So You Want to Be a Writer, Huh?
Part One: “What Is Your Why?”
Why Do You Do The Things You Do?
For as long as I can remember I have been writing and for just as long, I have had people tell me I should be a writer.
But it wasn’t until June of last year, I took the plunge, quit my day job and began writing full time.
It’s been a year of incredible frustration, moments of joy and amazing freedom.
It’s also been a year of reflection and soul searching as I ask myself almost every day “Why do I want to be a writer?”
“I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.” ~ Sylvia Plath
The first time I read Sylvia Plath’s quote, I remember thinking, “Oh, someone gets me.”
I felt a connection and a deeper understanding of myself. I understood why for 40 plus years I have woken up in the middle of the night with words running through my head.
But even with that epiphany, I felt I needed to dig deeper in understanding my why.
Ask a handful of writers why they write, and you may get as many answers to the question.
- “I want to leave my mark on the world.”
- “I want to be rich and famous.”
- “I want to see my books in bookstores.”
- “I want to be my own boss.”
- “It’s part of my DNA. Writing is like breathing.”
Many newbies want to become a writer for all the wrong reasons. Being a writer is more than pursuing a career, it’s about pursuing a dream.
For me, the “Why” of writing isn’t to get money or attention.
It’s about awakening the dreamer, embracing my creative side and allowing it to express itself, all without asking permission to do so.
It’s about finding my way in the world and reaching out to provide a little encouragement and kindness in the lives of others.
Discovering Your Why
Discovering our why is one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves.
From relationships, careers, and pursuing our dreams, without the answer to why our purpose and beliefs lack motivation and real success.
But, once we find our why, we gain the motivation, tenacity, and willpower to take our dreams and the steps needed to turn them into realities.
How to Find Your Why
Go to any place of business and you will find the companies mission statement showcased somewhere.
It’s a formal summary defining details on what the company’s vision is to its customers, employees, and community.
I decided to implement this on a personal level and created my personal mission statement.
“To encourage and positively impact the lives of people I meet.”
Once I had my mission statement, I could see that this is how I have tried to live my life since I was a kid.
I’m a fixer, a believer in the potential of others, an encourager, and someone who strives to provide a little kindness to someone else’s day.
Creating a personal mission statement helps us identify the why in how we live and what we do. It reflects the difference we want to make in the world, known as our impact, and the action we take towards making an impact, better known as our contribution.
Living Your Why
“The gifted man bears his gifts into the world, not for his own benefit, but for the people among whom he is placed; for the gifts are not his, he himself is a gift to the community.” ~ Henry Ford
Somewhere deep inside each of us lies a gift we can give to the world.
None of us are placed here without a reason or a purpose. And all of us have unique gifts and talents needed to create a better world. When we discover our why we open ourselves up to new opportunities in living an authentic life and giving back to those around us.
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KatieMae is a writer, encourager and believes in the power of kindness. She lives in Washington state with her husband and their three dachshunds. You can find her on Twitter @Katiemaeonline, or her website http://www.katiemae.online