write now

Writers Write

Even after I made the jump to writing full-time, I found it weird to call myself ‘a writer’. Why? Because the title felt like it held so much weight. Because it’s a dream job to me. Because it puts me in what I consider to be incredible company–the likes of Tolkien, Gaiman, Hemingway, Salinger, King, Rowling, Butcher, Millar and more.

Because it means something. And it should. Writers should think a lot of their craft. It should be a big deal to you to wear the title.

That said, if you write, you’re a writer. Period. You don’t have to author “Hills Like White Elephants”. You just have to write. That’s it. Conversely, if you fancy calling yourself a writer and you don’t write, cut it out. Now. Writers write.

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, not because I object to the idea, but because so many make lofty goals they know they won’t follow through on. The resolution is little more than a form of absolution. It’s cheap therapy. You feel a bit better about yourself because for a little while you can take comfort in your grand plan–even if you know in your heart of hearts that it’s all bullshit.

But resolutions, when acted on, can be powerful. You don’t even have to wait for New Year’s to roll around.

So I’d like to humbly suggest a resolution for all writers and would-be writers out there: write. If you’re not already writing and you want to be, write. If you are writing, keep at it. Carve out time for it. You know your schedule. You know what you can manage. Don’t set a goal you can’t/won’t keep, but do set a goal. Set it and keep it.

Write.

That’s what makes one a writer. In 2015, claim the title. In 2015, write.

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About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

4 Responses to write now

  1. P. C. Zick says:

    Writers write. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Keep on keepin’ on. Yup.

    Liked by 1 person

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