What I’ve Learned About Myself As A Writer

Our words reveal our souls

Michael Shook
Nov 10 · 2 min read
woman with coffee, phone, and notebook sitting at picnic table writing about what she’s learned about herself through writing
woman with coffee, phone, and notebook sitting at picnic table writing about what she’s learned about herself through writing
Young woman journaling what she’s learned about herself through writing. Image courtesy of kaboompics via Pixabay

As a writer, you know your words don’t count for much until they come from your heart. You can SEO all day long, hunt down the latest topics to publish your two cents about and create content until your fingertips turn blue, but if your words aren’t real, you’re going to know the minute you hit the save button.

The thing is we develop the ideas of who we are by writing. True enough, we had some ideas about our nature before we began our writing path, but those were seeds of ideas, not full-formed understandings.

Writing is the process by which we shed the trappings we’ve been handed and show our insides to the world. Each writer does this. You might not be all the way there, but dollars to doughnuts, you know more about your true self than when you started.

Write a story and share what you’ve learned about who you are. This might be a little thing, like learning that you don’t care what catsup you put on your fries after producing 15 articles on epic catsup for a content mill.

Or it could be something more profound. For me, it would be realizing that under the mountains of crap I’ve had shoveled onto my head in my life, there beats the heart of an eternally positive person. I like that.

Please share what you’ve earned about your true nature, what you were writing when you realized, and how that realization changed your life.

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