Am I a Writer?
Hello, again! I hope you’ve all been having a great week and have been getting some writing in! I have the next part of my series of posts on ways to save in the publishing/promoting process coming, but I wanted to share this with you in the meantime.
I love the message of this post. It reminds me of what Whoopie Goldberg said to one of the students in Sister Act: If you wake up every day thinking about singing, you are a singer.
Too often, we come across the idea that unless you are published by a big house and making lots of money off of your book, you’re not a “real” writer/author. I couldn’t disagree more. As long as the ideas are getting written down and you’re putting some time into your writing, you are a real writer. Hang in there and enjoy the process! Let it be about the love of it, not about the result.
Upon having an idea for a book or short story, one of the first questions many people ask themselves is: am I really a writer? They may have a plot, or perhaps a character begging to be brought to life, but they also often have a day job, a wife/husband, kids, mortgage, and in some cases, all of the above. The focus and commitment required to actually complete a novel can be overwhelming, prompting many people to ask themselves if they truly have what it takes.
Years ago when I was taking writing classes at UCLA Extension, I met many people pondering this question. In fact, every class was full of them. As I explored the depth of this topic on their behalf as well as my own, it occurred to me that most of us fell into one of two categories: (1) those that wrote whenever they had time…
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