I would argue that the most difficult thing about being a writer is being told you can’t write a book. The worst part is that even when you do, everything you write is just as much the work of your own brain as is the work of another author. This is why I don’t think it’s a good idea to write on the internet (and even though I have a blog, this is still the case).
Writing for the internet is even more difficult than it is for your own brain. You cant just sit down and write a long piece. You have to think about it, question it. You have to write it in a way that makes sense to the reader, and then write it again, this time in a way that makes sense to you. After writing it, you have to keep it short and snappy and relevant.
I know, I know. But I dont think its the same thing as writing for a living. It isnt really a matter of money, though. It isnt a matter of time, either. It is a matter of thought. Thought that comes from a combination of wanting to write, wanting to think about something, and then wanting to write something again. I know it sounds really cliche, but it works.
Writing for a living is a lot like making a living in photography. You start out with a camera, and then you have to learn how to shoot. You learn all the basics, including how to point and shoot, what lens to use, and all the skills you need to shoot the best photos. Once you learn the basics of shooting, you can then move on to learning how to compose, edit, and format your photos.
As a photographer, I spend a lot of time working with photographers who are self-professed perfectionists. They don’t write their own work, they’ll write for their clients, and they’ll write the way they want to be written by their clients. If I’m writing for a client, I want to write their way, or at least, the way I want to be written by them.
Self-confessed perfectionists can sometimes be a bad thing, no matter how much they can be a good thing. Most self-proclaimed perfectionists have a habit of writing themselves down as being a certain way and then failing to live up to the standard. This is often true of photographers who do a lot of editing and photo-processing, but often photographers who do that can also be self-proclaimed perfectionists.
I know I’ve done it, but I don’t want to do it anymore. I’ve taken on the role of a photographer to a certain degree, but it’s not a role I’m comfortable with. It’s time for me to take on the role of a writer for my own writing.
You see, we already know that the way I see it, writing isn’t just about taking down ideas and then putting them on paper. It’s about writing. It’s about thinking. So to talk about myself as a photographer and a writer is not to say I love being in front of the lens, but I do it because I love it. I do it because it teaches me about myself.
You can write about yourself as a photographer and a writer, but you can’t get away from the fact that you are the one who is having the thoughts. You are the one who is thinking. You are the one who is creating. So when you turn your lens on you are also the one who is creating. The problem is that what you are seeing in the world is not the real you, but the edited version of that real you.
In photography, we always try to get some insight into how you might look when you’re “looking” at a photo. With the camera you focus on the camera and the image you think you are creating, and when you look at yourself in the mirror, you take a closer look at all the parts of you that make up your actual self. The same goes for writers. If you write about yourself, you are in a way creating yourself.