Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fake It til You Make It

I am not fond of the phrase Fake it til you make it.

I understand the concept - we must first conceive before we can achieve - but I take issue with the semantics.

To me "fake" means untrustworthy. A fake friend is not loyal. Fake jewelry is cheap. Someone who is faking is essentially lying.

I do not want to be fake. I want to be authentic. But is my authentic self a writer - or just a writer wannabe?

This week I realized if I want to become a writer, then I first need to act like one.

Rather than faking it, however, I am choosing to imagine myself an writer: what she looks like, how she lives, what she does... and then I will do those things. Consistently. Until I actually become an author.

Because I have a difficult time with self-accountability, but I respect an academic syllabus, I am beginning this process by taking a 3-credit hour class. I am going to read the writing books sitting on my shelves and actually do the exercises at the end of each chapter. A typical college course involves three hours of class time and about six hours of homework. I will therefore plan to dedicate 9-10 hours a week to my writing career.  I imagine an author devotes that kind of time to her craft.

I currently have two works-in-progress: a non-fiction memoir and a middle grade novel. Besides the book exercises, I plan to work on one or both of these each week as well. For now I do not have a deadline for completion - or even a weekly writing goal - but I'm sure that will come in due time. While a writer simply writes, I imagine an author determines to complete projects and is not content with just journaling and writing prompts.

I also need to develop a confident answer to the constant question: what do you write? For I imagine an author would not simply smile meekly and admit she is still trying to find her niche.

For now I write, but I imagine myself becoming a writer in the not-too-distant future.


  1. I am so-o-o proud of you for being proactive, learning your craft and moving forward as a writer.

  2. I'm always impressed with how you plan. I think it's a great idea to create your own class. Every writer says the hardest part of writing is actually writing consistently.

    I'm actually taking a class this summer through Inprint in Houston

  3. It's a personal essay writing class. I'm working on a memoir ish piece that I hope to work on through this class. It's about the summer that changed my life, when I worked in Yellowstone Park. Then in August we are going to the park.

  4. Deb - I love the idea of working on the piece and then actually visiting the location afterward!
    I hope you plan to share a bit of the writing process on your blog with us :)


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