A sustainable writing life is built from more than the construction of sentences and paragraphs; it emerges from the slow accumulation of days and years lived intentionally through the habits of
—Kroeker and Craig, On Being a Writer
It isn’t clear to me when I first began to consider myself a writer. But somewhere along the line, I passed from saying (apologetically) that “I do a little writing” to saying (comfortably) “I’m a writer.” I’m not sure when the recognition that I needed to be intentional about making time to write (and to read) came, but somewhere along the line, it did, and I now include both in the priority scheme of my calendar. And I couldn’t tell you when the value of connecting with other writers, or wanting to find places to publish my work, or understanding the usefulness of not writing at times ever first happened. But they did. And today I am a writer who makes time to write, and to read, who enjoys the company of other writers, and who from time to time steps away from the page. I find great satisfaction in my writing life, even as I continue to work to build it.
Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig open their book, On Being a Writer, with the simple question: Is your writing life all it can be? It’s a good question for a writer to ask, whether he is new to the writing world or has been writing for many years. Because “all it can be” (and all a writer wants it to be) is something that can change from year to year and season to season.
We say about this book that it can act as your “personal coach, to explore the writing life you already have and the writing life you wish for, and close the gap between the two.” The book offers tools to help a writer develop practices and habits that help a writer cultivate a sustainable and satisfying writing life.
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Are you using On Being a Writer yet, to enrich your writing life? If not, maybe you signed up for the 5 Simple Action Prompt Mini-Series. Either way, you’re invited to share with us about your On Being a Writer experiences, chapter-by-chapter or prompt-by-prompt. We look forward to hearing about the writing life that’s uniquely yours!
Cover photo by Claire Burge. Used with permission. Post by LW Lindquist.