February 24, 2017

You Are A Writer


Dear Writers,

Yes, I’m talking to you.

I’m talking to all of you today because YOU ARE writers.

All of you.

Even before being a marketer, you’re a writer. I want you to stop denying this fact, and realize that you’re a writer. Don’t fight it anymore.

You do what writers the world over do. I know you do. I do it too, and we’re not much different from one another.

You live like a writer. You think like a writer. You walk through your life paying attention – seeing things – like a writer.

Take what I saw today as an example…

I saw a homeless woman taking a paper plate out from her long black, dirty trench coat, and putting cat food on it. Then placing it on a stone wall. From all around came swarms of homeless cats. Then a blue bus pulled up, which blocked my view so I could no longer see. When the bus pulled away, she was gone. But the swarm of cats were all eating.

That’s the kind thing you notice as well. You might not write it down, but you “see.”

You notice the little details of life. You pay attention. You collect those details. These are stories from your life. These are the ideas of your life. Write–it–down!

As writers we don’t just live differently, we also write differently.

Because you know that writing starts with planning. It starts with thinking, “How am I going to make this into the best possible story that I can write?”

(Or perhaps it’s an essay, or editorial. It can be a blog post or sales letter. Even video).

And you mull over one possibility after another in your mind before you even begin to write. In doing so, your paper gets filled with little “scratches.” Or your word document starts to have loose lines here and there that you aren’t sure how to fit together – yet.

As you begin to write, you draft fast and furious. You write up a storm just like I do, and writers the world over do too.

Also like writers the world over, you know it’s important to pause and REVISE – to pull back and literally read your writing. And ask yourself what is good here that you can build on, and what is not so good here that you can fix?

I’m talking to you because you’re a writer. And I’m a writer. So let’s honor it.

Today if you’ll allow yourself to accept one thing… It’s this…

Honor your own writing. Think of yourself as a writer.

Now go spin those golden threads!

About Eric Walker


Eric is an 80/20 Marketing staff member and marketing collaborator. He spends his days writing content and copy for a marketing purpose. Eric is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. If you have a question, and/or would like to communicate with Eric directly, email Eric@8020MarketingInc.com

Comments

  1. Eric you described the process perfectly.
    The process… it can create so much beauty in the world, yet be so painful at times.
    As I read your article I found myself drifting in and out of scenarios where I’ve experienced everything you described. In that, we can all find a wonderful commonality that connects us all at a core level.

    Thank You Eric… for being a writer and honoring the art.
    ~Richard

    • Well Richard YOU are a true artist, at least that’s my impression from having the wonderful opportunity of getting to know you over the last couple years. So thank you.

      But yeah… I think this process I write of here is something that is accessible to EVERYONE. It’s akin to finding one’s voice, and finding one’s voice I believe is paramount as it relates to successfully marketing one’s products, services or biz opp.

      Appreciate your comment.

  2. This article is so true. Writing is involved in everything we do, constantly. I’m in the field of pubic safety, and I’m constantly amazed at how poorly so much of the population writes. It’s truly a shame more people don’t take their English classes more seriously in school.

    People don’t have to know the formal definitions of the various English and grammar terms, but they should be able to form reasonable sentences. And people would talk better if they were able to write better, which would improve communication all the way around.

    Eric, thanks for this great blog post. I read your work here consistently, and I always come away from the time spent here with a new nugget of wisdom to apply in my own life. Thank you for taking the time that you do to enrich all of us!

    ~ Barry

  3. Hi Eric, Great article. I write a lot of emails and other correspondence on my job, but writing a blog is so different. It’s a whole different thought process. I’m trying to remember to write down those random thoughts and capturing ideas for my next blog post. Thanks for the timeliness of this as well!
    Ann

  4. Thanks Eric for a very inspiring post on writing. I read someone’s email recently in which he refuted the concept of having a natural talent and this is so true about writing, writers are made not born!

    You are so right about insisting on the “pause and REVISE” step in the writing process and as Barry above said, there are too many badly written blogs. It isn’t always due to poor education but a lack of attention to details and failure to use online tools such as spell-checkers. As a non-native English speaker and writer ;-), I am even more careful.

  5. I am trying to get jobs as a freelance writer. I need experience for the higher paying jobs. I have one year in as a writer for Associated Content, but they don’t pay a lot. I have to get a lot of hits to earn. I am applying everywhere I can think of to earn more money. Can anyone give me links to real ones that hire newbies, so I can get more experience and get my writing career going?

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