While I’m getting my head screwed on right after being away for five days I’m posting this. Then next week I’ll tell you all about the book festival I went to. I may even have some photos.
Today I have a question for you. I have been thinking about this for some time. Tell me what you think.
What makes a writer? An author? Is it necessary to be published to call ourselves real writers? What is this thing called aspiring writer? Is this a career? I wonder what it takes to call ourselves real writers and authors.
“The title is not something we earn it is who we are. Our title defines our level of commitment. No other entrepreneurial profession waits for success or outside validation before they feel comfortable using a professional title. A dog-walker doesn’t wait. Neither does a gardener, a contractor, a party planner, florist, cake decorator, or a carpet cleaner” Kristen Lamb
Writers show what they are, they don’t tell. If you sit down every day and write whether the fancy strikes or not then you can claim to be a writer. Then you are a real writer. When you schedule your writing time, when you put in the hours or the pages or words. Then you are a real writer.
One blogger said it required finishing projects. One said it required having works, whether it was blogs or manuscripts. But they both agreed that the word aspiring was for pansies.
I feel when one sits down every day and writes then we are real writers. We are writing aren’t we? How do you feel about it? Does one have to be published to be a real writer? What do you think? When can we call ourselves authors? Please weigh in at the comments.
- Are You A Writer? OWN IT! (kaitnolan.com)
- Don’t Eat the Butt #4 – Real Writers Never Struggle (warriorwriters.wordpress.com)
- 5 Tips for Writers (thotplaces.com)
- You Are a Writer by Robert J. Daniher (bhplnjbookgroup.blogspot.com)
- School’s Out (Sympathy For The Devil) (accordingtohoyt.com)