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Writing through doubt and fear, and you can, too!

How I Became a Very Productive Writer (and You Can, Too)

What will you do today?

A. Well, I will get up, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, eat, watch TV and go to bed.

What will you do tomorrow?

A. Uhm… what do you mean?

Keep writing

What will you do tomorrow?

A. The same thing.

Okay. So what part of your day matters the most to you? What are you going to create? What are you going to create that will matter tomorrow and the day after that?

A. (Long pause…) I’m not sure.

That’s too bad.

A. What are you going to do today?

Something audacious. I’m going to do my best to connect with others. I want to make a difference in someone’s life today, in a positive and encouraging way. I want to create something meaningful. Really, I want to inspire someone to be more than they ever thought they could be.

A. That sounds remarkable. Who are you? What do you do?

I’m a writer. I write.

A. (Another pause…) I always wanted to be a writer.

All you have to do is write. So write.

A. Yes… Okay… I will! I will write every day.

Good! I look forward to reading what you create, tomorrow.

You can sweep a floor today, which is a good and honorable thing to do, and tomorrow your efforts will be gone and forgotten. Not so with words. Long after we are gone, our words will live on.

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Are you a writer? If so, how about affirming it in the comments. Can you give us a: “Yes, I am a writer!”?

(This post was a transcript of a conversation with Self.)

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Like a good friend, Bryan guides you through the process of facing your inner demons, conquering the craft, and creating work that matters. ―Jeff Goins

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  • I’ve been a writer since I learned how to improperly hold a pen. Always will be. 🙂

    • There’s a proper way to hold a pen?

      • Maretha Botha

        These days holding a pen seems almost to be an obsolete action, but it’s nice to know that there is the thought – “a proper way to hold a pen.”

      • Well, there’s a proper way to hold a pen that doesn’t give you callouses. 😀

  • Kimosphere

    Yes I am a writer!! When asked what I do at parties I am l can honestly say, “I’m a writer.” Why? Because I WRITE…on a regular basis!!

    • Exactly!

    • Maretha Botha

      Yes, writing on a regular basis makes us “writers”. However, it would be lovely to be remembered for what I wrote – really that there are readers out there who might actually benefit from my writing – that would be the cherry on top for me. 🙂

  • Melissa Kust

    Yes I am a writer!!!

  • Kathy

    I can say I’m a writer as I continue to put my pen to paper to create words that make sense to me. It may not be pretty, but I’m learning to hone this creative venture of writing.

  • Excellent advice, and something I’ve been telling students for years! Thanks for the reminder!

  • Of course I’m a writer. The rest is just that each day starting is “getting on the Scary Bicycle” and knowing I never forget how to hold on.

  • Benton Moore

    Yes, I am a writer!!

  • Yes, I’m a writer. I’ve already worked on my novel one hour today + written one guest post. I must now go do “pay the bills” stuff, but will try to squeeze in more writing later today.

    • Yours is next. You’re a writer’s writer, I tell you what.

  • Krithika Rangarajan

    Yes, I am a writer <3 #HUGS

  • crazyhawk

    Yes, I am a writer. Although I have not been published I write every day.

  • Pat Marinelli

    Yes, I am a writer!

  • Yes! I am a writer!!!

  • Loved As If

    Yes! I am a writer. Before I learned to write, I was a writer.

  • What a motivating post. Love this 🙂 I am a writer!

  • Yes, I am a writer! Loved this.

  • Yes, count me in too! I’m a writer!!!!

  • Me, too! Yes, I am a writer! 🙂 Who’s next?

  • Helen Upshall

    I write I’m a writer. I write poetry I’m a poet

  • Roxie

    The writer/poet in me is busting out!

  • Maretha Botha

    Despite the ups and downs which I’m sure we all have on a fairly regular basis, writing gives me direction and a reason to get up in the morning. Sometimes I write drafts only and refer back to them months later. The obstacle is not in writing,but in deciding whether to publish anything. Does anyone else feel the same way?

  • I love this! 🙂 Too often we get caught up in our everyday habits and forget to sit down and create something. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Ancel Mondia

    Good day, Mr. Hutchinson! If you have the time, may you take a look at my writings at ancelmariem.wordpress.com? I would like to know what you think about them. 🙂

  • Christina Lawrence-Eklund

    Yes, I am a writer! Very excited to be able to inspire others with my words. Thanks for this post, Bryan!