I’m also a teacher, which is an entirely different set of superpowers, but today we’re talking about writing… because that’s what we do on Wednesdays. Not to be confused with that other Wednesday tradition from that one movie:
This Wednesday, I want to talk about what it means to be a writer.
First of all, I want to thank my friend, Tabitha Barret (the author who explained why we crave romance stories), for giving me a couple of different opportunities lately. Not only has she asked me to write a guest post on her site, but she also invited me to help name a few characters in her latest book.
Now, she didn’t exactly invite just me, in fact, there were quite a few of us as it was a contest of sorts to name the character. But, she did take part of the name I’d suggested for the main character, the character she originally asked help in naming. She also took my suggestion about alliteration, which (if you’ve been following along on Wednesdays) you might know is very important to me.
Between all the support from her, and the recent news that some of my poetry will be published in an actual anthology, I feel a bit like a Literary Wonder Woman.
And I want to explore that before my powers wear off…you know, in case they’re just temporary or something.
So what is a writer? What makes them special?
A writer is someone who can stare at a blank page and conquer it, filling it with strange marks and give it more meaning than it had before.
A writer takes nothing and turns it into something by spilling their imagination out, pulling imagery and feelings from the deepest, darkest reaches of their mind and letting them out into the sunlight to grow and flourish.
A writer can make you feel love and hatred for imaginary people and places, filling you with warmth at the success of someone who was never born, and grieving the death of someone who can never truly die.
A writer uses ink to breathe life into impossible things. Alice tells us to think no less than 6 impossible things before breakfast. She tells us this because Lewis Carroll made her, made her tell us and made her. (Though Tim Burton and Mia Wasikowska made her more real in the most recent incarnation of Alice.)
A writer sees patterns in things as insignificant as the clouds, and stories emerge from interactions between strangers in a crowded restaurant.
A writer is a student of human interactions and motivations, studying every facial expression and vocal tone change to use for a character at a later date. Every meeting, every date, every fight becomes the soil where new stories can grow.
A writer can take a seemingly meaningless story and hide serious messages and lessons that can change the way a reader sees the world.
A writer is a magician, a healer, a mad scientist, a lover, a mother, a murderer.
A writer is rarely truly alone, but rather constantly surrounded by their own characters swirling around in their mind, waiting for their time on the page.
I am a writer.
But what is a writer to you? Who are you as a writer?
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