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Thoughts on Being a Real Writer

I write for me.

In the past I said, "I started writing online to give myself a 'voice.' My voice. THE voice."

I do not write "for the money," though that is an added benefit when writing for paid online sites. I do not write for the connections, though I like interacting with others.

Sometimes I can get caught up in the goals and milestones, which I set for myself. My crazy competitive nature starts to blossom. What gets me working harder is when I see myself getting closer to certain visual markers, which seem to hold some sort of meaning to me. Most of the time, however. I compete with myself, and will see certain markers that make me work just a bit harder to reach them.

I am approaching several such personal milestones. that I have shared recently.

I started to follow writer, Jeff Goins, and his blog several years ago. Jeff is a writer who maintains that writing is about passion, creativity and changing the world. ( )

I was delighted to received notification of of a post a couple of years ago, "Writers Don't Write to Get Published," in which he shared "The Writers Manifesto." He wrote:

-Real writers don’t write to get published. They write just to write.
-Real writers don’t write for recognition or fame or notoriety. They write, because they simply cannot not write. By their gifts and a higher calling, they are compelled to create.
-Real writers wake up every morning with something to say. And they thank the heavens for an opportunity to do so.
-Real writers do not begin the day with aspirations of seeing their words in print; they simply show up, available to be used as a mouthpiece.
-Real writers do not need audience or inspiration; they have the Muse.

I do believe that I was a "real writer" long before I ever read this. I will continue to be a real writer by these definitions long after I reach the milestones and the many more that will present in the future.

But I do not ever think that my heart will quicken any less when I see numbers add up. There is something about finishing one and pushing toward the next goal.

And I also do that for me.

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Adapted from the original written and posted January 2014 on Bubblews, but removed by the author.

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DWDavisRSL wrote on July 19, 2015, 4:28 PM

I agree that as real writers we cannot not write. I have volumes of stories and ideas for stories I wrote for myself that will never see the light of day. But sometimes we write a story we want to share with others, everyone, and that is when we know it is a story to publish.

MegL wrote on July 19, 2015, 5:20 PM

I have been writing since I was 8 years old, when I told the l local postmaster I was going to be an author. That was where I first heard the word "plagiarism" and was warned against it.

Feisty56 wrote on July 19, 2015, 5:47 PM

I "flunk" the real writer's test of waking up daily with something to say/write -- at least writing outside of my journal. There are some thoughts and experiences that are just too raw, too personal, too painful to share with others.

Kasman wrote on July 19, 2015, 5:53 PM

The first four lines of this post also apply to me but that part in italics doesn't! I don't feel any compulsion to write and yet I do; I don't wake up every morning with something to say but I am glad of the opportunity to do so occasionally; I don't need an audience (but I do need inspiration) and I don't think I have any kind of 'muse'. I don't know why I write - I do it when I feel the need.

hanvanmeegerin wrote on July 19, 2015, 10:24 PM

CoralLevang you are definately a real writer. You write nice titles too. I'm often drawn to your work, before I know you are the author. When I see your name, I know it will be a decent piece.

allen0187 wrote on July 19, 2015, 11:31 PM

This is an eye-opening piece. Thank you very much for writing it and sharing it to us here in Persona Paper.

I've checked and subscribed to Jeff Goins' blog and followed him as well in Twitter.

Again, thanks for sharing this.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 1:48 AM

DWDavisRSL Because I am not a writer of fiction, and I'm too much of a storyteller to want to do boring research to write non-fiction, I never counted myself as much of a writer. But when we want to share words with others, then it is a story. In that sense, I see myself as a storyteller, whether 100 words or 1000 pages.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 1:50 AM

MegL This story is simple, sweet, short, and smile-provoking.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 1:52 AM

Feisty56 If you write in your journal, you are a writer. You simply haven't chosen to allow others to know yet. At some point, you may choose differently. That's the beauty of writing.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 1:54 AM

Kasman Again, I think we may be debating semantics. I think you have all these things; I think there are many shades to the meaning that Goins gives to this.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 1:55 AM

Why, thank you, hanvanmeegerin . I am humbled by your kind words.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 1:56 AM

Thanks, allen0187 . I have subscribed for quite some time, and have enjoyed several things he shares.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 20, 2015, 7:18 AM

We share our love of storytelling. My students always knew if they could get me telling a story they would be entertained and get out of whatever assignment we were working on for a time.

inertia4 wrote on July 20, 2015, 7:24 AM

Actually I have no thoughts on being a real writer. If I ever become a real writer then I can respond. Nice!!! I write for my own enjoyment. Yes I like things organized and looking good. I feel that whatever I write, I want it to look good for the reader. I feel that if it pleases me it will please the reader. And I also like to create something worth reading.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 7:24 AM

In January 2013, I wrote this on my blog ( I haven't been keeping up on the blog, as I feel I should, but you'll appreciate that post.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 7:29 AM

inertia4 Then you are a writer, my friend. A real writer. emoticon :smile:

inertia4 wrote on July 20, 2015, 7:35 AM

Maybe, I don't know. I never thought of myself as a writer. Maybe because it is not my main passion. Music is for me.

PriscillaKing wrote on July 20, 2015, 12:26 PM

The Olympics rule used to be that if you've been paid, you're a professional. Therefore all of us from AC are professional writers...or used to be. Our choice.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 20, 2015, 12:33 PM

You said it quite wonderfully in your post. The storyteller who becomes the writer when the stories are put to paper. A concept true throughout the ages I would say.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 12:39 PM

I guess that means the B site made some professionals, as well. emoticon :winking:

Ruby3881 wrote on July 22, 2015, 11:59 PM

I remember having this discussion with you sometime in the past. My feelings now are the same as then: you are a real writer, and have been as long as I've known you emoticon :smile:

Ruby3881 wrote on July 23, 2015, 12:04 AM

I have a couple of longer stories that I wrote, that I doubt I'll ever work into anything I care to publish. It's just that at the time it was what I needed to be writing, and so I wrote!

CoralLevang wrote on July 23, 2015, 12:39 AM

Ruby3881 someday, I hope to have a discussion by phone or f2f. Thank well, are you.

bestwriter wrote on July 30, 2015, 9:22 PM

I too have my personal reasons to write the most important being to sharpen my brain. Writing gives me that opportunity.

CoralLevang wrote on July 31, 2015, 6:23 AM

bestwriter That is a very good reason to do so!

valmnz wrote on August 30, 2015, 4:41 PM

I follow Jeff Goings too, though only in a disorganised way. I love his definition of a real writer. And yes, it's my competitive nature that spurs me on too.

CoralLevang wrote on September 1, 2015, 2:53 AM

Thank you so much, DWDavisRSL . I appreciate this comment so much. I used to think that to be a "storyteller," it had to be fiction. I realize today that is not true.

CoralLevang wrote on September 1, 2015, 2:54 AM

We share passions. But I have to say that I used to think that music was my main passion. I think that storytelling, oral and written, is mine. And I made my living in music for over a decade and loved it.

CoralLevang wrote on September 1, 2015, 2:56 AM

Goins is a great young man. I love his passion. And....EVERYTHING I do is disorganiz(s)ed!!! LOL

inertia4 wrote on September 1, 2015, 1:44 PM

I like to write, but on this scale only. Not writing novels and stuff.

CoralLevang wrote on September 2, 2015, 3:26 PM

I agree. I think I could certainly be a guest columnist, but anything that was required daily, never. And novels scare the hell out of me.

inertia4 wrote on September 3, 2015, 7:30 PM

They don't scare me, it's just that I don't think I have that much dedication inside me to write one. And besides, I would need lots of time to write such a book.