I feel everything. It’s part of the reason that I shield myself from indulging in the news or too much of woke Twitter. I literally can’t take it. Some of us feel everything. Every part of the anguish, the frustration, and devastation that this world has to offer. Remember the film adapted from the book “The Secret Life of Bees?” May Boatwright was the youngest sister that was so burdened by the traumas of the world that it eventually led to her death. In that light, it may seem like empathy is crippling, but I believe as writers, it’s our superpower.
This past weekend on my webinar about the 5 Things Holding Your Writing Back, one of the first things we discussed was our definition of a writer. So many times I hear people say, “But I’m not a writer.” This leads me to believe that many of us have some type of idea in our head of what being a writer really means. Maybe someone lead you to believe that it was this lofty, super introspective, and deep title, but I want to challenge you to throw out whatever preconceptions you have about what being a writer actually means.