And the answer is…complex, and in some ways, it’s one I feel is always evolving.
The truth is, I haven’t always known why I write. When I was a kid, I used to make my own newspapers, magazines, and scrapbooks. (They were all about cats. Every single one of them.)
In my early teens, I remember sitting in science class one day, lost in the lesson as usual, when it hit me: I was meant to write. Specifically, I wanted to write poetry. I’d gotten into a bit of an obsession with Poe and Byron and it was all so dark and brooding and romantic.
Suddenly, my future was clear. Who needed science? I was going to be a poet! I went home that day very excited. When I told my mom that I’d, “Figured out what I was going to do with the rest of my life,” her face dropped. She was mad.
“You’re going to be a poet,” she said, with a distinct period at the end of the statement. “Poets don’t make any money until after they’re dead. What would you do that for?”
Needless to say, my 13-year-old self was deflated. But not defeated. Never, ever defeated.
In fact, if anything, it only made me more determined to make it. “Besides,” I thought, ever rebellious, “if my mom doesn’t like poets then I must be on to something with this.”
A year later, I started putting out my own zine, which was as dramatic as the authors I was reading. Titled As the Last Breath Escaped, it was a hand-written, photocopied publication full of my poems and thoughts on music, books, and more. It was dark and dramatic and unapologetically me. (Hey, I was 14 and way into goth. What else could it have been?)
I went to a couple of independent bookstores and record shops downtown and asked if they would stock my zine.
They said yes.
I was thrilled.
It was a small step towards my dream of being a writer, but it was a start, and I haven’t stopped since.
What have I gotten out of it throughout the years? For me, more I write, the closer I get to learning why I do it.
It becomes less about how many books I’ve had published and more about the emotional connection it helps me create with the world around me.
We don’t always know what drives us in the beginning; only later, once we see how something has transformed us, can we understand why we needed to choose a certain path.
Which is why I created Call of the Word, because what I do know is that I want to help people make things. I want to help people write the stories that they know need to be shared. I want to help people move past whatever is holding them back emotionally or creatively.
I want to help people to feel inspired and confident, and most importantly, I want to help them learn that when to trust themselves above all else.
I want to share the setbacks I’ve overcome, the struggles I’ve had, and the lessons I’ve learned along the way in my own writing career and help other writers feel less alone in their own journeys.
Through writing, I’ve met people that I never would have had the chance to cross paths with otherwise. I’ve made new friends. I’ve had the chance to read my work to wonderful audiences in bars, bookstores, and university auditoriums.
And I’ve learned how important resilience, persistence, and self-care are to the creative process. I’ve learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined I could be. I’ve learned how to work with my sources of inspiration, even when I feel tired, unmotivated, or doubtful.
I’ve also heard from people who said, “You made me want to finish my manuscript. Thank you.”
And so maybe that’s why I write. And that’s why I am offering the Call of the Word, because I want to help other writers see what they are capable of, and that they, too, can inspire other people in their own way.
When we realize our true creative paths, we have the capacity to impact people around us in ways that we might never even consider. Because when you make space for what’s important to you, you move through life in a way that allows you to make the world a more honest, creative, authentic place.
Now I want to hear why YOU write. Hit me back at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what your story is.
And if you think I can help you through Call of the Word, I would love to answer any questions you have about the program.
Through Call of the Word, I combine tarot and one-on-one coaching to give you a customized experience for five weeks. All of your assignments are unique to what you need, and my goal for you is to feel confident and committed about your writing.
Enrolment is now open. Spaces are very limited. Payment plans are available. Get me at email@example.com.