Writing Journey #2

One of the first questions that many people ask themselves (and others) when they begin their writing journey is, “Am I a writer?” (or any variation of the question). It is a simple question, and even simpler to answer, yet is chock full of hidden meaning and implied value that it can be a frightening question to ask.

First, what is a writer and are writers different than authors?

Writer

A person who has written something or who writes in a particular way.

Oxford English Dictionary

One that writes.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Well, there you have it. It’s official. Anyone and everyone who writes something is a writer. Admin assistants, food servers, managers, teachers, and the list goes on and on all the way down to stay-at-home individuals are writers of something. I am sure someone out there is a master “to-do” list writer.

Now, I know that is not exactly the answer people are looking for when they ask the question, but it is a simple answer for a simple question.

Blogging is writing, Tweeting is writing, even reviewing on Amazon or Goodreads is writing.

If you do any of those things, you are a writer!

If everyone is a writer, then are all writers authors?

Authors are, by definition, writers of “literary work” (Merriam-Webster) or “a writer of a book, article, or document” (Oxford). So, whether a writer is an author really depends on what the writer has done with their written work. If it has been published (internally or externally), then that person is also an author.

A person does not need to have followers, a platform, an agent, a publishing deal, a best seller, or anything else to call themselves a writer. It is an open entry field that generally accepts all who wish to claim the title.

When should you claim the title of writer? Anytime you want. For some, just saying they are a writer promotes the good-vibes required to muddle through and succeed. For others, they wait until they are an author before claiming to be a writer.

In the end, it is a process-defining word and describes one’s activities. Nothing more, nothing less. So, whether you write novels, poems, short stories, ad copy, business letters, letters to the editor, to-do lists, or shopping lists…you are a writer. Write On!


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Writing Journey #1

I have been toying with this new series of nonfiction posts for several weeks (for me, that’s a very long time) and after a lot of debate, I have opted to keep all my writing on one site that is free for everyone to read.

This first post simply aims to introduce the series, what it’s about, and why I need to write it.

Writing Journey is going to be a series of posts that offer a reflection, if you will, on my journey through writing, self-publishing, querying, the writing community, blogging, advertising, rejections and acceptances, and more. It’s not a “formal” series in the formalist sense of the word, but rather more of a “I wish I knew then, what I know now” type of series.

I am sure you will not agree with everything I write, and it’s good that you don’t. One key takeaway is that every path is unique to the individual. This series reflects my path, but will nonetheless hopefully offer some advice that may work for you on your path.

There are millions of articles, books, and themes out there that deal with the same material…so why should you read this one? Honestly, I don’t know. I am fine with not knowing that answer, because one thing that I really dislike are people who say, “every writer’s journey is different, but you should/need to do x, y, z.” Excuse me, but if everyone’s experience and journey is different, then why do I need to do what you say? I look for articles that tell someone’s journey and experience without the “business” side of things (for lack of a better word).

So, this series is simply me + my experiences, thoughts, ideas, and takeaways + advice I would have given myself when I began.

I hope you join me on this journey.