They Know” file and I start again.
There are times when something happens that starts my writing engines full steam. I think about what I want to write. I actually start the sentences in my head, knowing I need to get them down quickly or I might lose my impetus. The words flow easily and fluidly. The first draft is expressed from deep within me. Then I go back and edit away, finding additional words that need to be laid down or those which must be deleted or made grammatically correct.
I never used to feel comfortable using the word “writer” to describe who I am and what I do. I would think of great writers, those who have published many books, and say to myself, “I’ll never be like them…should I continue to spend my time writing?“ Yet, as time goes on, I find “writer” fits me more easily. The more articles and essays I submit to different contests and publications, the more I feel I fit the mold of what a writer does…write. I may never reach the NY Times Top Ten list, I may never see a manuscript of mine picked up by Random House with baited breath knowing it is going to be a sales miracle. Yet, I know, as time passes and the more I write, I am as legitimate as any other writer who is on the top ten list.
Writing comes from my heart, when my heart wants to express such passion. Whoever may read my words will find within a message, a moral, another side, a perspective different then the one they held. My words are valid and my intention is to enlighten. I need to remember this at all times…when I’m in the mood to write and especially when I am not.
For me, writing is sometimes a fluid movement and other times it is a grand struggle. The best part is that after I struggle and read what I’ve written, I smile knowing that I was once again able to express myself. I tell myself to never give up. I don’t have to write every day to feel like a writer. I need to write when what I have to say is so important to me, so filled with passion, that the only avenue of expression I have is to put it on paper.
I LOVE to write….when the passion hits me.
Web Site: Fran Lenzo, Writer & Artist
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|Reviewed by Beth Elaine
|Yes, yes, you are a writer! I am, too, although it's not my top source of income. I'd shrivel up and die if I didn't write. The trick is getting readers--and I bet you're well on your way!|
|Reviewed by Cynthia Borris
You are a writer. Thank you for a realistic view of our job. We don't write 24-7 and we don't always LOVE to write. It's who we are and what we do. It's one of the few professions where we're supposed to be *on* continuously. Go figure. Like anyone else, I enjoy my days off minus the deadlines and the computer. Great article!
A fellow writer,
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|I love to write, too, Fran, and your works always inspire and encourage me! Wonderful job by a talented lady! Very well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D