Born to Write

It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.

American novelist, short story writer, journalist, and Nobel Prize laureate, Ernest Hemingway, was born on this day in 1899 (died 1961).

Born to be write…or is that wild?

Truth is, I was always meant to be a writer. It came first from a love of reading, then from a love of wanting to express myself through the written word.

If there are regrets in this writing journey it is that until I reached a certain age I always said I wanted to be a writer, not that I was/am a writer.

These days, I call myself a writer, an actor, and an artist.

I’m all three.

I’m also a government drone and a retail supervisor at an amusement park.

Those are things that I do. They are not who I am.

Somehow I wish we could get that message across to our young people.

I mean, I’m glad for those who know by puberty exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Without them, we’d have no doctors or architects, or lawyers…okay so maybe it’s not all good.

But then there are those of us who are a bit interested in everything. I went through three college majors in four years. Music to English to Speech. The last one got to the drama part, but at the time my college didn’t offer drama major.

I was accepted at a different university as an art major.

I graduated with my degree in Speech Communications. The University has changed that to Communications Arts, which sounds a lot better anyway.

I’ve never really worked in my field.

I went from social work (government) to politics to non-profit and back to government.

So, I didn’t spend all of that time writing, or calling myself a writer.

I don’t regret that my professional life took me down a different path. Let me tell you I’ve got some source material. And boxes of files with ideas.

Now that I’m making a concerted effort to make this writing thing work, I’m digging up those old files and mapping out some stories.

There may be two books.

For now, with the approaching weekend and work at the park, I’m struggling to do the re-writes to the script before my first public read-thru in September.

People think writing is easy. Some days it is.

That doesn’t mean that it’s good.

Sure I work to better my craft, to become a better writer.

But word-putting-togethering was what I was meant to do.

And, I’m doing it.


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