Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Calling to Write

One of the books I read when I was a little girl was a Readers' Digest Condensed version of Through the Narrow Gate, the story of a girl who decided to enter a convent and then later leave it again. It's been years since I read it so I might not be getting all the details right, but she felt called to become a nun, and then later, felt called to reenter the outside world. She has since become an expert on world religion and lived a remarkable life.

I've been thinking about "callings" today. Some people think of a "calling" as an angelic voice from on high with trumpets and crashing symbols and a thundering voice telling us what to do, and in truth, sometimes we're so reluctant to hear that it does take something pretty dramatic to get our attention. I believe, though, that most of the things we should do are spoken to us softly, without all the fanfare. 

Writing is one of those things.

You've felt that urge to write, or you wouldn't be reading this blog. You've felt stories inside you, you've heard characters talk to you. You see the world through the lens of books, and that's how you know you've been called to write - because the urge is there.

Don't ever question if you're supposed to be a writer. You know you've be less of yourself if that spark wasn't inside you. Don't let the haters talk you out of doing something you love. Don't let the critics keep you from growing and progressing. 

This is you. This is who you are supposed to be. And as for the rest of it, you'll figure that out as you go.

Keep writing, keep being yourself. It's a beautiful thing. 

7 comments:

Pam Williams said...

Thanks, Tristi. Think I'll print this out and post it on my bulletin board for easy reference.

M. R. Buttars said...

Thanks so much, Tristi. This was just the boost I needed after the past couple weeks. :)

Laura Josephsen said...

Thank you for this. :) :)

Canda said...

Nice reminder, Tristi!

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Gussie said...

What an uplifting post! Thanks for sharing this. I printed the paragraph that begins, "Don't ever question if you're supposed to be a writer." I have it taped near my computer to remind me to keep writing.

Shannon said...

Love this post!

I've always been frustrated w/ people who say that writing is a "calling" to them, because I've never felt like that, only that I absolutely LOVE to write, so I write.

Thanks for sharing this inspiring post.