Am I a Writer?

I’ve talked long and often about wanting to become a writer. However, it’s a common aphorism: “Actions speak louder than words.”

If “actions speak louder than words,” then it’s been clear for most of the past seven years that I actually have no intention of being a writer.

Writers write.

I make excuses for why I’m too busy or too tired or too something else to be able to write. I haven’t been a writer for the last seven years, though I’ve definitely flirted with the possibility in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021.

  • 2017 — Quit working at Walgreens to finish editing and publish Stranded, in the name of becoming a “full-time writer.”
  • 2018 — Wrote the first half of Stronger than Sin [forthcoming] during NaNoWriMo.
  • 2019 — Finished the rough draft of Stronger than Sin [forthcoming] in March, and wrote the first half/third of Switched [forthcoming] during NaNoWriMo.
  • 2021 — Finished the rough draft of Switched [forthcoming] in June.

And here I am at almost the end of summer 2022, and I have nothing to show for it. I intended to finish editing both of the “forthcoming” novels above this summer, but in reality, life got in the way (see my post next Friday–2022/07/29–for an explanation).

But one thing I have become convinced of over the summer is that talk is cheap.

I can talk about wanting to be a full-time writer until the day I die, or I can make a plan to actually achieve this goal.

So I did.

It starts with committing to at least an hour of writing a day (5 hours a week at least). One of these days will be almost exclusively committed to blog-related writing. As such, today I am drafting the three posts I will release next week, and next Friday I will do the same for the following week.

The other four days will be committed to bigger projects. Novels, theological treatises, etc. Fiction will be my primary focus four days a week because fiction is where the money to support my family most likely lies.

But in case you are only interested in certain blog content from me, this is my proposed posting schedule:

  • Mondays: an exposition of a book of the Bible (currently in Revelation)
  • Wednesdays: musings on writing
  • Fridays: musings on Christianity — focused primarily on elucidating the theme of this blog

All three of these topics fit into the theme of this blog. The Bible is where we learn about God and the Christian life God expects us to live, so the more we understand the Bible, the better we can love God and follow Him by imitating Him. Writing is a way in which we imitate God–He created the world, and we create worlds when we write. Christianity is all about love, so making this connection crystal clear is essential.

Now I know that you’re probably thinking, “You’ve made these proposed blog schedules before. Why won’t this one crash like the others?”

I’m not going to potentially lie and say it won’t, but I am going to say that I want to be a writer. I want to support my family through my writing. As such, I must write. If I make plans to write, I am more likely to write.

(One exception I can foresee in the near future is my family planning on moving; when this happens, I’ll probably miss a week, and when we drive up north to retrieve our cats, I can also foresee myself failing to blog the following week; but the intention is weekly, regular, disciplined writing.)

Writers write.

Am I actually a writer?

In this with you.

Soli Deo Gloria

Thanks for reading.

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