A Writer Writes

on January 19, 2010

I love to write.  I love to see how the words will pour out of my fingers onto a blank screen or blank page in a new notebook.  I want to be a writer – and to quote some famous guy whose name I don’t remember “Our doubts are traitors”.   I do doubt!   When I hear myself say “I want to be a writer” within an instant I hear a reply “Ha! You don’t even have a degree . . . writers have degrees” followed quickly by “you have friends that are incredible writers and believe me – you are not one of them.”

So – I’m not a writer!  But I still write in my journal every day like I have since I was 14.  I blog.  On occasion I have penned a sarcastic mocking romantic short story.  I also  have a separate notebook that is like a journal but mostly just lets me work out my crazy head on paper.  So I do write — but still — I cannot say I am a writer.

I have decided that this year, whether I am a writer or not, I love the process and want to write more.  It’s a good time to go back to some of the basics and work again on the kind of writing I like to do (found in the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.)  She suggests “writing practice” and timed writings and giving yourself permission to write crap.  Feeling confident in this part (the writing crap part,) besides my daily journal I am also spending some time each day doing free writing.  It feels good.  It’s like the feeling I get in those dreams when I can fly.  I love it.  And guess what? — It’s crap!

Last week I came across a book at Barnes and Noble called Room to Write by Bonni Goldberg.  Each page has a topic to write on — a jumping off point for writing practice.  I know there are plenty of websites that do the same thing – but something caught my attention in the forward of the book.

It starts off with this “What makes someone a writer?  Writers write!”  With this one question and answer – my doubts packed up their little bags and left – at least for now.  Because it doesn’t matter what I’m not and it doesn’t matter how good someone else is — as she says further down on that first page “the most important action you can take is to show up on the page.”

So there you go – I’m a writer after all — because writers write!

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4 responses to “A Writer Writes

  1. Tiffany says:

    You are a writer! Never forget it!

  2. Laurel says:

    DeAnn Hansen = writer.

    deal with it.

  3. DeeAnn says:

    I have never doubted that not only are you a writer, but that you are a DARN good one. Tell that little voice in your head to go take a hike and keep on writing! I look at your blog almost daily waiting for the next installment. There are a lot of writers out there that cannot keep me with my tongue hanging out like that!!!!!!!

    Be sure to bring your “writing gear” with you when you come. The beach is an awesome thinking and dreaming and FOR YOU writing place.

    Love you to death!

  4. Jamie says:

    Hi! My name is Jamie and I came across your blog when I was googleing something. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and was debating whether or not to say something, but I figured I would when I read this one. You are a writer (even when the doubts come back). See, one of your earlier blogs insinuated you like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen didn’t have a degree. So why need a piece of paper to tell you that you can put something on a piece of paper? (That’s a bit more blunt than I’d usually write someone who has no idea who I am but reading parts of your blog was like a mirror image of me so it feels a little more natural. Hope that doesn’t offend. Sorry if it does.) Have a good day!

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