Who Are You? Discovering Your Inner Writer

questionby Catherine L. Tully

This is a test…

What do you love?

Why am I asking you this? Because it can help you find what you are looking for in writing. Here’s the quote that got me started on this:

β€œThe things that we love tell us what we are.”
-St. Thomas Aquinas

And if you want to be a writer, there’s no better way to wind up in the right spot than to know what you love to write about.

When you first start out as a freelance writer it’s all about trying to get established. Making sure you can pay the bills and building your portfolio are all-important, and often all-consuming tasks. While this can’t really be helped (everybody pays their dues in one way or another), once you head down the freelance writing path a bit, you might want to start thinking about who you are as a writer.

Or, at least, who you would like to be.

Here are a few simple ways to go about that:

  • Keep a list of your favorite magazines. This will help you see themes and overall subject matter.
  • Be aware when writing. Keep an eye out for times when writing is a pleasure instead of merely a job.
  • Journal. A professional journal is a great tool for learning more about yourself, your work preferences and your likes/dislikes.

I’m going to toss this out to the readers now…

How did you discover your inner writer? Any tips you’d like to share?

3 thoughts on “Who Are You? Discovering Your Inner Writer”

  1. My blog definitely helped establish not only what I love but also how I express that love. Something I have not done that you mention is keep a journal. I really need to get on that. Although the blog is a great journal of my thoughts, it’s definitely not all inclusive because I don’t like sharing everything. Just some.

  2. I agree with your point to keep an eye out for times when writing is a pleasure instead of merely a job. When I write about something I’m passionate about, the words just flow as if they are being drawn out of me. There is no struggle. It’s a beautiful thing when it happens.

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