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  • I call myself a writer, but I haven't written (by my definition) in several years. When I say I write, I mean I write for business. I haven't written creatively in years. I got in the way.

    Writing has always come easily to me. I wrote my first story at the age of 7. My childhood and teen years were a series of works, ranging from the comical to the truly awful. I enjoyed the creation process thoroughly, but realized I was not producing great works. I began to doubt myself, and stopped writing.

    Then I started, quite by accident, what I think of as my magnum opus -- a story spawned by a writing assignment in college. The main character has stuck with me for nearly two decades. She just won't shut up. Still, I haven't gotten very far with her tale; it changes as I age, though she stays the same. I worry I'm trying to change her, as I change, so I haven't written any of it down.

    Also, I didn't think her tale worthy of a magnum opus. If I'm only going to have one great work in me, it should rock. This book...well, it isn't going to change anyone's life.

    So I wrote other things. I wrote posts on social networking sites. I wrote essays in my journal. I wrote letters to my unborn daughter. And I felt guilty for not working on something worthwhile.

    Last night, I realized I've never stopped writing. Further, I realized that rather than needing to write something, I now simply need to write. For the joy of it. Like I used to when I was a kid.

    Once again, I feel comfortable calling myself a writer. Even if I never publish a thing.
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