Today's challenge was to make the declaration, "I am a writer." So, here it is:
I am a writer!
Want to have a little fun with me? You'll notice the title of the challenge is "15 Habits of Great Writers." Well, one of my habits when I write is research. I like definitions and examples. What exactly IS a writer? I went straight to my trusty dictionary. Yup - the hard cover one with loads and loads of pages inside. It smells like the books in the library my mom used to take me to when I was little.
I sort of didn't like that the definition for writer was sandwiched between
write-off , writer's cramp, and writhe.
But, hey, it comes with the territory, right?
Next stop in my research was the scrapbook my mom made for me several years ago. In it I found some of my early work.
Circa 1965. Guess I would have been about 4 and a half at the time.
There was a piece of fiction....
...and poetry, which made up a large part of my writing. This piece I remember distinctly because my fifth grade teacher hung it on the bulletin board outside our classroom door. Misspellings and all. Such an honor! (This occurred in a era when you could talk about Jesus in public school without getting into trouble.)
As I grew and continued writing, my teachers encouraged me.
To this date I have written and written and written. I have boxes of journals and scores of poems. There were the two "novels" I wrote in junior high on Big Chief tablets, my way of expressing the secret crush I had on a boy who shall remain nameless. The only people I let read them were my favorite English teacher and a couple best friends. I've written lyrics, Bible studies, scripts, devotions, stories, articles, letters.
Just like the rest of you who, like me, are writers.
We are writers.