Webster’s defines a writer as “one that writes”. It’s funny how easy it is for me to forget that. When my husband or close friends say “She’s a writer.” I tend to shy away from the title, because sometimes I don’t believe it’s true.
Published or not?
I have a hard time calling myself a writer because I have't published a novel yet. This most likely comes from the fact that when someone finds out I’m a writer the first thing they ask is “are you published?”. Yes, I have a blog post here and there, but I have yet to hold that novel I have been working on in my hands. At times like these I have to take a step back and remind myself that the reason I write is not to be published. I write because it is my gift. I write because I feel it is what God is calling me to do. I write because I can not, not write.
If I’m not working on a book I’m not writing.
As strange as it might seem, for a long time I felt as if I wasn’t working on my novel I wasn’t actually writing. A few months ago, I was working on a presentation for a marriage ministry that my husband and I are involved in when it hit me. I was writing. It didn’t matter that I wasn’t working on my novel, a short story, an article, or a blog post. I was pulling from my personal experience, being creative, and I was honing my craft. Anytime you put pen to paper (or in this age fingers to keyboard) you are writing.
Everyone is a writer.
It seems like everyone I run into is writing a book, would like to write a book, or has at least though about writing a book at some point. It is easy to get discouraged when it seems the market is so flooded with competition. The difference between writers that eventually get published and writers that don’t isn’t necessarily writing ability. Writers that get published face rejection and keep on trucking. They never give up. Gone With The Wind was rejected thirty-eight times before it was published. That really puts things into perspective for me. Just because one publisher doesn’t like my work doesn’t mean that there will never be a publisher that likes my story. It just means that this is not the right time for it. If I keep refining my story and sharpening my skills someday I might be published.
Things to remember.
If you are reading this post you are most likely a writer. Believe it wether you are published or not.
It doesn’t matter what you are working on as long as you are writing you are honing your craft. Write because you love to write. Write because you can not, not write.
Most importantly, never give up.