Happy Saturday Y’all!
So sitting down to write (and I don’t mean commenting on others blogs or chatting of Facebook) it came to me.
Does your mate/friends/family ever ask to see your writing?
I use writing as the subject because people can always peek into your studio to see what you’re painting, or what you’re making with your beads covering half the kitchen table.
Writing is different.
They’d have to turn on your computer, go to your files, click on what you’ve written, and sit and read with the computer on their lap.
That’s too much work for most.
Now I don’t mean do your friends and family support you — I think in one way or another they understand your craft and are happy that you are happy.
But do they ever sit down next to you and ask what you’re writing? Ask to read anything you’ve written in the past the last 20 years?
Writing is a funny business. The minute you write anything more than a paragraph you are an AUTHOR. Yet if you are not published anywhere that AUTHOR title doesn’t feel right. I wonder if I were to publish a bunch of books would my kids bust down the door and grab the computer and see what’s next.
I doubt it.
As I’ve said many times in blogs through the years, I love my hubby to death and back. Same with my boys, my grandkids, my best friends, my cats…I want them to be who they want to be. Financial Manager, Daycare Director — it doesn’t matter.
I’d just like them to want to read my rambling once in a while.
Maybe writing is more a personal things. I don’t know how many people beat the door down to read J.K. Rowlings or Steven King’s next book. Maybe they had to get their prose and poetry to someone who could pass it along to the world.
My family knows I write. Knows I have two sets of novels written, along with dozens of short stories and poems. But they never go further than “hows the writing going, mom?” My husband isn’t literary in that sense, so I can’t expect him to glom over every chapter.
Maybe that’s okay. These worlds I create of mostly for me anyway. Maybe I’ll take the next step to get published, maybe I won’t. But I will keep the fire burning for no other reason than to keep the synapses firing.
So if you have a friend that writes, ask them about their writing. Ask to read their writing. Sit down and write with them. Don’t keep your distance just because you’re not a writer.
You can also be a learner.
And for you writers, keep on writing. You are an AUTHOR.