It’s Tuesday, time for Slice of Life with Two Writing Teachers. Thanks to Anna, Beth, Betsy, Dana, Stacey and Tara for growing and supporting this community of writers. Without this, I would not be asking myself, What kind of writer am I?
This question has been asked and answered by many slicers.
And, I’ve read your posts thinking, yes, me too! I need to do this! Then something would get in the way. I’m an in-the-moment writer. It’s hard for me to hold ideas for later. I love to write what’s top of mind, right now.
And, I’ve been hesitant to answer because I’m not sure. Perhaps, I’ll give it a try, today knowing that I’m a writer who deals with confusion by writing.
Just saying this makes me worry, what will people think, because I’m a writer who worries. I’m a writer who worries that I keep saying the same thing over and over again, that I have nothing worth saying, that it doesn’t make sense. I’m a writer who says what I think and then worries about it.
I’m a writer who seeks writing as a refuge. In the early morning hours when no one is up, a cup of coffee beside me, or late at night with no one around, no distractions. Part of this need for aloneness is because I’m a writer who wouldn’t want anyone to think I think I’m a writer. It’s just me working. On my computer. On something, Nevermind, it’s nothing. Just work.
I’m a writer who grew up with a “real” published author, which makes me question myself as a writer.
I’m a writer who has an internal dialogue, a stream of theories, arguments, and counterarguments that surface whenever there is quiet. I’m a writer who wakes up in the middle of the night because I’m writing in my head. Writing is a place for the voice in my head to come to temporary conclusions and next steps.
I’m a writer who loves the brevity of poetry yet struggles to shorten sentences.
I’m a writer who finds structure, meaning and everything worth keeping in revision. I’m a meandering writer. One that swirls around in places that often end up going nowhere,
I’m a writer who loves the neatness of a circular structure. I’m a writer who starts in the middle. I’m not sure of the beginning till the end.
What kind of writer am I? I’m a writer who is looking for my best self in writing with hopes that some of it will find its way into my daily interactions.