Article by Wendy McCance
The hardest part of having a career as a writer is how little time you end up writing for yourself. When I decided to become a writer, I had images of how I would feel each day spending my time creating. It’s true that I do spend my days creating, but the creation takes a predetermined form.
When I get an assignment, I already know what will be written to some extent. Sure I can play with words and put together a well-formed piece of work, but the essence of the process that I love so much is missing.
My favorite type of writing is when I have no idea what will be written. I sit down at the computer with a feeling. I am in a particular mood and just begin typing. There is no plan regarding what I will end up saying, I just write. It’s like something takes over deep in my soul and I sit back and allow the words to appear on the screen. It’s almost like being in a trance. I see my fingers moving, I hear the words as they begin to pop up in my head and then show up on the screen, but I am truly unaware of what the outcome will be as I go through the process. It is the truest form of creating that I know of.
I love being a writer. I feel blessed to do what I love each and every day. I have to admit though that my thoughts about what a career as a writer would be like compared to what I experience is very different. I think that the writers who come closest to the most genuine form of being a writer are those who write books. They can sit down and tell their stories uninterrupted from any outside noise or expectations from others. There is no predetermined idea from others on what the piece should be about or how the story will play out. It is writing in its purest most uninterrupted form.
I have found that by the end of a week, it is hard to transition back to my own voice and let the words fall onto a page without getting my head back into that head space. I rely on inspiration to get me back to my truth. I read, listen to music and connect with people who get me thinking. It takes time to pull myself away from the work of writing to be able to write the way I once did daily on this blog.
Like everything else in life, you learn, you grow and then you can create some more. I now compartmentalize different areas of my writing. There are the daytime hours which are spent working on assignments. I write website content or a blog post in the voice of the person or company that has hired me to fill their pages with words. In the evenings or sometimes very early in the morning before I flood my head with other voices, I can grab onto my own true voice and let my own stories unfold. It is in these moments when I feel the most joy about what I do. There really is nothing like being able to express your thoughts and feelings and maybe even influence others with a word or two that is relatable that makes what I do the most incredible of experiences.
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