I signed up for this thing called #reverb10. A month full of prompts guided to help me reflect on this past year and focus on goals for the next.
December 1: Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing, and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)
One of the three main terms I used to describe myself is as a writer. However, in a recent email discussion with Dani regarding my resume, I shouldn’t start off with me as a writer since that’s not where my focus is right now. I can’t be a writer without writing.
I can’t be [something] without doing [something].
Now, I do indeed blog and have even written creatively some in the last month… But I don’t necessarily feel like a writer any more. Everything has gotten in the way of that goal. I’ve, yet again, put aside any attempts or dreams of getting my MFA in Creative Writing. I’m not seeking out editing positions. And well, let’s face it, I barely touched my NaNo story after the second week. At most, I blog.
However, being a writer isn’t the be all-end all for me. Who I am is much more than a writer. If you read any description I write of myself, it always starts “Writer. Designer. Awesome Rock Star.” And it’s those three pieces that encompass who I am right now — or at least who I’m trying to be. The simple fact is, I’m still being creative. Hell, I’m getting paid for it. In my opinion, working on any creative project, whether it’s the main task at hand or not, is still being creative. Creative productivity of any kind is still productivity. I still see it as moving forward.
Writing will always be a part of who I am. I don’t see this shift of focus to be of any harm because it’s still a creative focus. Come 5, 10 years down the road, I still hope to describe myself by those three attributes — whether I’m still a designer, a writer, or if I’ve opened up my own cafe & bar/venue combo that’s been a not-so secret dream of mine.
I’m a writer, designer, and an awesome rock star. Who are you?