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