If Writing Was a Choice – OHE Giveaway

If writing was a choice I wouldn’t have obsessed about it since I was eight years old. I just didn’t believe I could be a writer, at least not after the person that was supposed to believe in me acted like it was something that was too hard, took too long and I just wasn’t cut out for it. Thankfully I don’t believe that anymore.

true-secret-coverThe giveaway today is the new book by Natalie Goldberg, The True Secret of Writing: Connecting life with language. I greatly admire Natalie Goldberg and how she had the courage to teach writing classes before she was a published writer; how she sold a page of prose at fairs for a dollar to anyone that wanted it before she was published. She just kept writing until she sold her first book and became an author. She kept doing what she loved no matter what.

Many people say that when they retire, or when I make enough money, or (insert excuse here) I will be a writer. You don’t hear writer’s saying they want to be something or someone else. They write because they don’t have a choice but to write. If they don’t write they are thinking about writing. If they don’t write they have an ache, an emptiness inside of them that just can’t be filled by anything else no matter what they do.

Here is what I wrote in my journal about this question:

If writing was a choice…

I wouldn’t lose large blocks of time while I was writing.

I wouldn’t forget to eat because I was so into my flowing words everything else melts away.

I wouldn’t have so many pens.

I wouldn’t have bought all the books on writing and books for research as I have over the years.

My head wouldn’t be filled with all of these words that insist on pouring out of me and onto the page.

If writing was a choice, I wouldn’t be me.

I learned about the essence of writing from Natalie Goldberg’s books. They nurtured me in a way that my family never could. Meet Natalie talking about writing and the place she fell in love with the moment she saw it.


I also speak about Natalie Goldberg and writing on the MuseCraft website here.
So tell me, if writing was a choice… what would you or wouldn’t you be doing? Write your answers in the comments below and enter to win Natalie’s latest book.
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  1. I honestly can’t figure out what I’d be doing if I wasn’t writing – aside from working a day job to pay bills. It’s not a choice for me. And if it was… I can’t fathom that so I have no idea how to answer that.

  2. If writing was a choice, I’d be free from this insanity. If writing was a choice, I wouldn’t agonize over my characters and the stupid decisions they make. If writing was a choice, I wouldn’t be scared of big days at work, knowing that I wouldn’t get my writing time in that day.

    But then again, even if writing was a choice, I’d probably do it anyway.

    • Brett, I can really relate to what you wrote. I get really worried when I’m about to have a big, busy day because I’m not sure I’ll get to fit in my writing. So glad I’m not the only one who worries about that!

      • Oh, I worry about that all the time! That’s why I tend to get up around 6-6:30 and write then! Of course, that doesn’t happen half as much as it should… I’m usually too exhausted!

        • I’m always too exhausted to get up earlier than I have to (6:30 is get up to go to work time), so I started a practice of writing two sentences of my story before I go to bed if I haven’t gotten in any other writing time. It makes me feel so much better to get in at least that little bit. It also makes me feel better because I know I’ll be able to do at least that much even on a busy day, so I don’t worry so much about losing my writing time and losing the flow of my story.

  3. Brett, could you supplement your computer writing with a notebook of stuff that gets entered into the computer when you have more time? Or even index cards which can sometimes be easier to leave out and have easy access to.

  4. If writing were a choice, I’d still be happily retired, wondering what to do with my days. Now my day is filled with writerly things- writing, reading inspiring writers, learning about writing, editing, publishing. Damn this writing passion of mine!!

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