Toujours la même question qui taraude les passionnés d’écriture. Est-ce qu’un écrivain est celui qui écrit ? Ou qui publie ? Un peu, beaucoup ? Amateur, professionnel ? Voici un petit article qui me parle de mon propre rapport à l’écriture (première partie), avec ensuite quelques idées pour se trouver. Quelle personne « écrivante » veut-on être ?
THE ONE DECISION A WRITER HAS TO MAKE
It’s not the decision to become a writer.
It’s the decision to be a writer.
Becoming a writer means you sit down and write. Big deal, anyone can do that.
Being a writer means your writing is an extension of who you are. It’s part of your overall identity, and without it you’re not a whole person. It’s not something you do every so often. It’s something you do as often as possible, and not because you have to, but because you need to.
This one decision will set the pace for your entire writing career. It also comes with a follow-up question:
What kind of writer do you want to be?
I’m not just referring to whether you want to be a freelance writer, copywriter, or novelist. I’m referring to your hook: the unique attributes you want your writing career to have, and the contribution you want to make to the writing industry.
Fame, fortune, and oodles of bestsellers are all external success points that don’t matter to your reader. You need to define the internal success points – who you are and what you stand for – that will get you and your writing noticed. What sets you apart from the hundreds of thousands who desire a writing career? Your hook is what will attract interest and loyal readers. Without it, you’re not a writer; you’re a person who writes.
To be a great writer, be an authentic person.
There’s our everyday persona, and there’s who we really are. In order to be a great writer, ditch the persona (it’s not as scary as it sounds). Besides, isn’t your persona exhausting to maintain anyway? Wouldn’t you rather put that energy toward your creativity? I thought so.
The creative energy you need to become a great writer is found in the most natural parts of your personality. Have you ever noticed how your best ideas come to you when you’re not looking for them? That’s where your greatness is, and you won’t be able to put it down on paper when your persona acts as repellent.
To define your writing career, define who you are.
You are your words. What do you want to say?
The next great writer is within you ready to emerge.
David Trottier, The Freelance Writer’s Bible