How Do You Know If You’re a Writer?

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 Solitude

In solitude

she sifts silence

searching for insights

from a marsh of memories

within each of life’s stages

 penning prayers and praise

 tucking each thought

word by word

phrase by phrase

onto pages.

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Wendy ❀ 2015

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The trumpeter swans have been elusive this winter.

I’m hoping for more opportunities to take pictures of them.

But it’s still early.

(These pictures are of Lazo Marsh.)

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It’s still early

in my writing world too.

I used to ask,

“How do you know if you’re a writer?”

My favorite answer is,

“Because you write.”

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I’ve passed that test.

I crave to write—daily.

(Over thirty years worth of journals occupy my shabby-chic trunk.)

But on today’s writing road,

there are even more tests

 a writer needs to pass

 if  she wants to be traditionally published.

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Like any entrepreneur,

 she must strive to improve her craft.

Pianists practice.

Athletes exercise.

And  writers write.

She also needs to read widely,

seek critiques,

edits,

and so much more.

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How do I know if I’m a writer?

I write.

 I’m going to keep writing.

And I hope you keep doing what you love to do too.

(I also hope you’ll check out my Goodreads link at the bottom of this page.)

Maybe we could be friends on Goodreads?

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One of the books I reviewed is Sarah Loudin Thomas’ novella,

Appalachian Serenade.

It’s available as a free download (click the title to go to Sarah’s website).

It was a delightful read, and I gave it 5 stars.

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I love downloading free sample chapters off Amazon too,

and when I find one I love I buy the book or put it on my wish list.

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Writer Blessings ~ Wendy  ❀

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Have you discovered any great books after reading a sample first?

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P.S. —Did you know God appreciates writers too?

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“This is what the LORD,

the God of Israel says:

Write in a book

all the words I have spoken to you…”

 Jeremiah 30:2

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Don’t worry.

I don’t ever plan on telling an agent, editor, or a publisher

that God told me to write a book.

(And besides, it was my husband who suggested it.)

And I’m so glad he did.

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