Insecure Writers Support Group.
I have written previous blog posts abut the six P’s a writer should have: Pride, Practice, Professionalism, Patience, Perseverance, and Passion. Five of these are pretty self-explanatory, but what about the first? After all, isn’t Pride one of the Seven Deadly Sins? Doesn’t Pride goeth before a fall and shame follows after?
But I don’t mean Pride as Vanity.
I have been to many workshops or meetings where each participant is asked to introduce him or herself and tell why they came. So often the answer is, “I’m a wannabe writer.” Or “I’m trying to become a writer.”
I might ask, “Do you write?” Or “Have you written something?” If the answer is “Yes,” that person is a writer. Writer is not the same as published writer, just as poet is not the same as published poet and novelist is not the same as published novelist. Simply put, if you write, you are a writer.
So proclaim it proudly, “I am a writer!” Of course, that statement may evoke questions like “What have you written?” or “Are you published?”
Be honest. In my case, I have written 11 novels, several dozen short stories, hundreds of poems, and more than 70 blog posts. So far, other than the blog posts, one short story and three poems were published, but I was a writer long before any of that happened. In a year or so, I expect to have my first published novel, but I have been a novelist for decades. I have worked hard and I deserve the title “writer.” If you write, so do you.
Be proud. Say the words. “I am a writer!”
|Kathy (right) and Kim working on novels Like a River and Muleskinner at the last Swagger retreat.|