Notes from An Alien

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Do People Know That You Write?

Everyone writes, at least a little—just because we have to—if only to sign our name at times.

Some folks write a lot, on purpose and on deadline—usually as freelancers, concocting what others want.

Then, there are the “creative writers”—some very business-like, some way around the bend of normality.

Another “class” of writer is the person who isn’t writing yet, or has done a little and wonders if they’ll ever get back to it.

I call someone who hasn’t done much more than sign checks, yet would like to write a lot more, a writer because so much of creative writing happens before, and in between, pen on paper or fingers on keys.

Writing, in a deeply important sense, is all about what’s inside the writer. What ends up outside the writer, as a book or a series of essays, is quite often felt by the writer as no longer “theirs”—sometimes to the point where they actually say it came from “beyond them”

So, sliding back to the point of this post: If you’re a creative writer, even if all the words are still inside, do other people know you’re a writer?

If they don’t, why haven’t you told them?

Teralyn Rose Pilgrim wrote a guest post for Nathan Bransford back in May called, Do You Tell People You Write?.

The kind of responses Teralyn chronicles from those who’ve been told she’s a writer could be the major reason many people never utter a word about an activity they invest in with heart and soul

If I copied them here, I’d be “stealing” nearly her whole post—do go read it, but only if you can answer yes to more than one of these questions:

If you’ve told folks you write, do you most often wish you hadn’t?

If you haven’t told folks you write, is it because you fear the reaction you might get?

Is there a particular person you revealed your writing to who made you wonder about your sanity?

Is there a particular person you haven’t told your secret to who you think would love to know?

Do you feel you’re a writer even though you’ve never put the words and ideas inside you on paper or screen?

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13 responses to “Do People Know That You Write?

  1. mizzezmellymel October 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Most people don’t know that I write creatively. I guess I just feel they wouldn’t understand and would think “Yeah, right!” People outside of the writing circle tend to think you’re NOT a “real” writer if you haven’t been published yet.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai October 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I know that attitude, very well, mizzez

    In fact, back in March, I wrote a post called, This Is The Way It Must Be Done!, and said:

    “There are many things that various people say Must be a certain way. And then, there are actually things that Must be a certain way.

    “If you don’t want to be killed by a long fall to the pavement, you Must not walk over the edge of the roof.

    “But, Must we restrict the term “author” to those who have published?”

    I also looked at the etymologies of “author” and “writer” :-)


  3. elizabethnicoleblog October 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I think I *don’t* tell most often because I’m pretty indtimdated. There’s sooo much talent especially in Second Life@&around Book Island. It’s really easy to fall into the wall flower role when there’s soo much wonderful stuff being shared so eagerly and with so much passion and excitement.
    I think probably most people either step up and have to say Hey! It’s me! I write! Want to see? lol!! or you end up just sort of observing…though observing has it’s benefits for sure. It’s really important to watch other people and take in what they have to offer, I think. :D Okie…I hope that was not tooo awefully off topic. Lol! <3


  4. Alexander M Zoltai October 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Right On Topic, Nicole :-)

    I’m really glad one of my Book Island friends commented

    Gotta say one thing though, from the small amount of your writing I’ve heard or read, you are, to me, one of those people “with so much passion and excitement”. :-)

    Hope I can figure out a way for you to share more………


  5. Catana October 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I lead a rather peculiar life. I don’t go out and meet people, so the only ones who know I write besides those I correspond with on the net (blog comments, etc.) are my family. Of two sons, two daughters in law, and a sister, only one son has read my first novel, which I sent to all of them. So much for the myth that family is eager to read your efforts. If I knew more people, I’d tell them I’m a writer only if I thought it would interest them. Otherwise, why bother? I don’t need an ego boost. I’m not hiding out. I’m just pragmatic.


  6. elizabethnicoleblog October 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I think I just have to find my voice and learn to use it. One day the time will come and until then I feel so lucky just to watch and listen. I feel like Book Island is such a wonderful place. I’ve learned so much and I feel so lucky to be a part of such an interesting group.

    Love your posts & your poetry…STILL waiting to finish the book. I can’t wait until I can actually give you some constructive feedback. haha :)
    Thank you for being so supportive! You are such a great friend. :D


  7. Alexander M Zoltai October 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Book Island is Great and I just had to link to it there ’cause folks need to visit and find out why you and I feel it’s so Special :-)


  8. Alexander M Zoltai October 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Catana, we appear to share at least one peculiarity—not going out to meet people.

    My reason is mostly low cash-on-hand from my small military pension; yet, still, since it costs next to nothing, I do “go out” and “meet” folks in Second Life

    I am different than you (probably not pragmatic at all) since I tell everyone that I write :-)


  9. cmmarcum October 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I am alone, hence I blog.


  10. Alexander M Zoltai October 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm


    Not quite sure I “get” that last comment, C. M. ………


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