What is Writing to You?


I like to expand on a recent poll I posted (Your Writing) where I asked how you viewed your writing.  Most chose “other” or “none of these.”  which I thought was interesting. Actually, I was surprised as I’d thought many would choose “gift” or “calling” or even “a way to make a living.”  I was wrong.

Again, interesting.

Here I’m going to briefly look at each of the viewpoints I had listed; this is my perspective of them which you may see in an entirely different way.  If so, I love to hear it!


You see writing as a gift:  per Dictionary.com, gift is defined as “a special ability or capacity; natural endowment; talent.” It’s something that comes almost naturally, or it is almost an instinct within you that you must do or act upon.  It’s something you want to embrace or nurture, and then share with the world.

You see writing as a calling: again per Dictionary.com, calling is defined as “a strong impulse or inclination.”  This is something that you can’t or shouldn’t plan for.  It’s just happens, or is just there.  Another way to figure out what you may be called to do is look at your life and experiences, and see what common themes keep popping up.  And because of these, you find yourself strongly drawn to something or somewhere specific.

You see writing as a burden: Writing is something you feel you must do, and when you’re not able, you feel so frustrated and pent up.  It becomes a painful load that threatens to overwhelm you with depression and despair.  You begin to wish you never have to write in order to feel relief.

You see writing as a way to make a living: You may have some of the above or none…but you desire to use writing in order to make enough money so you can leave that job you hate, or fulfill that desire or dream of becoming a full-time professional writer.


Personally, I see my writing as a gift and a burden; but, I am still trying to find my calling.

What about you?