Could Someone Please Tell Me, “Am I a Writer, Yet?”
How do you know when you’ve become a writer? When have you earned this social badge? Is it when…
- Own a blog.
Written several blog posts.
Written a blog post on another venue.
- Keep a daily journal.
- Have an idea for a novel.
Started a novel.
Started two novels.
Started three novels.
Have another brilliant idea and create a fourth un-finished novel.
- Purchase a writing application.
Purchase several writing applications.
- Make your first $5.73 writing.
- Add the word “writer” after your name on your email signature.
- Gain at least one follower (not your mom) on your blog or Medium.
- Write at least one post a week, every week, with no end in sight.
(What if you stop for a week, are you not a writer during that time?)
- Quit your day job.
- Excitedly wake up every morning ready to write.
Excitedly wake up every morning to check your stats on Medium.
- Turn everything you see and hear into a possible story.
- Drive your significant other crazy with your background writing music.
So, I ask, am I there yet? Are you there yet? Are we writers? Did we make it?
So far, I haven’t wanted to sound too audacious telling people that I’m a writer. I usually turn to saying that, “I’ve been doing some writing lately.”
Maybe when I push one of my novel ideas (novel as in a book, not novel as in unique) through, then I can declare myself a writer. Luckily for me, I have several awesome novels that I’ve started (my wife told me so).
For now, I’m content with telling people that I’ve been writing quite a ‘bit lately’. But then again, how important is the title? Hmmm…sounds like another good idea for a story…down the rabbit hole I go!
Also published on Medium.