Why it Matters to Have View of Your Future Writer’s Life

Mindy McHorse

Today I want to ask you an important question: Ever wonder what a real writer’s life looks like? Yesterday I gave you a glimpse into mine, but it’s worth YOU taking the time to think about it. Because even if you don’t fit the idea of what a writer’s life should look like … you may have already constructed the perfect writing life for you.

The thing is, a lot of us have this picture in our mind of creating masterpieces at a well-appointed desk in a room lined with bookshelves. Or maybe your vision is of piles of paper dotting the floor while you stare off into the distance with your finger at your cheek and your feet propped up on the desk as you ponder life.

I wish I looked that cool. Here’s the truth:

My desk is usually speckled with a smattering of pie crumbs, crumpled to-do lists, multiple glasses of water, a lotion bottle or two, used coffee pods, and various knick-knacks. Behind me sits a serene water fountain statue I named Annadade. She’s kept company on either side by piles of catalogs, bills, correspondence, and notes for future projects. Half-chewed dog bones are strewn across the floor, and art from my kids lines the walls.

I’m typically in yoga pants, a faded sweater, and slippers, my hair tied back in a knot or tucked up under a cap.

If any of my clients knocked on my office door right now, I’d probably hide under the desk. No way do I present a picture of a poised writer whose biggest distraction is a slew of imaginative thoughts and wordplay.

And yet, I’m 100% content with what I have and where I am. My office may look messy on the outside, but it’s lined with inspirational treasures that detail my writing journey. It took me a while to get here, sure. But that goes back to my message for you this week about being okay with who you are as a writer and finding your own authenticity.

I may not look fancy or poised most days. My husband even once asked me what I was so dressed up for the day I put on jeans.

But the way I see it, the 20 minutes it would take to bother with hair and makeup each morning are more valuable sitting at my desk, creating. I get to work daily with fascinating, inspirational people (who can’t see me, thank heavens). I come and go as I please.

My life as a writer may not be photo-worthy, but it’s “life-worthy.” Which makes me happy, which translates to greater motivation and focus when I sit down to work on projects.

Ask yourself today what it would take to be content in your own writing space. Don’t worry about trying to fit the mold of what a writer should look like, or where you should do your work. If you put aside self-criticism and complaining, it leaves you wide open for honest and sincere appreciation.

And that’s a key step to success as a writer, for this New Year and all the years yet to come: Appreciate your writing talent and be grateful for all the ways you can profit from it.

You’re already who you were meant to be as a writer. No fancy desk or assumed façade can change that. Your best bet is to hone your talent and apply it every chance you get.

Please share your comments and thoughts below. Tomorrow, I’ll share more of Craig’s tips for gaining outside support for your writing goals.

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Published: December 30, 2015

19 Responses to “Why it Matters to Have View of Your Future Writer’s Life”

  1. Thank you Mindy,your word is timely,full of encouragement and much food for thought.I personally appreciates it.


  2. As a new member, when I first saw your picture, six months ago, I thought, "Oh, another pretty face. I wonder what she is really like?" This week you have revealed the real you and I think you are adorable. I am 86, have four daughters who are also adorable and your husband has no cause for alarm. I loved your series. Robert Phillips

    Robert Phillips

  3. At least you have a desk! I use my laptop. Small house. Thank you for sharing what a writer's life looks like. It is an inspiration to us all. :-)

    Guest (Christyl)

  4. Great advice, Mindy. Thanks. Too often, so many of us (especially me) are plagued by unreasonable, perfectionistic standards that cause us to never begin. Problem is, that standard is normal for people who think that way...So it never occurs to us, until someone else points it out, that things can and probably should be much simpler. The writing is the important part...not so much the room. Much appreciated ;}.

    Guest (Rain)

  5. Hi Mindy, It is a nice article.
    you want my feedback? I give it to you.
    I joined Barefoot Writer Club back on April 2015 after so many emails you sent to invite me .
    I also bought Barefoot Writer Magazines for 1 year.
    Next you send me another email about loopholes.
    You asked me to write 2 pages telling you what is my goal so you can help and support me.
    I finished writing. I sent it to you.
    No reply. You never answered any of my emails.
    I am very disappointed.


  6. Mindy, As I read this article, I am in my lounge chair with a cup of coffee, one cat propped up on the back of the chair and practically sitting on my head, another one sitting beside me. I am wearing a fleece sweat suit. I have big hopes for 2016 but I am experiencing obstacles in building my website. I know I must complete this before I can have any significant success.

    Nora King

  7. Hi Mindy, You are an awesome writer. I enjoy reading your articles and I love listening to your talks too. You put yourself out there for us to see as just one of us and therefore give us the future reflection of who we are :)
    I am a learner writer who reads a lot, gets inspired and also one who has to learn to write a little more each day.


  8. Mindy, Your columns are wonderful. You are inspirational; but more than that you make me feel like a friend who is one house over trying to do the same thing I am. Thanks for making my dreams feel attainable.

    Guest (Sherri)

  9. Thank you Mindy. I tend to lose myself in what I'm doing. So thanks for making it OK to be like this. It's reassuring.
    I do my morning rituals & make sure the animals are fed, then I hit my office. Sometimes the kitties have to remind me to take breaks and eat.
    I'm a widower, so sometimes I glance at the clock and it's late evening.
    But I love it ... the creativity, the feeling of purpose.

    Guest (Rick)

  10. I loved your column today. Being authentic and passionate about what we write is more important than how we look when we write! Thank you for sharing your reality.

    Julie L

  11. Thank you for your article, Mindy. You brought my lips to slip into a smile and my head to nod. I couldn't agree more with the everyday setting of a writer. It's comforting to know that others push vanity to the side when creativity comes in for a visit.

    JL Carlson


    Guest (Marianne)

  13. Mindy

    Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I shall think about this for a while.

    Happy New Year!

    Guest (Zanobia)

  14. Thank you for your help,your encouragement and for every advice you are giving to me.I'm not thinking and hoping to be a six figure copywriter,I just wanted to write something about the friendship and partnership between USA and my country Albania.For me it is a special friendship and I know many details and many important and wonderful names who contributed in those relations.My life have changed to much here in USA and I like to share my thought and my feelings.I told you before, my English is limited.I need more English courses than writes teachings.

    Guest (Fatmir Keqi)

  15. Hi Mindy, I really enjoyed this weeks articles. They were motivating for me!

    Jennifer N

  16. Thanks Mindy, Your story is intriguing! Talking to you especially at the end of the year is really inspiring. I was speaking at my church yesterday on " Dreams as God's forgotten language to His people" and many things came up. If we say we don't dream we lie, because dreaming only stops when we die. So many people have dreams they never acted upon because they feared what their friends would say or they never took the dream seriously and yet that is where their destiny lay. I know I have what it takes to be an award winning writer like you but what I am missing right now is a mentor who can help me connect my writing to the money. I f I can get there next year, I'll dedicate myself fully.
    Regards, Stephen.

    Guest (Stephen Opanga )

  17. My spatial requirements in which to write are more limitedly monastic-cellular albeit cloistered unto a garden. The cave of ages, for example, whence my angelic offerings are allegorically lit. Nurturing the kind of constancy in which precluding our better nature's completion can't wait. The former, clarifying yet another day; while the latter, no matter when, enmeshed in an absolute truth of but one common destiny. Happiness!

    Guest (Chris Morris)

  18. I am drawn to two items in your letter. Number one- The purple line of "Please share your comments and thoughts here". Number two- A comment box with an opportunity to respond. Most websites do not accommodate. Thank you for that valuable gift. In order to fully scope what I have to say I will mail you a letter next week.


    Guest (Joe-2step)

  19. Life is great when we share our knowledge and understanding with others to lighten their life in many ways! It is the rich life full of enjoyment, light, peace, motivation, and determination in so many ways. It is worth it to live the life that you have been prepared for to uplift others in so many ways.

    Guest (chantal)

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