I often find myself wondering if I’m a writer or not. What’s the necessary qualifications for me to consider myself worthy of the title?
Do I need to have been published? Then I’ve been a writer since I was nine.
Does it need to be a paid publication? Then I’ve been a writer since I published an 8 lines short story last year.
Or is it supposed to be a longer publication? Then I’m not a writer yet.
And what about self-publishing? Does a serial on a blog count? It doesn’t measure quality whatsoever. Should it?
A few weeks ago, my writing speed has sunk below my usual efficiency and has been there ever since. It’s frustrating because none of my stories seem to move forward as fast as they should. I lowered my writing goals and have to work a lot to meet them. Still, I sit in front of my computer every single day and stubbornly type as many words as I can.
That’s when it hit me.
I’m a writer.
Because that’s what writers do; we keep writing when we are at our worst. We don’t wait for inspiration to strike. We don’t wait for the perfect moment. We sit down and we work.
For me, that is what qualifies someone as a writer. Not paid publication (though we’ll most likely get there one day). The moment writing stops being a hobby and starts being a passion we work on, that determination to push through whatever the roadblock for no matter how long.
That definition sits well with me.
What about you? What makes someone a writer? Are you one?