Monday, December 1, 2014

What It Takes To Be A Writer

I subscribe to the Writers Unboxed blog. Usually I find an article that challenges, entertains, inspires or informs me. Case-in-point, What It Really Takes by Sarah Callender . In her article, Sarah Callender reflects on an article she read in the Poets and Writers magazine. Sarah writes, 'In this article, Perversity of Spirit, Rufi Thorpe describes a young student and the question he asks her, with palpable desperation, over a cup of coffee:  Do I have what it takes to be a writer?

As I read his earnest question, I recalled the intensity with which I...sought the answer to that same question.'

Callender continues by recounting memories of how she arrived at the answer to his question and she concludes by asking, 'Was there a point you realized you had what it took? What were the hurdles...that tried to thwart you? Whose gifts have encourage you to keep at it?'

My love for story developed at a very early age. Despite my struggles with reading and spelling (I have dyslexia), I was encouraged to write by my family, my teachers and my friends. This encouragement led me to self-publishing.

I recall being stopped in the post office parking lot, by a man I knew--but not very well. 

"I'm not a reader," he told me. "But I read your book--quickly, without stopping."

I was deeply touched by his words and shortly after that made a commitment to continue to submit my writing to publishers until something happened. Well, things have happened I've continued to collect encouragement. And the biggest support -- my husband goes to work every week so I can continue to write.

Our first snowfall of the year.
It arrived early Saturday morning and the light dusting is still here today.

Words fall like snow from my brain onto the page or screen. Sometimes I write blog posts, sometimes stories, but I always write. And I know as long as I keep writing something will happen. I. Know. It. Will. Right now, I live on faith.

Sharing my author journey...

Every ending brings a new beginning.
You meet "my" writing group on November 17th. Remember? 
Well, I'm sad to report that we had our last meeting Friday, November 28th. We parted as friends. 

During our last meeting, I received the feedback I was looking for on my short stories and will be working on preparing them for submission today.


Suzanne Brazil said...

Leanne you have a great story! I heard something similar recently about a published writer just being a writer who didn't give up. Congratulations and I look forward to following more of your story. Thanks also for visiting my website!

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for visiting, Suzanne.
I was inspired and encouraged by your podcast interview.
And really like what you wrote about becoming a published author. If we keep doing what we love good things will happen.

Anonymous said...

I really do think that encouragement and support from our friends and family has so much to do with it.

We could be writers without it, but they make it so much easier.

Great, affirming post, Leanne!

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for leaving a comment, Zee.
You're right it does make things easier -- for them too. Who wants to annoy a writer with a blank paper and a pen full of ink. : )

Anonymous said...

Congratulations for over-coming or progressing in spite of dyslexia.

I love what you post about the writing life. I'm a newbie and don't know what I'd do if I couldn't continue to write, but I agree, encouragement is important, especially during those times when the going is hard.

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for your supportive comment, Tess. You may be a "newbie" but I'm overwhelmed and very impressed by the huge community you've built.

On the topic of dyslexia, I'm of the belief that I owe the success I've had to my amazing (dyslexic) mind. The trouble came (still comes) when I try to fit my cool, round brain into this only-square-brains-may-apply world. But you know everyone has a hurdle to overcome -- if they're lucky.