They are both wonderful supporters of my linky The Prompt, which is really special as they are, what I think of as, proper writers. They are working on novels. They write the most amazing poetry. They are creative and entertaining and inventive.
I don’t think of myself in those terms; am I really a writer?
I know I can put together a fairly well constructed sentence.
I know I can play with words and write something that flows, makes sense and has a shape to it.
I feel that I can write half way decent poetry, which has surprised me no end!
I have written a couple of short stories, and while I was quite happy with the finished product, they were both heavily based on memories, so not what I would think of as creative.
So, what makes me, or anyone, a writer?
Is it what we write, how we write? Or, is it how we view ourselves? If I were to think of myself as a writer would that make it more true, or is the fact that I have written this blog for nearly two years, and have almost 800 posts under my belt, enough?
A journalist is a writer. Poets, novelists, biographers are writers. Those who write short stories, children’s books, comics, graphic novels, reference books, technical manuals; they are all writers. So are bloggers.
I am proud of what I have written on this blog. I am proud of how my writing has developed over the past year. Is that enough for me start calling myself a writer?
Writing has been a long held, middle of the night, dream for me. I’ve written diaries, journals, notebooks full of thoughts and feelings and ideas. But, I could never write a novel (famous last words!).
As I read the wonderful posts that had linked up last week, talking about novels and agents and publishing, I began to realise that while I don’t yet think of myself as a writer, perhaps I should.
I may be writing a blog and not a book, but I take huge pride in what I write here; I spend time honing and editing, I pour my heart and soul into what I write. I have a plan, I have an editorial calendar, I have ideas and projects and works in progress. I publish my work publicly.
Do I simply resist the term writer as it would invite comment, criticism, potential failure?
So, I took a small step and I updated Facebook yesterday! After two years of leaving my last ‘proper’ job title there, it now says Writer… That was quite a big deal for me; it’s a statement of intent, isn’t it? A commitment to that role, to making it my ‘job’.
Now, do I have the courage to update LinkedIn :)
What do you think makes you a writer? When did you start to call yourself a writer?