Can You Call Yourself a Writer if You Are Not Published?
I recently had an aspiring writer tell me they did not want to start a blog or sign up on Twitter because they didn’t want anyone to know they were a writer. I was dumbfounded that I don’t even remember if my brows crinkled or my mouth persed. They went on to explain that if you have a blog and declare yourself a writer then you have to be published. In essence their take on this subject was only published writers can truly say they are a “writer.” My response to this was to just stare and blink. I knew what I wanted to say, but I’m sure it would have come out completely wrong and most likely rude if I said it.
Sure, all of us aspiring writers would love to be published. To see our words down in ink or e-book. That is the end goal to all of our hours we spend hunched over our computer keyboards typing away. But, I have to disagree that only published writers can call themselves writers. I think most of us would agree we write because its our passion. It is a creative fulfillment, an outlet that allows us to get all those dang stories out of our head on onto the page. It is also a hair pulling out process as we edit and rethink our story structure. It doesn’t matter if you are published, if you spend every extra moment you have writing then you are a writer.
I am curious to know what you think? Do you consider aspiring writers, writers?