The Key Stages of Discovering You Were Put on This Earth to Write Stuff! #Writer #Writing #MondayBlogs

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Oprah Winfrey once said:

“We’re all called. If you’re here breathing, you have a contribution to make to our human community. The real work of your life is to figure out your function–your part in the whole–as soon as possible, and then get about the business of fulfilling it as only you can.”

This post is dedicated to all of us who, at some stage in our lives, discovered we do have a contribution to make to our human community and that is – to write stuff!

We woke up one morning and realised we were not being called to make music, to dance, to race around an athletic track, to score goals at the Football World Cup, to design beautiful clothes or to create jaw dropping sculptures. Nope, we were being called to write…stuff!

After a lot of soul-searching we came to the conclusion that our life purpose was to fill the world with our wonderful stories.

This realisation can occur at any age. It can be acted upon or ignored for many years.

Here are the key stages of discovering you were put on this planet to write stuff:

  • Strange behaviour. People will have been telling you for years that you are wordy. Relatives and friends will constantly bring up all those strange stories you used to write as a child. You will devour books at an eye watering speed, your idea of doodling will be to scribble a basic plot premise and there will be some imaginary people already living inside your head.
  • Denial. We all go through this stage. You will try to bury your creative thoughts at the back of your mind and deny that you are a writer. However whilst busy telling everyone you are not a writer, you will find yourself drawn to blank sheets of paper, notebooks, writing long and elaborate messages in birthday, Christmas, Sympathy and Valentines cards, looking at the book charts, wearing tweed clothing, starting a secret blog and drinking vats of coffee.
  • Doing it in secret. This is the stage where you give in to those creative urges and you find yourself writing in secret. When loved ones are not looking you will sneak upstairs and hammer out a few hundred words. The voices in your head will be getting louder, however you won’t be able to bring yourself to admit to everyone that you are a writer. Instead you will write in secret and purchase some tweed outfits, which you will stash under your bed.
  • Finding others like you. Whilst living a lie you will find yourself wanting to make contact with others who write. During this stage you will reach out to other writers on blogs, via Twitter and in coffee shops. Meeting another writer for the first time will be a powerful experience. You can expect a lot of staring on your part, a lot of social media stalking and a huge emotional outpouring. Expect to gush phrases like “oh my goodness you are….just like me!” and “do the voices in your head talk to you in the shower too?”
  • Coming out. After doing a lot of research on coming out as a writer, you will finally pluck up the courage to tell your loved one. It will not be as bad as you think. Your loved one will grunt and carry on watching the sport on TV.  You are now a writer. Cue the pride and strong feelings of elation. You will race upstairs and retrieve all the items of clothing from under your bed. Squealing with literary excitement you will throw on a beret and a tweed waistcoat to get you in the writer mood and go scribble a hundred words.
  • Realisation. With a few stories under your belt you will wake up one day with a smile. The penny will have finally dropped. You were put on this earth to write stuff. The first draft of your steamy space romance series is your contribution to your human community and here’s the best bit – it won’t matter whether only a handful or a few thousand read it because by writing you are fulfilling your part! So, stand up and shout out, “I was put on this planet to write!”

If you have not yet made this shocking discovery about yourself, don’t worry it will happen.

Just keep writing x

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25 thoughts on “The Key Stages of Discovering You Were Put on This Earth to Write Stuff! #Writer #Writing #MondayBlogs

  1. It’s half past five in the morning and I am reading this but I laughed out loud at the tweed outfit stashing. I have much to learn haha. Loved this piece.

  2. I have no tweed. There, I’ve said it! I feel so free… I do have rather a lot of cotton and linen…I’m not a polyester or acrylic kind of gal.
    Thanks for this lovely post. It was a really tough thing for me to acknowledge to myself that i was a writer. I was discourage by so many people, not just myself, int he early years and in fact didn’t write for a long long while. Those years were bleak and soulless. I burned all my work and went into a long depression. Then one day I just suddenly had this sense of ‘F@@k the lot of them, I need to do this, i CAN do this,’ and I began again. But i wrote in secret, and even when i began to acknowledge what I did, it was always with an apology and a comment along the lines of, ‘I’m not any good, it’s just for fun.’ But I got better, became more confident, and when it suddenly seemed like a viable choice to be self-published, I did it – in fear and trepidation. And the first few years were tough, and again, riddled with self-doubt. People – people whose opinions mattered to me – said I was wasting my time, they asked me what made me think that I, of all people, could be a writer, they said I wasn’t any good. My mother said ‘That’s not really writing, that’s just vanity publishing,’ and now she has dementia, and I’m not able to tell her, I now make more money from my writing than I ever made in my ‘real’ job, and I am finally, unashamedly, whole-heartedly able to tell people, ‘oh yes, i AM a writer, i’m actually quite good, you should try my books.’
    I just wish I hadn’t waited until I was in my fifties to do it.

    1. This is very similar to my journey. I decided on my 40th to write but battled for a few years against other people’s views. I wish I had more confidence but I am working on that. What I do know is that I was called to write.

  3. I think it’s natural as creative people to want to keep our writing hidden until we can prove it’s viable (evidence includes publications and a six-figure deal after a huge bidding war!), but the catch-22 is you can’t get better until you let someone else read it and give you feedback. My breakthrough wasn’t letting others read my stuff or even the blog. It was last year declaring myself a writer on my taxes under occupation. And that made it so much easier to say it to other people.
    And if I had tweed, I’d never hide it!

  4. You’ve got it perfectly. 😀 It’s taken me a while to tell other non-family humans that I am a writer, but (thankfully) haven’t had much criticism. I still don’t tell anyone my pen name though. :/

  5. Love this post! After working for 7 years, I still haven’t plucked up the courage to come out as a writer lol. Maybe I need to read some more posts about it? But I do feel that I was made to be a writer, and this post definitely made me smile. 🙂

      1. Oooh, I love a challenge! I know it’s the next step in my writing journey, but I’ve just been putting it off for so long! Maybe this is the sign from the universe I need lol

  6. Oh yes, I totally did the whole “Writing in secret” thing for years! Of course that had to change once I needed to start publishing what I was writing. 😛

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