Welcome back to this corner of the web. I hope that the recent layout changes didn’t catch you by surprise. I like to do that every once in a while and I like this new layout in that it is a bit more… concise? Yeah, I’ll use that word. and now to the topic of this post.
I can’t remember the exact number of times I heard the following statement: “Well, I write, you know. I just sat down and wrote up a little poem. It’s nothing much. I’m not REALLY a writer, I just thought I’d put a few words together. I REALLY don’t know anything about writing. You see, I’m not REALLY a writer.”
I can’t remember the exact number of times I heard the above statement, or other of its variations and then when that person shared what she wrote it would just hit me (and others) like a refreshing shower after a long day in the desert… The amazing poetry and fantastic writing of some of these “not REAL writers” never fails to amaze me 🙂
Here’s where I’ll admit that in my first meeting with the writers group I’m in, I was exactly the same. “I just started something. I’m not a REAL writer…” and so on and so forth.
Whenever someone tells me that, I repeat what I was told in reply to my apologetic disclaimer. I simply ask “Do you write?” That would normally be answered in the affirmative and I would say “Then you’re a writer!”
You see, it is as simple as that! There is simply no other way to look at it.
Am I a GOOD writer? We’ll see what the people say once I publish. Am I a REAL writer? Of course I am! I sit down and write words on (electronic) paper. I hope one day I’ll be a great writer, but until then I’ll settle for just being one.
Do you ever ask yourself (or others) that? Please don’t. KNOW you are. You are a writer, cause writers write. What should one wait for? to become a best-selling author? Only then should one be considered a writer?
Consider that. Every one of those writers who are widely accepted as REAL writers, e.g. King, Asimov, Grisham, that guy Shakespeare 🙂 You know how they became REAL writers? I know. They took a piece of paper, or a typewriter or a computer and they started… writing. That is all.
I’m sorry if that was slightly repetitive, but I think it has to be. We all need reinforcement and that comes from constantly reminding ourselves of what’s important, which is to write. As long as you do that, there will be no need to ask. There should be no need to get anyone’s approval as well. Here’s a fun idea… go HERE and create a nice certificate for yourself. Like the one below. Hang that over your table or wherever you write.
Here’s another image I find fantastic and was shared on Facebook:
That’s it for today folks. Hope that was encouraging if not funny 🙂