I caught the tail end of Oprah's interview with J.K Rowling. (For those from another planet, she's the author of the Harry Potter books.) This was a chance sort of thing because 1) dislike Oprah and have never watched her show unless forced 2) it wasn't even supposed to be on. I was getting my nails done, and usually get Let's Make a Deal. Harmless fluff. But the station had some technical difficulty, and jumped into this Oprah interview. All that to say, I believe Someone wanted me to hear what she had to say.
Oprah asked her, “Here's the question I'm sure you get everyday. What's next? Will you write again?”
“Of course I'm going to write again. I have to. I can't NOT write! And that's how you know you're really a writer.”
That spells good news for me, because I've been feeling completely frustrated lately, and wondering if I should keep going on this writing journey. One part of my frustration is the lack of time in my day to write. I've tried various means of tweaking my schedule, but inevitably, something steals my time. The bigger part is that as I meet more and more wonderful writers through contests and prompt blogs, I feel less and less capable. I read their short stories and think, “Wow. How did she come up with that? I wouldn't have thought of that at all.” Yet, that writer did. While it's been wonderful, and encouraging, to be invited to join several groups of writers, when I compare myself to them, I'm just not that good.
But J.K Rowling thinks I'm a writer. She said so on national TV. I think what she meant was that I wouldn't have the feelings of frustration at NOT writing if I weren't a writer. Simple as that. So I will push on. I'll will continue to post drafts. I will continue to write poetry. I'll continue to dream
Because I can't NOT write.