by Morgan S. Hazelwood
How Can I Be a Writer?
There are so many images of writers: smoking, coffee guzzling, depressed alcoholics pouring their hearts and souls into their words. Those grizzled, introverted men who know writing is their raison d’être*, their one, true calling!
I don’t look like that.
I don’t smoke, nor drink coffee**, and I rarely drink alcohol, even socially. I’m about as ungrizzled as a person can be***.
Plus, you know what? I don’t think of writing as ‘my calling.’ It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I’d still be me, even if I stopped writing.
I have no better idea than you do about why we’re here, but the best I can figure out is that we’re here just for the experience points.
Yes, people who struggle daily against the oppression of depression can be writers. Your brain chemistry, no matter what you might struggle with, gives you insight into characters that no one else could write.
And those characters may be just what someone else needs to read, to know they’re not alone.
If you get medication or other treatments to help you cope better? That doesn’t take away your uniqueness, it just gives you something else to work with.
For those of us whose brain chemistries are naturally more cooperative? That’s okay.
Even if you’re not an introvert, relying on the written word to communicate coherently, doesn’t mean your words cannot have beauty in them.
Just because you’re not a “tortured artist” doesn’t mean your writing can’t be just as meaningful and insightful.
We all bring something different to the page, and that’s a good thing.
* Reason to be (in french).
**Or dark soda, I resort to Sunkist for my caffeine no more than 3Xs a week.
***At my age
Guest post contributed by Morgan Hazelwood. Morgan is currently working on the fantasy coming-of-age adventure Flesh and Ink. These days, when not writing, you can find her devouring book series on her kindle, hitting the gym, dressing up at local conventions, or feeding her web comic addiction. She also lends her voice to Anansi Storytelling – a radio-style podcast of folk tales from around the world.