Job Definitions: Storytellers and Writers
I am a storyteller at heart. I have always been, since I can remember. The objective of this post is to share how I began writing and storytelling as a career. It is my belief (read: assumption) that everyone was created to create. If this is true and if they have a childhood that allowed it, they will create from a young age. Hopefully I am not the only one who used to fill up blank pieces of paper with gel pen fashion designs or set up fairytale photoshoots with my sisters. How about filming fashion shows on the family video camera? I also recall creating my own radio shows with actual tapes and a stereo that had a record function.
I love telling stories. What a blessing that my family encouraged it. Whether it was writing a song on the piano and listening to me perform, or posting up my original poetry on the wall. Creativity energy really flows within me. I posted in Creatives With Day Jobs how post graduate life swept me off my feet, and creating was put on the back burner. My heart hurts to think of the years I lost chasing a paycheck, just to go home and watch TV or hit a bar. I love doing those things, but I neglected my inner storyteller. So now, I am a writer and social media coordinator. I want to focus on the writer part. At what point does one consider themselves to be a writer?
Is it when you can type 100 wpm, no mistakes, first draft is the final draft? Or does it mean your name is in the credits of the latest hit movie as “writer”?
I agree with an article by The Write Life that states you are a writer NOW. And you should be privately telling yourself this already. If it is true that we were created to create, you are already a writer because you have a unique story to tell. In order to publicly declare that you are a writer, my opinion is this - have some form of published work, or you are seriously working on a piece that you plan to get published.
I began writing creatively again in July. I am working on a concept for a cartoon series! My first draft was the perfect example of the term “rough draft”. It was starting to take form, but I was disappointed in how my ideas were coming across on paper. It was discouraging, because translating my idea into a tangible screenplay was not as easy as I had hoped. An amazing article from Bustle shares this tip from J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter franchise.
This quote inspired me, and after a few read throughs I am on my second version, which I am sure won’t be the last. In addition to my personal writing, I also have been freelancing writing quizzes, which has been so random, but so interesting. I right quizzes on everything from superpowers to cooking. I even wrote one about Spongebob. (I truly love cartoons). So I am really working out my writing muscles these days. For me, writing generally requires a combination of creativity, talent, truthfulness and research skills. Add to that some occasional humor and of course coffee and YES. We’re writing, baby!
Do you have any works in progress? Have you been wanting to start? Let me know in the comments!