Taking Writing Seriously

Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to be a writer. In elementary school, I was quite prolific, sending manuscripts to be “published” week after week. (Publishing included being kindly typed up and bound by volunteer mothers). I’ve always been honest to others about my dream to be a writer. And yet sometimes, I approach it as my unrealistic dream or my end goal. Why should it be something unrealistic? I’m young, yes. But plenty of writers are young. There are better writers than me and there always will be—just as there are worse writers than me and always will be.

I’ve recently made an effort to look at writing and my goal more seriously. Not in the sense that I don’t have fun with it—in fact I’ve been taking more risks and trying new things of late—but in the sense that I’m letting myself acknowledge that it is a real goal. It isn’t just a far off dream but instead something I can actively work towards. I’m dabbling in freelance writing (as in endless submissions and waiting for responses) as well as spending more time working on my fiction.

In a previous creative writing course, my classmates, professor and I had a discussion regarding the label of writer. When can you officially call yourself one? Is it when you start pursuing publication? Once you’ve had something published? Once you’ve had multiple things published? The debate jumped around but a large consensus seemed to agree that you were a writer when you called yourself a writer, when you acknowledged it, not society or anyone else. A big part of that, at least for me, is letting go of the fear that comes with making such a proclamation. There have been all kinds of studies that say other people won’t take your dreams seriously until you do. So this is it, my acknowledgment that my dreams are serious, that failure might be a distinct possibility but then again so is success, and at the end of the day the fact remains:  I am a writer.

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  • http://www.smilesnapsparkle.com/ Matea

    Just keep on writing, don’t think about what someone else might say or think, don’t compare yourself to others because we’re all so different (plus comparison always kills creativity, at least for me) and go make that dream happen! 🙂

    http://www.smilesnapsparkle.com

    • http://www.writethroughlife.com Amber Hunter

      Haha that’s pretty much the plan–just keep on writing! And I know the woes of comparison. It’s hard not to do it sometimes but it really is one of the worst things you can do to yourself in terms of motivation/feeling proud of your own work.

  • http://www.chloewitty.com/ Chloe Witty

    Never compare you beginnings to someone’s end, keep going!

    http://www.chloewitty.com

    • http://www.writethroughlife.com Amber Hunter

      Thanks Chloe 🙂

  • http://www.thevelvetblack.co.uk/ Alice Young

    I think once you start acknowledge that your dreams are actually obtainable goals, you’re much more likely to reach them. I love the story of your mum publishing your stories for you, how cute!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  • The Sunday Mode

    I remember walking in a shopping centre and overhearing a mum telling her very little boy, ” just trust me you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble if you just don’t compare yourself to others,” of course you could see it went straight over his head, if only lessons in life were that easy to learn 🙂

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au