When Can You Finally Call Yourself a Writer?
It was from Writer's Digest.
I found it a tad sensational and inflammatory and offensive. So naturally I clicked to read the article.
Here is the article:
When can you call yourself a writer in private?
When can you call yourself a writer in public?Interesting, no?
This is indeed a dilemma writers face. I know it's happened to me loads of times. And, more often than not, I completely blow the answer. I dislike talking about my writing. Which is why I WRITE. If I wanted to speak, I'd be an orator. It helps to be both.
Nevertheless, I want to share my opinion/answer to this dilemma.
If you’ve tried, REALLY tried, NOT to write but you couldn’t, and you KNOW in your bones, in your SOUL, that you MUST write, you’re a writer.
Try that. See what happens. It's a bit cheeky and smart-assed and doesn't really answer the question, but hopefully you get my drift.
In reality, go with the Confident Writer response. Even if you barely believe it yourself, lie if you must. Pretend it's a poker game. Bluff a little. Make a game out of it. Reply as though you're a bestseller and everyone knows your work.
Eventually it will come to be your reality.
I would like to know what you guys think. If you're a writer, do you consider yourself one? Do you describe yourself as such?
If you're a reader, at what point do you feel an author can rightfully refer to him- or herself as a writer?
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