Living the Life of a Writer

As I’ve been Slicing this month, I’ve been noticing the way my life as a writer changes as I’ve been on the lookout for stories. As my writing about professional-content has increased these past few months, my writing about my personal life has decreased. So far this month I’ve collected personal stories for The Challenge. Here are some things I’ve noticed about living the life of a writer:

  • When writing is part of my routine, the stories ideas seem to drop out of the sky. I’ve been reminded of this as I’ve written more personally for the last week. I was out of the habit of collecting stories from my family life, so as I’ve made myself more aware of my living, the story ideas abound. The same is true when I write professionally. On days I know I’m going to blog, I’m more aware and sensitive to potential ideas for posts.
  • As I read other Slicers’ work, stories to my kids, professional books, and my current mystery, I’m looking for ideas of things to try as a writer. Although this is my nature while reading, by writing daily I’m able to apply some of the techniques I’m noticing. Once we try something out, it is more likely to become part of our repertoire & we will do it again and again becoming more proficient.
  • I find the same struggle as I always find — making time to sit down in front of the computer and actually write. This seems to be my biggest obstacle to writing: sitting-in-seat-with-laptop time.
  • I find joy in collecting Slices for the mere pleasure of writing. I find myself writing for me and I like it. I like that my audience for Slices is ME.
  • On the flip side of the same token, I love how my words affect others. The comments warm my heart.

What are you learning about living as a writer?