My Declaration: I Am A Writer

randomlychad  —  May 20, 2012 — 8 Comments

Mine is perhaps a more sensitive soul than I care to let on, and my skin thinner than it should be…

So of course, I’m drawn to that form of creative expression called “writing,” where people aren’t afraid to tell me what they think of my words, and thus me.

I grew up with rejection after rejection, whether via my parents’ divorce, or bullying at school… Thus I don’t handle rejection well:

So of course, my soul is drawn to writing, where rejection can be a daily reality.

I’m often wracked with self-doubt, wondering if what I say, or write, even matters… (Though I not-so-secretly crave the affirmation of “real” writers).

Yet I continue to write, pressing through the “resistance”–the doubt, the fears, the pain that seek to keep fingers from keyboard–because like Eric Liddell running, I feel God’s pleasure when writing.

I’ve had both successes, and setbacks, on this road called “writing.”

But God help me, I can do no other: I can’t not write!

Sure, I have a job that pays the bills–which I’m thankful for–but it doesn’t feed my soul. The most alive I feel is when I get lost inside the words, and time stands still.

I am a writer. I can do no other.

Are You A Writer?




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  • Woo hoo! Me too!

  • I’m with you, bro.

  • Good luck Chad. It would be terrific if an AWESOME person like you won the contest.

    • Wow, Bill! I don’t know what to say. I’m truly touched by your kind words.
      Win or lose, I am what I am: this day I’ve drawn a line in the sand.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Yes, you are a writer. And you’re pretty good, too.

  • Hey, thanks, Ricky! I want to move beyond pretty good. I’m findng excellence to be exhausting, but well worth it.

    You are, too--whether you believe it, or not. Put it to you this way:

    Say you stepped away from blogging for awhile. Even so, could you imagine not putting stuff down on “paper?” Even if simply for the amusement of no one else but yourself? Whether that ever sees the light of day, or not, in my book it makes you a writer.

    Does it delight you to do that? Think about it.