I am a member of the Mastering the 15 Habits of Great Writers workshop. Today is Day 2 and brings with it the word BELIEVE to meditate on. This isn’t your ordinary BELIEVE but an opportunity to believe in myself as a writer, deep down in the very core of my being. That, of course, is where I have the problem.
I can accept the concept that I am a writer (although it is still a little shaky). This workshop has done wonders in encouraging and supporting me in that regard. But the belief part is a little trickier, because it is a leap of faith and involves what defines me. I have dozens of examples of my writing, so it isn’t that.
Here’s the kicker. I have trouble believing in my core being that I am a writer, partly because it comes easily to me. Don’t get me wrong…great writing doesn’t come easily, just writing. I have this very bad habit of discounting anything that requires little effort on my part, and there are a few.
Because of the meditation I have done today, I have come to the conclusion that I am discarding belief in many important aspects of the definitive me: writing, editing, English language, public speaking, being of service, enthusiasm, support, and so on. The things that don’t come easily to me seem to rise to the top as the ones I prize: knitting, cooking, singing, visual arts, dog training, and so on. However, taking a look at the two lists, and pretending that I am not me for a moment, I see that the first list is the one that nurtures me; the second is merely a list of wants.
With that revelation, which just happened today, I believe I can move forward. It’s no good discounting a trait because it comes easily. I should welcome it joyfully because I don’t have to struggle so much to be me.
Fortunately, Jeff Goins, the writer who is facilitating the workshop, has also provided a way to help put my belief into practice. Tomorrow morning, all of us in the workshop need to get up two hours earlier than our usual time and use that time to just write. No checking emails, or wandering off to read blogs, or scanning the news. Just write.
One of the members of the community shared that this reminds him very much of his baseball career, in that practice is what makes the difference between being okay and being great. Out of that, I put together that committing myself to do is believing. How about you?
- E-Book Review: You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins (fantasyfic.wordpress.com)
- 15 Habits of a Great Writer Challenge (rachelleharp.com)
- Book Review – You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins (bookshelfontilt.wordpress.com)
- The Declaration – I AM A WRITER! (apparentlyawriter.wordpress.com)
- Declaration of love – I AM A WRITER! (fantasyfic.wordpress.com)
- 15 Habits of Great Writers (theavalonjournals.wordpress.com)
- Long-liners and Writers: Declare (davidcalves.com)
- What will you declare? (lightandsalvation.wordpress.com)