Usually when I tell people that I’m a writer, or that I’m a poet, they often assume that writing is what makes up my entire life. When I say that I love my writing classes the most, they are conditioned to think that I’m some kind of literature major. I guess there is a stigma around creative writing, that it must dictate your life if you are interested in it. But I don’t think that’s true at all. For instance, I’m a psychology major, who just so happens to love writing.
I’m a writer because I write, but I’m not just a writer. I feel as though a lot of people brush aside the idea of being a writer because they think that it will overwhelm their lives, or because they don’t see themselves as authors or poets. But there’s only one piece of criterion to become a writer: you have to write. That’s it. Literally, that’s all you have to do. And boom, you’re now a writer. Feels good, right?
There are simple ways to work writing into your daily life. You don’t need to spend hours with your nose in a notebook or with your fingers flying across a keyboard. (Although if that’s what suits you, by all means proceed.) But the simplest instances in your everyday life can turn into the basis for a piece of literature. Keep a notebook of things that catch your attention throughout the day, whether it be something you overhear in someone else’s conversation, or a little detail that catches your eye while you’re on your way to the bus stop to head home. Make a note of it and then go back to it later on and write more about it. It could turn into a poem or a short story, or maybe it will remind you of something that happened to you in the past, and you can write about that.
When you’re feeling really emotional about something, write about it. It doesn’t have to be poetic or perfect, but getting that emotion down on paper will not only make you feel better, but it could also turn into a beautiful piece of writing down the road.
You probably write more than you think. When you text your best friend telling them about something great with that person you like, you’re writing. When you’re making a blog post regarding some new discovery you made, you’re furthering your writing abilities. When you write that letter to your family or friends who aren’t near you because you traveled for college, you guessed it, you’re being a writer.
You can be so many other things in life and still be a writer. Creative writing coincides with our daily lives more than we think it does. It doesn’t have to be your profession for it to be one of your passions.
So, the next time that you notice something, even if it’s seemingly insignificant at the time, take note of it, either mentally or on paper. Then, when you have the time, elaborate. See where it can take you. It’s never too late to become a writer. All you have to do is put pen to paper.
Until next time,