What I Know Is…: Reflections on Being a Writer

13 thoughts on “What I Know Is…: Reflections on Being a Writer”

  1. You are brilliant, Sablefoot! Congratulations! I’ll comment publicly, but just wanted to send you a big WOOOOOO-FUCKING-HOOOOOOOO! You rock, badass feminist sister. xoxo

    On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM, Tammy Salyer


      1. Holy smokes! How did that happen?! I thought I was emailing you and somehow it ended up here! Regardless, the sentiment would be same, although a tad more measured on my part. 😉 And thank you for the shout-out. Only we writers can sympathize with the pain of a creation or writing-free day. A singular kind of suffering. Here’s to your Book III and my Book II, strength to our pens and creative brains! xoxoxo


  2. Thank you so much for posting this. As I am reading this, it has been a few days since I last wrote something (a blog or an essay or a share of thought that is) & honestly I feel left out & I feel like I am doing nothing with my life. I want to write something, but I just can’t. My brain just won’t pump out its excrement of thoughts & ideas, it is constipated. I really enjoyed reading this & I thank you so much. Now, I truly know I am a writer, simply because I love writing. Keep safe & stay awesome! 🙂


  3. You’re so right about only feeling like we are full members of the human race when we are actually, physically writing. It’s sad sometimes. This afternoon, I had this beautiful moment between the rush of afternoon chores and the beginning of cooking dinner when I just got to sit quietly on the couch and savor the twilight. It was a great moment. And it inspired me to write a few sentences, which may eventually become a piece of flash nonfiction. The sad part is that it was only once I was *writing* about the experience that I felt like it was truly worthwhile. Maybe it’s not as sad as all that, but somewhere in me is the feeling that non-writers can just enjoy such experiences without feeling like they have to write them down to deserve them.


    1. Hi Sharon, Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Writing is most certainly a habit, and it can become all-consuming if we don’t watch out. Like in everything, we have to strive to find our balance. But if it feels good, do it!


  4. Wonderful post. Sometimes writers talk about why they write, and I don’t see myself in their words at all. I feel like I could have written this. Nice to discover a kindred sister. (Also, March marks my 1.5 year mark.) 🙂


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