By C. LaRene Hall
Usually, if I tell someone I’m a writer they say, “That’s what I’d like to do.”
After quizzing them further I find they spend more time wanting to write than actually trying to write. Some of them have never written their first sentence. I get the feeling they think it’s easy to be a writer. Those of us who write know that’s not true.
Why do so many people say they want to be a writer? I laugh when I think about it. I guess besides thinking it’s easy, they probably think it’s exciting. In reality, it’s lonely. I’m sure most of them see dollar signs. Little do they know that if someone paid me for the time I spend writing, I doubt I’d make one cent in a month, and I write every day. Of course, there’s always an exception to the rule. I’m just not one of those.
How many of those who say they want to be a writer really try to reach that goal? Very few of them go beyond the words. If you press them for what they’ve tried to write they usually duck their head. What happens when you invite them to a writing meeting? They always have an excuse why they can’t come. Maybe someone says they have a story started, but when you offer to critique will they let you? Probably not. I think it’s because they really don’t have a story started.
As in most cases, there is always an exception. Occasionally I’ll find someone that does want to come to a meeting. I’ve even found a few who let me read their story and were open for suggestions. They just needed someone to get them started again.
I’ve decided that if you are born to write, you will. Nothing can stop you, because it’s part of who you are.
My new blog is http://clhall.blogspot.com/