F**k it! I’m a Writer.

quill pen and parchmentI just read a wonderful blog post by Darius Foroux on Why A Daily Writing Habit Improves Your Life.  I ripped the headline from a quote in his blog.  It pithly summarizes why most of us write.  (As we already collectively know, being a writer is not the equivalent of being published.)

I have wanted to be a writer since I wrote a story in fourth grade about a girl in Gettysburg during the Civil War. It was based roughly on the story of Emmeline by Elsie Singmaster.  I always enjoyed highschool and college writing courses.  Termpapers were not a moment of dread and I mastered the art of writing a term paper in the 24 hours before it was due.  (I usually got an A on research and a C on typing, if the instructor  divided the grades out.  My research skills were always much stronger than my typing ability. For those of us old enough to remember actually typing a termpaper, it was much harder before wordprocessing, but at least the errors were ours and not autocorrect’s.)

When I ran a post library, my writing skills were further tested by writing letters in response to the base ‘tell us how we are doing’ campaign.   The formula was to thank the person for taking the time to write, address the issue, and apologize for any possible inconvenience that might have ensued.

This blog ensures that I write something most days.  It gives me the immediate gratification of hitting the publish button.   It also provides a gateway to read many other wonderful, creative, thoughtful blogs. (If there are three words that are overused in the early 21st century, they are awesome, amazing, and epic.)

Why do you write?

10 thoughts on “F**k it! I’m a Writer.”

  1. I learned how to type on a manual typewriter so I remember how hard it was to type once upon a time! I don’t write every day, but I go through fits and starts. At the moment I’m on a roll, I’ve written nearly four short stories in a couple of weeks – no doubt that will settle down after a while, but it does remind me how I love to get caught up in that flow of writing.

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  2. When you are in the zone, it is a marvelous feeling. I recently read a quote that said “Write the first draft with your heart. Write the subsequent drafts with your head.”


  3. Hello Writer!

    I write because the words tear up my insides if I don’t get them out.

    Remember how if you got to typing too fast-inaccurate that the little letter arms would swing up and get tangled? And the White Out, what a mess. And if you ran out of ribbon late at night when the stores were closed you’d have to rewind the ribbon with your fingers and get ink all over them, and the second time through on the ribbon was never as clear and dark as the first time. Lord help you if you had to haul the heavy thing anywhere. At yet, I miss typewriters. They were great fun.

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  4. I just like to tell (and write) stories! I remember typing out stories on an old Remington typewriter we had as a young boy. I think it was originally my grandparent’s. I don’t remember anyone one reading them except my mother, but that’s okay. It was great fun then … and it is great fun now!

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    1. I took my Dad’s Remington to college. I was lucky to have it. I had an electric typewriter for my first masters and a computer for my second masters. Not sure the writing got any better, but the corrections certainly did. Glad you still enjoy writing.

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  5. I’ve heard typewriters are a thing again, with young people who think they’re cool. I doubt they’ll ever make a real comeback, though. Inky ribbons, erasers that tear holes in the paper, goopy whiteout — who needs that? As for writing, I guess I’ve done that just about my whole life. I kept a daily journal for decades — until I started “really” writing, i.e. novels. And you’re right — blogs certainly give us a reason to write. The writing has to be of decent quality too, since it’s open to all.

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  6. Hey there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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