The Prairie Chicks Write Romance blog is one of the first I came across when I was unsure if I was an actual writer. How does a person know if they are a writer or not? I can recall Googling "How do you know if you are a writer?"
I wanted to know. I needed to know. I was looking for someone else to tell me. In many ways, this blog gave me the answer I needed - And now they are letting me add my two bits.
If you have been writing and are curious to know if you are a writer or not, I am here to tell you this:
You Are A Writer.
You are a writer.
YOU ARE A WRITER!
Now you know. Writing is a verb, after all. If you write, you are a writer.
Can you write something that every Reader will adore?
Should that bother you?
You tell me.
I'm don't say this because I am trying to be that person who feels everyone needs a dose of reality. I say this because I hope you find it freeing.
Write what you like to write. Write what you like to read. You don't need to write something everyone will like. Don't worry about whether or not someone else will consider it writing. It is.
A somewhat related tangent:
There is a new trend where people are announcing 10,000 hours of practice are required before expertise at a skill can be claimed (Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers - I haven't read the book yet, but need to. I love the concept). Despite this, some largely published authors say they still don't know how to write a book - They only know how to write the book they are working on at the moment.
I don't doubt these authors are more interested in putting in 10 or 20,000 more hours of practice than in saying they have mastered the technique and are ready to move on to other things.
I believe 10,000 hours of practice makes sense - Most of us have been writing since we learned how to read. School reports on topics such as dinosaurs and alternative fuel sources all contribute to the log book.
So, yes. You are a writer.
I have a few questions for you (feel free to answer all or none or any other combination):
- When did you first realize you were a writer?
- How many hours of writing practice do you think you had contributed at that point?
- Which is more important - the number of hours or the quality of the practice?
- What defines quality writing practice?
Fun fact - Based on a quick count, variants of the word write appear 24 times in the body of this post. Subliminal message: Go do some writing.)
(I apologize if I am slow in replying to any comments. I am out of town and pretty sure I will not be able to access blogger until some time around the 10th.)