I read an article recently that asked the question, “when can you call yourself a writer”? In the article, you are urged to do it now, but always remember that you have to be willing to answer the questions that follow. Where do you write? What could I have read of yours? Writers, even or especially aspiring ones, have to have a thick skin about them and be on top of their game. Am I a writer? Of course. Professional? Still working out that part.
What makes us who we are? I am a writer of a novel, poems, short stories and daily blog posts. Does getting paid equal real? Does getting reads mean anything? If I wrote twenty articles a day and no one read them, am I any less a writer? I know that there will be varying opinions about the answers to the above set of questions, but regardless of what others think, it’s all about you. What makes you a writer? That is the question you need to ask and answer for yourself and if you feel you aren’t, what would make you feel like one?
I can think of some people that might say selling equals reality, but I don’t necessarily agree. We all have to start somewhere and where did the term starving artist come from? Sometimes even the most talented of people struggle to make a living by selling their art or writings.
So are you a writer? Is it only about your opinion? What do you tell people or are you too scared to admit it? Do we go toward our dreams or stand in the shadows? If we never move forward in pursuit of what we want then we are guaranteed not to achieve it. I may not be a paid or most might not consider successful writer, but I am a writer.
What are you? Do you claim your art or talent even if you aren’t getting paid for it? Tell me what you are in the comments and how you are working to get where you want to be. Believe in your talent and others will follow.