The characteristics of a writer can leave a person feeling odd or out of place. The writer in me often sees things from a unique perspective or just manages to present the "same ol, same ol" in a whole new light.
Attending writing conferences provides me with insight into why I do what I do. Following the path may not be easy, but understanding that walk can make it a LOT less painful.
The Anatomy of a Writer
Eyes - Always looking for the story and seeing it in places where others cannot or dare not go.
Hands - Make connections that do not fit the ordinary or acceptable mold.
Ears - Listen for phrases, expressions or sounds that need to be interpreted and shared with everyone.
Feet - Step out without fear of failure because failure is nothing more than recognizing that was not the best step for that moment.
Mind - Understands that it is okay to do and to be according to the design of God.
Mouth - Openly admits (often to anyone that will listen) that "Yes, I am a writer."
It is okay to be different, and it makes the journey that much more interesting. I have to remember that I am uniquely designed, purposefully set apart, and boldly directed to be that which I have been called.
Anything less would just be normal.