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To Write Or Not To Write

Most writers and bloggers are often burdened with the need to continually write in order to retain the names. Do you stop being a writer if you haven’t written in a while or will the articles or books written in the past continue to ‘speak’ for you even if you don’tΒ write again, in your life time? Well, your guess is as good as mine; I have no idea. Should you continue to write to remain a writer or do you move on to other ‘pressing issues’ and yet retain the prestigious title? What if you suddenly lose interest or your expectations weren’t met so you quit, art thou still a writer? Or will you rather hold on and continue scribbling so you can proudly be called a writer?. Same goes with blogging: are you still a blogger even if you’ve not written a blog post in the last two months? You might be wondering why these questions are coming. Well, these thoughts have been on my mind for some time and I thought I could ask the ‘experts’ Do you have any answer to my questions? Please share your opinions in the comments.

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24 thoughts on “To Write Or Not To Write”

  1. Writing is of those skills like riding a bike; you never forget, though you can atrophy on the level/language.

    Because art is from the heart, stepping away will not kill it; in many cases, stepping away can enhance it. There’s always a need to learn and explore. Putting pen to paper is just translation of the experience.

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  2. A writer is not necessarily only a person who is currently writing, but a writer is a person who has written something, somewhere, sometime, and has the possibility of writing again, something, somewhere, sometime. The breaks we take in-between are but times of refreshment, or reflection, or contemplation, or…or…or…

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  3. Hope, I believe that writers are born with a ‘gift’ for a more deeper and meaningful means of expression- I’m sort of an introvert, but when I write, I come alive with expression of purpose and passion- that was told to me when I was a young woman searching for meaning and direction with my creativity:)

    No matter how long a writer takes on sabbatical from his/her gift, that true writer will return to it in some shape, form or fashion. I know, in June, I took a 2 month hiatus from writing because of medical conditions and a perceived disillusion with what I was reading. I’m back, on medication for sure, but back to continue on in my passion of writing- and I’m betting you and other “writers” and “bloggers” will do the same.

    Thanks for liking my post today!

    Peace & blessings,
    Clara

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  4. Fellow blogger (writingforselfdiscovery) wrote I love to sit ,ponder ,daydream and calls it. “sacred Idleness” She said she use to get in trouble for this as a child, yet now knows when she is “not writing” she is opening herself to the stillness within and creativity

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  5. I think when we have no wants or needs to our writing it allows us to write when we are in the flow. I am inspired by the connections to others to read. So if I do not read for awhile am I still a reader The answer is YES! Heart to Heart to you and all of your amazing inspired writings!!

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  6. I have been thinking of you for sometime. I noticed a change. Dylan Thomas had writers block for a few years. He went to his writing studio every day in those years. Just show up. I believe you can call yourself a writer whether you write daily or not for some years. When I write for a deadline, for someone else, I write and meet my responsibility. Blogging, I have to set my own deadlines. I find myself doing avoidance activities like laundry, walking the dogs, or knitting when I plan to write but it’s just not the right time for me. You might try journal writing, anything that comes out, without editing, without intention to publish. I don’t play my violin or piano often, hardly at all for months now, but I am still a violinist, just not practicing right now. I am a skier, even when I am not skiing. Trust yourself and don’t over think it.

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  7. These are good questions which I too have struggled with from time to time but i feel that even when I write something as mundane as an office e-mail or memo or a note to my son reminding him to turn off our patio lights before he turns in, I’m still being a writer. It just means that even though I may not have been able to publish anything specifically on my blog for that day the words visited me anyways πŸ™‚

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    1. Really:-)
      I didn’t know that writing emails and notes were part of the game.
      Then there’s no need to complain about writers block, just write to friends and loved ones when unsure of what to write on the blog, and that’s it!
      Great tips πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  8. I used to ask these questions too. Came to a conclusion- You’re a writer as long as you keep scribbling words, no matter whether they make sense or not. 😌 Because “writer’s block” is dangerously real.

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