Intent

Untitled

“Why do you write?”

I know I’ve asked this question of myself and others often. My guess is you have as well.

Each person is by definition a writer, whether they are paid to or not. Putting thoughts on paper or the computer via a typewriter, keyboard or in a notebook says you are. But are you a writer?

There are so many different ways and styles of writing, and so are the reasons that set writers down that path of producing their work. It can speak to millions or just a handful. The intention is always to convey information and thoughts but what that can actually represent is varied. Every year, writers produce a gazillion letters of the alphabet. No lie! And they use the appropriate grammar and punctuation to highlight facts, fiction, statistics, imagery, instructions, emotions, stories, poems, education, research and so much more…

But are you a writer?

It took me years to begin dedicating the majority of my time to it. The activities of daily life – family, home, friends, and job – were my priorities before I fully embraced the notion of becoming a writer for pleasure, and ultimately, for a living. Now it’s just a part of my identity.

And it refuses to let go.

Publishing a book last year, and actually selling books suggests I’m a writer too. So yeah, I’ll call myself a writer now.

I do it because I like everything about it. From beginning to end. Anticipating thoughts, letting them swirl around my head, the sound of my fingers hitting the keys rhythmically, constructing the right lines, and pristinely defining the feelings which bubble up. It’s all so rich and satisfying. And when you feel like it’s some of your best-written work, just wow.

In those still moments, I also want to understand more about myself. Even in times when the climate consists of disturbances around me, I tune them out and tune in to the place in my head where liquid thoughts move freely. Pulling one out after the other, I create a string of coherency and then pound them out on the keyboard. It’s about grasping the feelings and defining the deeper meanings. Writing helps me capture the essence of who I am.

This is why I do it. For myself, for me alone.

But it’s not what motivates me to make it public.

I knew I could pull a sentence together and usually had something good to say. But that never felt creative, just that I knew words. Writing on my blogs as well as others and getting the book to market have been the best ways for me to showcase my creativity. Who knew I had imagination too?!? I certainly didn’t for the longest time. It’s work, effort, emotionally-charged but oh so very fulfilling!

Getting it all out in public translates to being understandable and relatable. The bonus is achieving a palpable peace. Every bit of myself and the writing is intended to come with clarity and honesty. The goal is to put a spotlight on my humanity in whatever way my brain dictates it. Then voila’, each piece of writing becomes a short burst about who I am. I let the tale sell the author.

Making connections with individuals in the writing community is another wonderful perk and motivation to give more. I’ve been thrilled to rub elbows with some fellow writers that have the same intentions. They feel like my people. Their drive to write seems to mirror my journey. I run to them. Especially the ones with their elegant and brilliant style. They just pick up a pen and out comes the magic. It’s as if they easily command the dictionary to do their bidding in an incredibly harmonic way. Being open with my writing, I hope they glance my way. They help guide me to even better expression. And they enrich my life with their skills.

So why do you write?

Advertisements

Big Dreams

Untitled
I Write Her on Patreon

In February, I decided to step into another medium – Patreon. To date, six followers have joined me! Not exactly enough to make a living from but it’s a start! 🙂 Before the ball can really get rolling, it needs a push. And by push, I mean YOU!

I want people (lotsa people!) to enjoy what I put out there into the universe. The comments I get here on I Write Her have been so encouraging. Many of you have consistently sent me messages of delight for the work I’ve published. Thank you so much for that! Your continual support of my writing is thrilling and encouraging. Could you take that praise one step further though?

If you can spare $1, $2 or $3 a month, you’ll be privy to writing that only patrons get to see! You’re special already, but this would be another way to show some additional love and support.

So what do you say? Would you please sign up as a patron? I’d be grateful and so very appreciative!

Peace!

Foundation of Dreams

Untitled

With deliberate intention, the goal was to devour thousands of words. He reveled in the delicious anticipation of cerebral and sentimental fulfillment. Focused and ready for some relevant adscititious information to challenge his brain’s hunger for knowledge and fantasy. The emotions of the poets forcefully laid down impressions on his mind. Hours passed immersed in the stories and written essences of others. It colored him happy. And tired. The eyes slowly closed. All the words turned to dreams of mystical sunsets with a bareback unicorn ride on the beach, hair whipping in the wild wind.

Then he woke up smiling.

 

It’s Official – I Write Her is on Patreon!

logo-patreon

I’m stepping out into the arena of hopefully being able to support myself full-time doing what I love – writing, expressing myself, immersing myself in quality words and experiencing joy in meanings. Would you please consider meeting me there? I’d love to have you in my community.

Click here to become an official cheerleader and supporter!

 

Springboarding

Erfolg

 

My process is to Read, Think and Write. You might say it’s quite simplistic, but you’d be wrong.

The only effortless part of the process is reading. It’s a joy to immerse myself in others’ thoughts, get to know them through their words. And they spur me on towards my musings about things. Their things. They create an interest in me I need to discover further and intensely.

I think diligently. Mull their things over inside my brain and insides. What does it feel like to them, what does it feel like to me? What do I think about that as it presents to the world? Would I do/feel different or do I agree? Does it propel me into taking the next step to evaluate it on paper? Is it a stepping stone, and does it catapult me into furthering my own greatness? These questions, this wrapping myself up in their writing allows me to discover another level of myself.

I am but the person who takes the intentional influence and runs with it. Every thought gives me new reasons to soar with the eagles.

Read… Think… Write…                                                                                                                           That’s living.

And that’s succeeding in my book.