To me writing has been about long nights, staring at a white screen covered in little words. It’s been about talking about who I am, who I’m not and all the little things in between. I’ve suffered through all of it. A writer’s suffering is their guide to what they should write.
My discovery started a few weeks ago with my post about anger. I knew with that post I’d discovered my voice, then last week with the Path of the Writer based on the Eightfold Path of Buddhism I truly found my topic, Incorporating Buddhist teachings into my blog posts, I’ll talk more about this on Wednesday.
This week it continues with The Four Truths of Being a Writer based on The Four Noble Truths. The Four Truths of Being a Writer had to be broken into a two-part series since they can’t be explained in one post with out it being over 500 words, which is my limit for blog posts.
Here is The First Truth of Being a Writer:
- Every writer suffers. Some suffer too little, others too much, but each of us suffer in our own way. It’s through our suffering we discover our writing voice.
- In our suffering we find out who we are. It’s in this self-discovery we truly find what we’re should write. Chasing the current trend isn’t what you should do, your writing is yours. In the beginning of our writing we try to emulate others as we learn, it’s only after finding our voice we discover what we’re meant to write.
The Second Truth of Being a Writer:
- The cause of our suffering is the delusion that we’re going to be rich by writing. This delusion is helped by our own mind telling us that we can do what other authors like J.K. Rowling, E.L. James, Stephenie Meyer and other writers who seem to come out of nowhere and make their money and become famous.
- These authors didn’t chase the current trend, they made the trend their writing because they believed enough in their writing. Chasing the current trend will not be honoring who we are and not being faithful to ourselves and what we choose to write about.
- Being faithful to our voice and our writing is more important than chasing the current trend. We must use our suffering as writers and as humans to write something that will help people, move people and for the betterment of society.
Think of the first book that moved you to be a writer, that’s what I mean by the Betterment of Society. It’s writing that moves people which brings about the most comfort to your readers. If you can move your readers, you will get a lot of them.
Are you following these two Truths of Being a Writer? Answer in the comments.