A Letter to the Writer in Me

Dear me,

I know that writing has consumed your mind lately and you can think of nothing else, but please, remember to actually enjoy yourself. I worry you are beginning to take it too seriously. Writing is supposed to be fun and fulfilling, not tedious and frustrating. Remember to take your time and write for yourself first. I know that your readers are important to you but trust me, they would not want you to stress over writing either.

I know that you have been feeling like a fraud. I want you to know that you are in fact a writer. I that because you feel like you have no idea what you are doing, you feel like you have no right to call yourself a writer, but you do. As long as you are writing and putting yourself out there, you are a writer. As long as you are expressing yourself genuinely and authentically you are a writer. As long as you keep your passion and never forget the way writing makes feel, you are a writer.

I want you to know I am proud of you and you are doing a good job. I know right now it seems like everything you type is crap but it’s really not. You are new to this and it takes time to get better. Remember to strive for progress, not perfection. It will be a long time before you see perfection, and maybe it will never feel like perfection, but you will always feel progress. Just keep pushing forward.

Again, remember I am proud of you. It’s not easy to do what you are doing. Never let anyone take that away from you. Never listen to the people who make fun of you or put down your efforts. You are strong and brave, you are intelligent and creative, and you are kind and caring. If all of that doesn’t add up to make you a great writer than I don’t know what does.

Dear Me prompt via The Writer’s Hub, a community blog for the participants odd the September Writing 101 course.

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Lisa

Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

5 thoughts on “A Letter to the Writer in Me”

  1. aw, this was so good! if i could write something as good as this, i wouldn’t have any doubts about becoming a writer ^_^ it also gave me another lil’ boost before nanowrimo – are you taking part?

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    1. Aww thank you! I don’t think I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo BUT I will be participating in NaBloPoMo, the spin off for bloggers. I hope to do NaNoWriMo next year when I have a few more concrete ideas for a book lol

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  2. Your letter showcases your thoughts and insecurities very well. I think that every writer feels this way at one point or another. I have a friend who has been published in several magazines and anthologies yet still doesn’t feel like a writer. More important than calling yourself a writer is writing what you are passionate about. If you are passionate about your writing, others will be as well and then you will have avid readers regardless of if you call yourself a writer. ;)

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