Who am I to write?
A few days ago I was struggling with the question that might haunt a few writers: who do I think I am to write? The fear that I deluded myself to think that I was a writer. I didn't hit a writer's block, I had plenty I could write, but I just could not bring myself to write until I figured out whether I could indeed call myself a writer. Anyone can scribble words, disillusioned that it was a story or poem, but writers can create magic with those words.
Then, thank you to Twitter, I found a quote that answered my question.
If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will listen to me if I do? You’re a human being, with a unique story to tell, and you have every right. If you speak with passion, many of us will listen. We need stories to live, all of us. We live by story. Yours enlarges the circle. RICHARD RHODES
I read it over and over, as if it was speaking directly to me.
Writing is my passion in life, and my goal is to enlarge "the circle" with my stories and poetry. I may use it as an escape from life, but I also use it to discover myself and life. I cannot imagine my life without writing. I cannot truly escape life with writing because life itself is my inspiration for my writing.
I'm sure I might have my moments where I will question myself again, but it is those moments that allows me to stop and reevaluate my voice and what I have to say. And I think that is an important part of being a writer, when you rediscover yourself as a writer.
Hope this helps any other writers out there.