Well friends, we’ve come to the end of the line. I only have one more thing to talk to you about, when it comes to things writers do. One more thing, that happens to be the most important thing of them all. It’s the thing that it all boils down to, and the thing that really keeps us going, when it comes right down to it. It’s the part that matters, the part that we cannot overlook and cannot allow ourselves to ever forget.
What is it, you ask?
You wouldn’t stop being a writer for anything in the world, because, hey, you get to create worlds
For me, personally, I cannot even imagine not writing. Even now, when I’m finding it hard to make time to keep writing, to keep constantly writing even while I’m in the midst of two editing projects and about to start on a third, I cannot imagine what I would be if I wasn’t writing my own book.
It’s been less than a decade since I started writing in earnest, but these past eight years have been the time in which I’ve really come into my own. I’ve learned more about myself since I’ve been writing than I learned in the many years prior.
I know who I am, because I know what I write.
And yes, I now spend a mass of time editing and far less time sitting down at my computer to write, but you know what? If I was given the chance to edit full time and never write again, I wouldn’t take it. I can’t not write. I can’t even imagine not writing.
Writing is my passion, it’s the passion of every writer out there. It’s the thing we do, the release that helps us the most, the way that we get from point A to point B in our heads. It’s what we do, whether we like it right now or not.
When we’re not writing, we’re not creating.
When we’re not writing, we’re probably not thinking clearly.
When we’re not writing, well, we’re not writers.
It’s a hard life. We all know that, and we knew it when we jumped in, from the very start. Our own friends warned us that this was going to be hard, they asked us if we were ever going to make it, because the market is so saturated. They told us that it wasn’t worth it, because we’d never make anything of it in the end.
But for some of us, that’s not the part that matters. The part that matters is that we’re writing, that we’re out there, and that we’re never going to give up on it.
We’re creating people, we’re making new worlds that no one has ever dreamed of before, and we’re forming a story out of our own heads—a story that we believe needs to be told.
That’s what we are, and that’s what we do.
We write because we must write, and we never stop. We wouldn’t even be willing to stop. Many of us wouldn’t even consider stopping.
Why would we, when we so love what we do?
p.s. Be sure to stop in next week to find out what our August series is! It’s a good one!