There are steps to being a writer-
A- Write. To write you must put pen to paper or charcoal to shovel or pencil to paper bag. You must actually complete the act. Random paragraphs, love letters, beginning pages and happy endings get you close to being a real writer. Blogs and grocery lists, though technically written, don't count here.
2. You can't just think about writing, as in " Oh, I think I will write the Great All American Novel and make a Million Dollars". Too many stories, articles and Great All American Novels have been written inside heads. The trick is actually getting them to the outside world. See step A.
C. Not everyone can do it. Although most of us can write- our first grade teachers saw to that-
the Writer has to see what the rest of the population does not see. A writer needs a eye for detail. But no matter what the Writer sees, unless he writes it down- he is just an observer. See step A.
The reason I am writing this blog is that I have forgotten how to be a Writer.
I have not been a writer- I have been ( (shudder)) an observer.
I have been a thinker.
I have forgotten about step A.
And I am afraid that I won't ever be a writer again.
And I am not sure about what to do about it.
See Step A