becoming a writer, hope, not yet a professional, post-degree, writing from the heart

I am simply someone who writes.

 {via: Notes to Self.}

I want to become “a writer.” I studied writing (many different forms and styles). I’ve analyzed writing and  even had to critique others’ works in fiction classes. I’ve also written for a newspaper and some online magazines. But still, yet, I do not call myself a “writer.” For some reason, I refuse to call myself such—I feel I haven’t reached that point yet. The point which I consider myself a real life, working, living, breathing writer.

Maybe it’s because I fear being called a writer. I am scared of the expectations that come with that title. After years—maybe ten years—of writing everyday, maybe then I will be comfortabe with calling myself a writer. (A professor I had for poetry class always said something along the lines of “it takes doing something for 500 hours before you can consider yourself a professional.” I took that to heart.)

And today, after finding this article in my bookmarks, I realized it’s something many struggle with; being considered “a writer” or not. But someday I truly hope to be able to say with fervor: Yes. I am a writer.

As for now—now I say:
I am simply someone who writes.


7 thoughts on “I am simply someone who writes.

  1. I feel the same way. Writing has always been a key part of who I am and how I express myself. Yet, I have lacked consistency and always seem to doubt myself. However I love your courage to just say, I will be a writer.


  2. i've been conflicted with this title, too. i've been writing everything and anything i can since the time i was eight, and yet i still have difficulty calling myself a writer.

    i wrote a book in high school. it's not the most amazing book you will ever read, but it is a sweet book, a tender book and it's mine. i self-published it this month, and decided that i can call myself a writer.

    maybe the fear is gone in my proudest moment yet. i know in ten years i will probably look back at this time in my life and laugh at myself for saying i was a writer. but all writers start somewhere. i'm not the best or the greatest. but i am one all the same.



  3. It was really weird to me the day I woke up and realized I'm a writer. Like, I get paychecks for this? It was like this childhood fantasy come true. Also it makes me feel like I should be in a chick flick because aren't they always writers or something? Biggest thing: keep writing, and don't be afraid of rejection. Also, feel free to claim the title all you want — paycheck or not. Athletes and artists don't need to be professional to claim it, do they?


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