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What Does It Take To Be A Writer? Inspiration?

Updated on July 10, 2011

What is good enough?

Sometimes I sit in wonder and awe at the sheer amount of thinking my brain engages in. Some people have hobbies, collections, or other activities that engage their attention; but me, I have thinking. I suppose my hobbies include music and words, but always the ones that engage my thought. The best are the songs or stories that can touch my soul as if feeling, breathing, and thinking the inspiration with every fiber of my being.

Is that normal? Weird? I have no idea. But I know that I love it. I love thinking about my future, where I might go, what I might see, even what I might accomplish and how I can apply myself to each tantalizingly inspirational idea.

It’s always a feeling of looking at the world through a lens. A lens with a filter of thought that takes my eyes beyond the stereotypes and first impressions that can sour anyone in an instant. This filter is always looking for the subtleties, the unspoken truth that is never far beyond the surface.

Then I wonder if that is what being a writer is truly all about. Is it tapping into those moments when inspiration swipes you off your feet and your mind is thrown into a whirlwind of amazingly radiant thoughts; each thought as if it's own adventure and every adventure as enticingly brilliant as the one before. Then, without notice or warning, the wave of inspiration disappears as if never having existed in the first place; a distant visitor that appears herself always in the most inconvenient moments.

You’re probably thinking “how very egocentic of you Briana,” or something along those equivocal lines. I know, it’s just my brain wondering off again and will surly end with the last word of this page. But truly, what does it mean to be a writer? Anyone can strike words down onto a piece of paper, but does that make them a writer? Still, even as I may be verging on the edge of ‘tooting my own horn’ as they say, I want to know if I’ve got it.

My nascent writing career has been bumpy, at best. Yet I want to know more, what it takes to make it as a writer, the adroitness needed to create every masterpiece. Does a writer need only to be passionate about words? How much imagination is truly required? And how much is written based upon something the writer is already familiar with; their own pre-existing scripts for life?

I’ve never thought I was good enough to be successful as a writer. It’s always been cast off as a passion, my true hobby. And yet, I always come back to this familiar place. The one in which all I can envision is myself with a pen and paper, or a computer; the familiar feeling of my fingers across the keys noting each adventure my brain takes us on. It’s the feeling of longing. A longing to truly know, without a semblance of a doubt, what it takes to be a successful writer?

What do you think it takes to make it as a successful writer?

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    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Go for it! and enjoy it! Jump up an down and be energized! Oh, and drink lots of water - it helps your brain - and your heart. Write write write!

    • Briana Faye profile imageAUTHOR

      Briana Faye 

      6 years ago from California

      @Teresa Schultz thank you for making my day with your wonderfully encouraging and inspiring comment! It has always been that my passion for writing is much larger than my confidence level, but you really struck a good point for me. It matters most how my writing touches other, not necessarily how confident I am in what I've created. That means I need to create and share more!

    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Wonderfully written - you ARE a writer. I think what you're looking for, in trying to feel successful as a writer, is recognition. If people enjoy and love your writing, can feel what you or a main character in a story is feeling, can see what you see, can hear what you hear, and they tell you this, you have succeeded. And you do that to me with this piece of writing. Your passion for writing shines through in this hub. You don't need to be all that inspired to write, to take your wonderful thoughts and put them onto paper or online - you need to inspire others - and you do. Um, those were just my thoughts, and I typed them out as they came to me - you don't have to agree! Sharing this hub with my HubPages followers, and voted up and awesome.

    • Briana Faye profile imageAUTHOR

      Briana Faye 

      7 years ago from California

      Thanks Denise! It is exciting, I wholeheartedly agree. I can't wait to discover and experience more adventures of life! :-)

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      This is beautifully said, Briana. I'm happy to be following you. It is exciting, isn't it?-the prospect and mystery of what is waiting for us...the adventure and the discoveries of life. I love it!

      Thanks for the following.


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