When did YOU become a Writer?
“I didn’t even think that I would be published, so I could hardly dream of the Goncourt. I was a little resigned to anonymity.”
Jenni is a science teacher at Le Lycee Saint Marc in Lyon, who has taught for 20 years and is a self-admitted ‘Sunday writer’. He has no plans on retiring in the face of his success. He just wants to keep doing what he likes doing. In this case, writing and teaching.
Did the award make Jenni a writer? No, a simple desire to express himself accomplished that feat.
In the Alexis Jenni school of thought, a writer may be someone, anyone, with a compulsion to scrawl or the conviction of having something to say. A writer is not defined by his career, but the simple act of writing regularly. And authors who found success through the muck of making ends meet have taken that approach for some time now, in practice at least.
I became a writer when I made a commitment to myself to embrace and honor my creativity. Do I hope to be published? Absolutely. Will it kill me to be obscure? Not really. I have a full life and am busy living it.
The ups, downs and twirling-swirls of my life keep me engaged, curious and creative. I admire people like Alexis Jenni.
I’ve said it before – Just Do It! The rest will come.