Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Who are You When You are Writing?

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

When writing presses against your mind, and you can’t wait to begin, who are you?

Are you the subject of a memoir, a person whose life experiences could help others through chaos and tragedies?

Are you a poet who deeply feels the meaning and rhythm of words?

Are you a novelist who strives to create a story where others can engage in the protagonist’s journey?

Are you an expert whose writing focuses on facts, true events, and people?

Are you a child who lives in a make-believe world filled with adventure and discoveries?

Or are you an imaginative soul who craves the beauty of words, one who looks at the world as an intricate puzzle? 

Who is a Writer?

No matter how words are strung together, they show a creative spirit who spins letters into words, words into phrases, and phrases into a piece of art. 

A writer becomes the center of whatever they are penning. They weave their spirit into their prose and the result is a unique expression of their personality and gift. 

Originality and voice develop as we write. Originality in writing is the ability to create a piece that blends freedom of thought by transferring it into words and phrases. Voice uses the writer’s personality, the way they think and process, and transfers the blend into words and phrases.

Imitation is valuable when a writer explores why another writer’s piece works. A new technique can be studied to understand the mechanics. But when the writer applies a technique to their own writing, it must contain the originality and voice of the writer’s personality and skill. Together these traits demonstrate a writer who is working diligently at the craft to develop continued professionalism.

Who are you when you write? 
  • You’re an independent individual who treasures the magic of words. Those words form passages that add meaning and beauty to the one creating them and to the reader.
  • You’re a person who values each step toward a perfected piece.
  • You’re a person who believes they’ve been given a gift to share with the world.
  • You’re a person who longs for time alone to create.
  • You’re a masterful thinker who respects the process of communicating through the written word.
Share with us who you are!


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. 

She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson. Connect here:


  1. Thank you for your writing this morning. You and all the others whose blogs are posted have helped me so much. I appreciate all of you.

  2. DiAnn, I identify with each one of the definitions on your list. I hope I also serve as God's pen to prod a lazy world to think.

    1. Thanks, Kay. What an honor to serve God with our writing.