"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:2

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It's A Calling

Sunset from Little Round Top - Gettysburg, PA
Photo by Loree Huebner

I've been seriously writing for about ten years now.  When I really think about it, writing has always been in my blood.  Even as a child, I always knew I would be a writer.  I didn’t come from a long line of writers; I came from good storytellers.  Writing, however, didn’t take root in my life until major events happened.  The time and the season had to be right.  Once I did start to put words on paper, it came as natural as breathing.  I take on a spirit of joy. 

It’s a calling. 
Some writers can’t explain what drives them.  I’m one of them.  I only know that I experience an abrupt emptiness if I don’t tell that story, or write that particular piece.  I have found that the heart of a writer aches in a way that most cannot explain in their own words, not even on paper. 
Not everyone has this calling. 
The first time I told my best friend that I was writing a book, she just sat there, politely nodding and smiling as I excitedly rambled on about the plot and my vision.  She seemed to try hard to follow along, but I knew she just didn’t get it.  She didn’t understand my passion.  This is when I realized that writing could put me in a very lonely place—a place of joy that I could not share, even with my best friend.
Ever try to explain your writing to a friend or family member who doesn’t write?  Did they understand, or just politely nod their heads?  “Uh yeah…uh huh.”
Between you, me and the gate post,


Jill Kemerer said...

Yeah, most of my non-writer friends are supportive, but don't really get it either. That's okay. I don't always get their jobs, either!

The Internet provides such a wonderful community of authors. We don't have to feel alone!

Loree Huebner said...

Jill: As I explore, I'm finding that there is a whole community of wonderful, supportive authors and agents. I don't feel as alone as I did 5 years ago. As always, thanks for your support. You're a real gem!

troutbirder said...

Best of luck. Blogging is a lot of fun. I began as a way to communicate my outdoor activites with my far away son. The discovered my little cheapo camera would never be world class photographer but that I love to write and tell stories. Now 800 posts and two blogs (one nature & one book review and incidentals blog latr I'm still at it....writing. btw I'm also a civil war buff as well. :)

Loree Huebner said...

troutbirder: Thanks for the well wishes! I always love meeting new CW "buffs"! Nice blogs!

Terri Tiffany said...

Hi Loree, welcome to blogging! I do remember telling some family members and they looked at me like I was weird. :)) Part of the deal, I think. But yes, it's in my blood too.

Loree Huebner said...

Terri: Thanks for the welcome. BTW, I love your blog! It's one of my favorites. Thanks again for taking the time to say "HI"...it means a lot.