I stumbled across a fellow blogger's post yesterday and found it intriguing. She didn't have it up for long, deleted it not long after she posted it. But she posed a very good question: Do you own it? Meaning do you tell others you're a writer, even if you are pre-published?
She listed the reasons why she doesn't feel comfortable stating to others that she's a writer, even though she has an agent. I get it. I think a lot of us feel that way--mainly because we are NOT published yet. But is that really what makes a writer? At what point do we say, "NOW, I'm officially a writer." Is it after getting an agent? Or after holding a printed book with your name on it in your hands?
The answer is probably different for everyone. But here's my thoughts.... I am a writer because a write. I put words down in the form of a story and ask people to read it. In my mind, this makes me a writer. Am I published? No. Agent yet? No.
But I still write.
Now, if someone decides they want to take a stab at writing and write a story, but then never continue afterwards for whatever reason, does that make them a writer? My answer would be no. I've tried playing golf once before, but does that make me a golfer? No.
Quite simply, a writer is someone who writes stories, articles, poetry, etc., and continues to do so again and again because it is the basis of his/her existence. It is a crying plea from the depths of her soul, struggling to get out in the form of words and stories. And maybe we have faithful readers, maybe only betas right now, maybe only dear old mom takes time out to read our stuff. But the point is that we write because it's who we are. If we persist, we may become successful at it.
Perhaps there are writers out there who don't care about being published. Does that mean they are NOT writers? No way! Think of the famous authors whose work didn't become successful til after they died. They still wrote.
So if someone were to ask you what you do today, would you tell them you are a writer along with whatever your day job is, parenthood, etc? I hope so.
I would. I can say it with all confidence, that I am, in fact, a WRITER. How about you?