I recently changed a few bullet points under the “about me” category.
First: “recent college graduate” transformed to “graduate student in creative writing.” Yes, you read that right! I’ll be heading back to school in the fall, and I am thrilled to continue my education. Who knows? Perhaps a doctorate is in my [distant] future?
I like school, okay? Let me stay forever.
Second: I changed “aspiring writer” to simply read “writer.”
Because I realized something.
I don’t have to wait until I’m a “grown-up” to fully realize my “grown-up” dream. And heck, I am a grown-up! Painfully so. I’ll be 24 in less than a month, and that’s scary. And kind of cool. But mostly terrifying.
You see, reader, I’m a writer because I write. I am not published in the sense that I have novels under my belt, but I write. A lot. At least I try to.
I do have a few articles published in a local magazine, and that’s cool. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to a wonderful publication. But I still have a hard time considering myself a full-fledged writer.
But I am. And now that I’m realizing it, I’m so excited about my future and all the possibilities yet to be.
I write stories before bed! Fiction! And I love doing it! I’m using exclamation points because I think I found what I love to do! Making up stories to fill our dark little world with hero[ines] and characters that came to be because I used my brain muscles and created them out of nothing!
Now, yes, eventually I’d like to be semi-successful in this writing endeavor. But I can’t become successful or good at anything without a little elbow grease and a whole lot of doing.
And the doing–the writing, the doing the writing–makes me a writer. It’s the same concept as running. I’m currently training for a half marathon, and the act of running makes me a runner.
I’m slow as dirt, and it’s hard to wake up early before work to “pound the pavement.” (That’s runner’s speak.) But I run, so I am a runner.
I’m a writer, I’m a runner, I’m a dreamer. And I love and cherish all of those titles.
Have a magical day, my friends.