Believing I am a writer has been sort of a slow evolution. I’ve always thought of myself as a creative person who happens to be good at writing. However, it never came up in conversations, even after I was published in Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschooler’s Soul. It felt like a fluke, a novelty that someone outside my family really enjoyed what I had written.I was afraid to even tell anyone I had started a blog.
Something has changed, though, since I started blogging. I see that I have writer potential. Now it comes up in conversation, is listed on my email signature and Facebook profile. The words, blogger, writer, and public speaker flow more easily after my name when I introduce myself. My future is speckled with dreams of learning and teaching this amazing craft. This is what I want to be when I grow up.
I want to be a writer.
What do writers do? They write. So I started to look around for writing venues I could be a part of, places my work would fit and I could say, “I write for…” And you know what happened? Someone acknowledged my ability and said yes. Starting the week of September 6th, I will be blogging for the DETNEWS MichMoms twice a week. These posts will be completely original, not links back to my personal blog or my blog linked to them. As soon as I got the email confirmation, I did a happy dance through the house and called DW.
“DW! Guess what?! MichMoms said yes! I’m going to blog for them twice a week. Can you believe it?” I said breathless.
“Sounds great, I guess, ” he said in confusion, “But how are you going to come up with stuff for them and for your blog?”
Not a clue, actually, but I will just take one idea, one word at a time.
This is what I wanted.
This is who I am.
I am a writer.