How does writing help you to know yourself? And what does it say about you that you love to write?
Perhaps we reveal ourselves in our character choice, our writing style or genre, or even in the quality of our work.
Is there a depth of compassion in the words that we write?
Or do we demonstrate prowess in a particular topic or skill?
I thought I would take a more generic approach, and look at what we learn about ourselves when we write a book that is unconnected to genre, style or writing capability.
We have stamina
It takes a long time.
We write as often as we can, chipping away a word at a time at a goal that we might not see realised for years.
We have determination
We use our determination to sustain us through the journey.
We pick ourselves up from distractions by our unwavering belief that the story within us must come out.
We are eternal students
We learn all we can about writing, we keep learning, and then we learn some more.
We are resilient
Set-backs, delays, and real-life can hold up our writerly dreams, but we pick ourselves up, and keep moving forward.
We treat feedback as a gift.
We have a vision
We have a vision for our work and for ourselves as a writer.
When we begin there is a blank piece of paper.
We use our imagination and words to create worlds, characters and story.
“If you really want to know yourself, start by writing a book.”
~ Shereen E Feki