Writer’s Faith

Don't bother me, I'm busy "writing"

Don’t bother me, I’m busy “writing”

I realize this is going to sound like a “duh” revelation, but I gotta admit that writing a blog everyday, fine, attempting to write a blog every day has made me a much better writer. I mean, I’m still no Stephan King, and I’m not even sure I’ve exactly discovered what my “voice” is yet, but I’m a lot better at actually putting words on a page. Occasionally they are even meaningful.

Writing is one of those things, like running, that is easy to learn and hard to master. And it’s not because the skills involved in writing are complex or difficult. Once you’ve mastered “subject + predicate= sentence” you’re a writer. Just because you graduate to “Prepositional statement+subject+subordinate clause+transitive verb+indirect object= sentence” does not make you a significantly better writer (although props to you if you can actually identify all those parts of a sentence… I needed to look them up in wikipedia to make sure I was remembering them correctly.)

The thing I’m learning about writing is that it isn’t about getting more tools as much as it is about molding the tools that you have to fit your needs. It’s like having a crusty old chef’s knife that doesn’t hold an edge but, by jingo, it fits in your hand like it’s part of your body.

The thing that I’ve discovered about making the effort to write every day is that even when my daily posts are mush-mouthed, self-important, trifling nonsense I have spent twenty minutes considering how to string together words to get a point across. The result of this is that I am a lot better about not over thinking my writing when I’m working on something important: I can sit down to write a five page paper on a deadline and not feel the blind panic of writer’s block as I stare at a blank screen. The best writing advice I ever read was “Write as much as you can, as fast as you can, and try very hard not to suck”. It’s advice that I have taken to heart. My words may not always be brilliant, but I can have faith that they will be there. They might even be kinda good.

So while I still consider myself a “person who writes” I am edified to know that I might someday be able to think of myself as “a writer”.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on November 13, 2013.

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