Am I a writer?
For a long time, I laughed at calling myself a writer. I didn’t believe I was good enough. But after a year of blogging here and pitching articles elsewhere, I recently realised that, yes, I’m a writer. I can do it. Write.
Or maybe “multicultural blogger” is a more accurate description of me. A term which I like a lot and it seems to be funkier and catchier than “writer”.
It’s always challenging going after that creative pursuit we’re passionate about, be it writing, making music, photography or painting. Many think we’re wasting our time and crazy for doing what we love because there’s no guarantee – so much uncertainty – we’ll make a living out of it. But it’s never usually about the money for us creative types.
Lately it has been difficult for me to write as I’ve been sick. A relapse of reflux left me literally lying on the bed for a month. There were a few weeks where I thought you wouldn’t see a new blog post on Thursdays. This didn’t happen and I think it’s because I love writing too much.
Not everyone will agree with and appreciate what we create, which is okay since we all have different tastes and perspectives. Sometimes there’ll be vocal naysayers but we need to be thick skinned, listen to constructive criticism and continue to believe in what we do. Last month people trolled my Relationship post, accusing me of being racist. It was an interesting experience moderating and responding to such opinionated comments, learning from those who don’t agree with me.
Then there are some of us creatives who work on our craft at the oddest of hours of the day when inspiration strikes us ever so often. Some baulk at our erratic “work” habits. Article ideas usually hit me late at night, so being unemployed currently is working in my favour. No early nights necessary. Just an earful from my mum to sleep early.
Unemployed. No income. Enjoying writing. Enjoying life.
Uncertainty is scary. But looking at it from different perspectives, uncertainty is also very liberating. During these couple of months job hunting, I’ve realised writing, be it writing for the blog or articles such as The “White” Ethnic Faces In The Australian Media, is something I want to do for the rest of my life, and make a living out of. I’ve also had time to set up a Facebook page and added Why The Blog and The Author pages to the blog, so check them out if you like.
Don’t know where I’m going with the blog and writing. But I’m so much more positive than last year and am hopeful things will fall into place. With hope, anything is possible.
Thank YOU for coming along with me for the ride so far 🙂
Why do you blog? Do you like being creative?