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I’m a Writer?

December 2, 2010 4 comments

Day 2 of #reverb10 and here I am with another entry. I’m 100% so far!

December 2Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

I initially wasn’t going to write to this prompt. I don’t consider myself a writer. The last time I wrote any (really lousy) fiction was over ten years ago. I sometimes write articles for my company’s newsletter about technical agronomy topics like optimum nitrogen use rates (which most of my customers promptly ignore, and go on putting out the same N rate they have for thirty years), tissue testing for micronutrients, and the care and adjustment of corn planter meters. But does that make me a writer? I’ve never really thought so. My friends Maggie and Beth are writers.  John Scalzi‘s a writer. Neil Gaiman? Oh, yeah, definitely a writer. Me? I’m an agronomist.

By the way, don’t tell my alma mater I just linked to Iowa State University, okay? Gotta admit that they have a cool url, though.

But there’s room in my life for writing, even though I’m not a writer, isn’t there? I’m pretty sure there is. So maybe that’s the impediment to my writing: the fact that I don’t think I can do it. I don’t have to consider myself a Writer to be able to sit down for a half hour and sling some words together. I shouldn’t to be intimidated by the fact that I read a lot of bloggers who I think are Doing It Better Than I Ever Could.  So that’s what’s next–taking the viewpoint that I have to offer, and writing it down. It can’t be that hard, can it?

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