Can I Call Myself A Writer?

Welcome to July.

We’ve made it this far! I’m proud of us.

Today is one of those days that happen when I get busy. When life starts moving forward at a thousand miles an hour. I’m sitting at my desk at work waiting for the day to begin and be trampled with a hundred things for my boss, most of them administrative since it’s the beginning of the week. I got to work an hour early just so I can write this blog post. I don’t know what to write about. I don’t know what advice I can give. I thought sleeping on it would help me out.

But, as I look at the SEO training and the administrative tasks I have to do later today, I asked myself, “can I call myself a writer?” Yes, I’m in training to do better marketing for my work’s blog. I’ll be creating every blog post and social media tag from now on, but does writing about risk management mean I’m the writer I wanted to be?

Each year it’s different. Before I was a videographer and it was even worse. I barely wrote more than 20 words at a time. Stories in video are different that in print. And now, I’m a writer but…not the one my little six year old self wanted to be. I haven’t finished a novel. Even now I’m struggling to complete Camp NaNoWriMo. I have written a hundred blog posts about various topics, but am I a writer?

I know thousands of you ask the same question every day. Some of you in even stranger circumstances than me. Some of you have day jobs that never lend themselves to writing. I mean I get to go home at the end of the day and say I wrote something. Not everyone can.

So at the end of the day, when we’ve struggled to write a few hundred words in that novel we’ve been dreaming about for fifteen years (yes that’s me currently…my NaNo concept is one I’ve worked on since I was 13), can we be called writers?

Image of a burning book provided by Fred Kearney

I get the lazy way out by saying yes, I do so for work. It’s not glamorous and I’m not head over heels in love with the concepts, but I write. I write every day. But if I don’t take the lazy way out and focus on the reason I wanted to become a writer, and focus on the words I want to write, am I still a writer? Even with three thousand words to my unnamed novel? Are you?

Deep down only the writer can make the decision if they are or not. Deep down they know they still have a drive to make the story even if it hasn’t gotten anywhere.

You are a writer because you want, need, are writing. There’s no correct answer there. You have a story…or a thousand stories. You sit and write and hate everything you wrote. You start over. You make poems. You spend time doing challenges and following writing blogs.

Can I call myself a writer? Yes. I am with or without this job. I am with or without published works. I write. I want to write. I need to write. It’s a fundamental part of my being and I’m sure it is the same for you.

We are writers.

And we write.

Let me know in the comments below how you deal with the impending thought of “am I a writer?” Do you get it often? Are you still stuck there? Have you published before and still feel it? Let me know. I’d love to hear your theories, advice, and triumphs.

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