I’m proud to say, “I am a writer.”

I subscribe to Joe Bunting’s The Write Practice. He sends me an email everyday on some facet of writing. Today’s was particularly relevant to me since he encouraged his readers to:

“Be brave. Be bold. Claim your title. Say it with me: ‘I am a writer.’”

That’s what I did yesterday while Stewart at the Apple store was helping me set up my new iPhone. When Stewart asked what I did, without hesitation I told him, “I am a writer.” And he wanted to know immediately what I write.


It turns out that I’m still in my poetry practice phase, so I told him I’ve been getting back on my writing feet by writing two or three poems a day using prompts I get online. However, I also shared that I have a published memoir out, Leaving the Hall Light On, and I’m working on a novel. At that point I gave him my author business card.

With that he shared with me that he has a degree in creative writing from a local university. And you guessed it. We were off and running. Within our twenty-thirty minute conversation this young man and I became new best friends.

He told me he’s doing more photography now than writing – he finds it easier. Though he’s worked on a novel he didn’t finish it, and the only writing he does now  is website content for his photography mentor. So, I suggested he start trying to write about the photos he takes. I find that a wonderful practice. In fact, Keith Hamilton and I are working on a book of poetry with images.

I also suggested if he ever get serious about being a writer, to look into technical writing – working on reports, proposals, and even website content. I learned so much about the discipline of writing that way – sitting in the chair every day, working to stringent schedules, how to edit and revise, and making good use of outside reviews. I’m forever beholden to how much I learned from my technical writing days and how easily those skills transferred over to my creative writing life now.

While I doubt I’ll see young Stewart again – unless we bump into each other at the Apple store – when it was time to say goodbye, he said he’d check out my book. He also gave me his personal business card. I hope he does read my book. Perhaps it will inspire him to use the skills he learned in college. Maybe one day he will say, “I am a writer” too.

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