In the past year I have started calling myself a writer. Am I one? Or more specifically why do I think I am one? As far as using the title “writer,” I think it comes down to a conscious decision to actually write. As a writer one should actually not only produce text for others in a meaningful context, but continually strive for self-improvement. Writer’s Digest blog had a good post on this not too long ago actually.
One commenter by Everett had a great reply to the post:
“So my short answer to your question is, once you start pondering about whether you can call yourself a writer, you’re probably a writer. And if it turns out you’re delusional, I have great confidence that you’ll figure that out, too.”
There were other good comments on the post, but that is the one that most reflected my views. Making that consious decision was a great first step. Now actually implementing it is a whole other matter. One of the constant struggles is actually taking the time to sit down and do said writing. That reminds me of this other post I came across not too long ago. John Scalzi had a good post on how to find the time to write.
Well, look. Either you want to write or you don’t, and thinking that you want to write really doesn’t mean anything. There are lots of things I think I’d like to do, and yet if I don’t actually make the time and effort to do them, they don’t get done.
He goes on to explain that a bit more in depth, which I recommend reading.
But if you want to be a writer, than be a writer, for god’s sake. It’s not that hard, and it doesn’t require that much effort on a day to day basis. Find the time or make the time. Sit down, shut up and put your words together. Work at it and keep working at it.
You should really read the full post. I think John hits the nail on the head. Quite often I find myself saying “Well I will edit that later” or “Well I just don’t have the time today.” Over the last year I have gotten a bit better about that, particularly with blogging projects. John’s point still holds though, I myself still too often put off my novel writing because I don’t have the time. I think I am going to work harder on finding that time.
Another good post to read over can be found on The Happiness Project site – Thirteen Tips for Actually Getting Writing Done. Ever find yourself saying that you don’t have the time to write but you want to someday?