What Have You Learned From Being A Writer?

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What Have You Learned From Being A Writer

I know you like writing! What makes you want to write more and what have you learned from being a writer? Share with Lifehack readers!

13 Answers

What I love most about my job is that I’m learning every day. I get to explore a wide range of professions – polygraph examiner, DUI attorney, relationship counselor, dog behaviorist, just to name a few. I don’t have one boss; I have dozens. And I learn something from each of them.

There’s no remaining stagnant as a working writer. You must be constantly learning and adapting, and for that reason, I can’t imagine a better profession.

Writing allowed me to explore my inner thoughts and beliefs. There more I write the more I challenge the principles I hold true to myself.

I helped me changed certain believes I once had and reinforce some. The more you write, the more you think.

The more you think, there might be a chance that there will be more you know.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
― Ernest Hemingway

Writing every day has helped me more than I can measure. It has helped my mind, my soul, and my circle. Here’s a quick list of things I’ve learned from typing away for years–and somehow coming up with some stuff worthy enough to be read by you:

- Clarity is a must. If you can’t write clearly, then you can’t write. Thankfully, writing brings clarity. The more you do it the more clearly you will think and speak to your thoughts. In a way, writing organizes your noggin’.

- Don’t seek to be published; seek to bleed and add value. I’ve learned this from one of my idols, James Altucher. If you write in order to be read and seen, you become too self-critical. You become more risk-averse. You try to find the “right” thing to write, the popular thing to write. But if you write to bleed on the page (by being honest and sharing your experience) and by adding value (aiming to be helpful and/or entertaining), you’ll write with a truer voice.

- Writing is the most god awful thing in the world (but you must do it). If you feel compelled to put something down on a page, to elaborate on something in writing, or to share your story through different mediums (twitter, facebook, blogs…), then you are a writer. You’re a writer as much as a bacon-lover must have bacon with their eggs. You must. But writing is also excruciating. Thoughts, unwieldy and half-formed as they can be, need to be transformed by your fingers and your mind into coherent and authentic prose. That is hard. But you must write. After you are done doing that painful extraction from body and soul to the rest of the world, you feel drained, but you also feel renewed, because you had to do it and you did. There’s relief.

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I have learned more about myself and who I truly am a person throughout my writing – I haven’t just learned how to express my socially-awkward, mostly-introverted self better through the medium of writing, it’s opened me to up to a massive world where the act of writing words can help change peoples’ lives.

I’ve learnt about what means to me as a person, what values I hold dear, what tenants construct my life now and what I want to life to become and mean in the future. Writing for me has been both a gateway to a different way of viewing life, allowing me to be structured and creative in the same beat and giving me the chance to be the truest form of myself.

I have always had trouble communicating with people as I’m extremely shy and have struggled with anxiety since, well, birth I guess. I recall my teachers would borderline plead with me to speak more in class and to other students as they often thought I was odd and singled me out due to how silent I was.

Writing is how I learnt to communicate with people. Writing allowed me to convey myself; my opinions, my personality and my capabilities at a time when I’m pretty sure most people thought I was the most boring, bland human being on the planet.

Now, writing has taught me that I can expose myself to people and let them in, that people are interested in me and that I should be confident in myself. To me, writing is not limited to creativity or to an art form but it is how I have learnt to connect with the world around me; it was my voice when I could not speak.

Being a writer has taught me how to be vulnerable and that it’s perfectly OK to do sometimes. I’ve shared things with the public that I haven’t with family members. I’ve learned how to connect with people, while also understanding the importance of a target audience: some people will “get it” while some just won’t. And that’s fine, too. Still, the connections with others and the unexplainable relief I feel from writing is what makes me want to create more. Knowing that my words are relatable and possibly healing to someone else? Yep. That’s powerful and I’m here for it. (This is also why I wrote my debut book called The Girl Talk Chronicles: How to Manage Love, Lust & Situations available on Amazon.) 

 

The answers to all my questions are inside me – I just have to sit down to write and allow a space for words to come onto the page.

I have to think anything up – I just write it down.

Writing has been my passion since I was 10 years old and read Anne of Green Gables. I just knew that I wanted to write stories for the pleasure, entertainment and inspiration of others as well as to get to know myself.

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.
:-)

I learned that a writer is someone who writes.  Sometimes for no reason.  Just because he can’t sleep until the words come out.  I learned that a writer is an expert of nothing, but an explorer of everything (well, almost everything).

Writing gives me a chance to meet my true being to open the eternity of universe. Writing teaches me to live with heart and clear the mind to see the answers and share them with others. It teaches me to share and trust.

Writing creates me, it reveals the best part of me and helps me to see the Light.

What is your gift which helps to shine your true being?

How did I end up here…sitting in front of my MacBook pouring my heart into prose all across the internet? Honestly, I think it is my midlife crises. As I sat on a tiny Forward Operating Base (FOB) inside the Kabul Air Wing, Afghanistan, for a year, I had some time to think. Away from my family with my oldest in his Freshmen year at Cornell, I had one of those moments. Passing the twenty-year career mark in 2014, I will soon be eligible for retirement. As I watched the sunrise one morning, I found myself wondering what I wanted to be ‘when I grow up.’ That is a common question we pose in the military when we discuss life on the outside, in the civilian world. The follow-on question was, logically, where had I been. That is the epiphany for this literary work. As I put notes around my room, a story emerged and, for the first time in my life, I had the urge to write. My writing obsession began with a few blogs, then I became a columnist for a magazine. It has become my motivation, my passion, my get-away from the combat world outside my door each day. As I researched this new passion, Jeff Goin helped me better understand this new-found enthusiasm in this excerpt:

The Writer’s Manifesto
By Jeff Goin

Writers don’t write to get published.
They write for another reason.
This is the first and only lesson every writer must learn.
Real writers don’t write for recognition.
They don’t do it for fame, accolades, or notoriety.
They do it because they cannot not write.
By their gifts and under the authority of a higher calling,
they are compelled to create. To wonder. To dream. To express.
Real writers wake up every morning with something to say.
Even if the words have yet to come.
They discipline themselves to start.
Forsaking every excuse and justification.
 The true writer simply shows up. Ready to do the work.
Whether the work is successful or acknowledged is not important.
Creating is our primary concern.
Real writers do not need inspiration or an audience to begin.
They know, without question, that their greatest adversary and ally is themselves.
And that they are not alone. Real writers recognize that there is a hidden force.
Acting upon them. Guiding them. And leading them.
The wisest writers call upon this force, taking the time to learn how to wield it well.
They do this every day but this is not an excuse to wait.
It is a call to begin. To honor the gift. To show up.
Even without applause. Again, the whole point of this is simply…

Writers don’t write to get published.
They write for the love of writing.

This sentence below that I wrote some 4 years ago in my old blog sums it up:

“Writing is my soul. It is my being. It is my becoming.”

 

It`s wrong question. The right is here “what my writings learned from me” *joke*

Write is my inspiration, so I write to inspire people, too.

I learnt that no one have created the best writing, article or novel yet, every of them is differently and wonder-workingly precious.