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The Sometimes Writer

Sometimes, I'm a writer.

I plan and imagine. Create and map out. I spend hours with my fingers on the keyboard click-click-clicking away.

But sometimes I like to be a designer from Project Runway (or just a woman with a cheap sewing machine, a Mc Calls pattern, and some clearance fabric from

Sometimes I spend weeks working my way through Pinterest boards of dinner recipes, all natural cleaning solutions, and decorating in my random and usually unsuccessful attempts at being a stay-at-home goddess.

Sometimes I realize that I'm thirty and I still flounder around, collecting new interests and hobbies like other people collect those creepy clown figurines (seriously, guys. Those are creepy.)

And all those other sometimes mean that sometimes I won't even open a Word document for weeks. That used to make me think I wasn't a real writer, or that writing wasn't as important to me as it should be. But then I realized that just because I wasn't sitting in front of a Post It Note flow chart or packing away a good 2K of new words every night it didn't mean I wasn't a writer. The stories I worked on still floated around in my head. In fact it's usually during one of my little writing vacations when I'll suddenly realize I've solved some major snag that had held me up for so long. I didn't write for several months at one point, only to return to whip out an entire first draft in a matter of days. After a lot of frustration and annoyance with myself, I finally realized that I'm a Sometimes Writer. That I sort a lot of things out in my head before I put it on paper--and that's perfectly okay. Everyone has their own process, and the quicker you come to terms with it, the better you can use it to your advantage.

What kind of process do you have? Are you super organized? Write a little everyday? Or do you take some time off here and there to figure things out?
Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. I'm in the same boat! Except I also have three small children, so I'm running after them most of the day. But once they're in bed ... time to write! Although recently I've hit writing/editing burnout, so I've been drawing a lot. It's a habit that's worked well for me for years.

  2. Great post. I always feel like maybe I'm not a "serious" enough writer because I don't write novels in a month like others do. It's posts like these that remind me that I have to do it my way, not someone else's way.

  3. Thank you for this! You hear so many people say you must write everyday that I feel guilty if I even miss one!

  4. A fabulous and completely relatable post -- thanks for sharing so many things I've thought myself. Especially the "real writer" part!

  5. This is a great post. I think I'm a sometimes writer, too. I have too many "always" things that my time goes to. But when I do make writing a priority , I'm always glad.

  6. Since I'm one of those "young" writers who still leans into writing-as-therapy more than I want to, when I can't "find myself" or my life gets complicated, that's when my (physical) writing goes on the shelf.

    I over-think so much that once I'm past the "don't edit, just write" stage I flounder a bit.

    Yeah, it makes me question if I'm a writer-- makes me wish we could use some other word, or expand the definition. After all, "Writers write," and that's why we question our writer-status.

    Sometimes I try "storyteller," but in our culture that has such a (deceptively) simple association it doesn't convey enough, either.

  7. This so describes me too. Awesome post. Glad I'm not alone!

  8. This is something I've been worrying about lately - am I still a writer if I don't write everyday or even every week?

    There's so many authors who blitz out a new novel twice a year whereas it takes me months and months to reach the end of a first draft. I constantly compare myself to these authors and I feel like I'm not as good as these 'real' writers and that I'm only playing pretend.

    So thank you for sharing this post and showing that I'm not the only one.

  9. Oh goodness, I am definitely a sometimes writer, and I always feel so guilty/ashamed about it! Good to know I'm not alone.

  10. I think our trouble as sometimes writers is that other people's processes make us feel inadequate. It's not about us all writing the same way. It's about us all writing. In the end, if we all have reached our goal, that's what matters.

    I juggle illustration with writing and sometimes feel like I have to choose between labeling myself an illustrator or a writer. I am both and that's a great thing. There are many other things I do as well, just like all of us. We aren't just one thing.

  11. I think each persons writing process is unique to them and we all have to do what works for us. Personally, I don't like to force my writing because I noticed that when I do I create a lot of crap that I'll have to re-write at a later date. I like to let my mind do what it has to and when it's ready to tackle a project, it'll get on it. But let me tell you, once I am ready to get to work, I get to work!!!


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