Self-Reminder: You are a Writer!

Embroiled in the inner conflict between what I want and what I need, writing can fall to the wayside. At times I force myself to ignore the desire to write out of necessity to focus my attention on more practical and wage-earning tasks. For as much as I love to write, it does not pay my bills even though I may wish it did.

The issue is a self-inflicted one because of the following questions:

  • Could anyone love my books(s), play, or script ideas as much as I do?
  • Are readers engaged with what I post?
  • Do I spark discussion, contemplation, and introspection through my writings?
  • Who would pay me to write short stories, poetry, novels, and other creative work?

It’s the constant battle over the ever-changing answers to the above questions which halts my progress towards changing writer from a self-professed title to a professional one. As a result, I doubt not my talent but its desirability in the employment marketplace.

West to East road trip 2016

I am a writer who crosses genres (YA, New Adult, Motivational Non-Fiction) and enjoys drafting a stage play as much as a novel. I am a writer because there are stories (fictional and non) deep within that annoy me to no end if I don’t write them down. I am a writer who wants and needs to write regardless of whether I receive financial compensation for my craft, though I’d much prefer the compensation.

*Have you struggled with similar questions? How do you maintain your passion for writing in the midst of everyday responsibilities?*

All the best,

Published by Kelly Deeny

I am a writer, singer, jewelry designer, and theatre enthusiast. I use various forms of artistic expression for personal reflection, community discussion and creative inspiration. My premiere novel encapsulates all of the above. Follow along on my journey towards an artistic career!

2 thoughts on “Self-Reminder: You are a Writer!

  1. So far, I’ve kept myself going by trying not to question myself, no “whys” or “what-ifs.” I get disillusioned sometimes, but I just keep going, and I make plans for new things to try. I’m not published yet. I haven’t even queried a novel yet but, like Dory, I just keep swimming.

    1. This mindset is bound to help you as you journey towards publication. Your determination motivates me to keep moving forward even when the ink runs dry.

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