I am a Writer 7/19/2016

I recently attended the kick-off event for a Writers’ Circle at The Purple Ink Cafe led by our own Kathy Kane.  One of the very first things she said was “If you are here, you are a writer.”  

I found this oddly comforting.

I am a writer.

This is not how I would have described myself before.  But I do write.  I write this blog.  I write when I create new courses, website content and even new creativity tools.  

I am a writer.

I don’t need to be a great writer, or even a good writer to write.  It is the practice of writing that creates good writers.  And the Writers’ Circle is an opportunity to hone this skill in a creative and supportive space with other writers.

I found that as I wrote, I could tap into my unconscious thoughts, and ideas began to magically appear.  I was fascinated by how my brain effortlessly transformed my thoughts into hand actions that formed symbols on the page.  Symbols that convey meaning to a reader and bring my ideas to life.

Before this experience, to call myself a writer felt like a stretch, perhaps even pretentious.  But by calling myself a writer, I am not comparing myself to the great authors.  I’m celebrating the courage and the patience of creating a habit and building a writing practice to bare my creative spirit.  It is about trusting a process; a process so seemingly ordinary in our society that it is often taken for granted.

Writing is a truly wonderful outlet for creative expression.  One that I long denied myself because I didn’t think of myself as a writer.

What a wonderful gift to be able to call oneself a writer.  What a wonderful experience being part of a writing circle.

Are you a writer?