Not a Reset – A Resolution and Declaration

Back on May 22, I started a 30-day writing exercise. Today, I declare it:

I am a writer.

Great Writers DeclarationWhen I started the 30 days, I described it by saying I was working on improving my writing. This is still absolutely true. But today, I’m no longer calling it an exercise. It’s what I believe I am.

Professionally, I have always been dedicated to communication with various media. All of those media embody writing as their core strength, except for photography. But even my photography is typically part of a larger message that depends very much on strong writing to be successful.

So, up there in the title, I call today’s message a resolution. It’s not a New-Years-resolution resolution. I am resolving the contradiction between writing for other activities and being a writer.

I am also a photographer, video producer, and virtual tour expert. But those titles describe activities. “Writer” describes, I believe more accurately, the calling of a person to be an artist, using words to craft his or her message.

Integrity (and attention to detail) forces me to also note the following: In this 15-day challenge, I will be participating in “15 Habits of Great Writers,” as defined and coached by Jeff Goins. At the conclusion of it, I will determine whether or not to complete the earlier 30-day commitment. I have a feeling it will be an unnecessary formality, but we’ll see.

If you want to join me, it’s not too late. See for the details.

When I started the 30 day exercise, I thanked Erik Deckers and Jeff Goins. Today is different. I thank my sister, Wendy Hoopengarder, for insisting for years that I was already a writer. Thanks, Sis. I guess you were right.


Comments (2)

  1. So glad to see you decided to join in on the fun. Glad you listened to your sister. sisters are generally right about alot of things. 😉 You are most definitely a writer.

    • J.R.

      Funny thing – another of my sisters is named Amy. Thank you very much for your encouragement, and for visiting my website! I’m looking forward to the 15-day challenge, and to seeing amazing writing from the participants such as yourself.

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