Can I Call Myself a Writer?

Hello peoples! Today I’m going to talk about my writing. No, I’m not going to share any snippets from my WIP (Work In Progress). In fact, I don’t have a WIP that I am actively working on. And sometimes, when reading author profile pages or someone else’s blog post, I feel guilty. As if “Sure, I’m a reader and a book blogger, but I’ll never be complete because I’m not a fiction writer.”

I have been told by writing teachers, friends, and family that I am a good writer. (My family members are brutally honest. Friends? Not so much, but 2 out of 3 *shrugs*) I believe that I am a good writer. Yes, sometimes I overuse the thesaurus, resulting in horribly awkward sentences. But overall, I like my style and voice.

I did not write many stories when I was young (young as in under 10). I can recall maybe 3. I wrote assigned stories, but hardly any of my own volition. In 2015, I decided to try participating in NaNoWriMo. I failed miserably. I wrote 12,628 words and that’s the most I’ve ever written following one plot.

I do have a little red notebook that I use as a journal of writing ideas. Character names, plot bunnies, conversations I overhear. Sometimes an entire scene, complete with setting, characters, and dialogue, will pop into my head. They come as these strange little flashes where I can so clearly see a world, but only through the smallest of windows, and then it disappears.

I have no finished story over 1,000 words. Among my fellow bloggers/writers, this sometimes makes me feel like an oddball. In this age, we are seeing tons of youthful genius. I’m not going to claim that everyone who deserves it gets attention, but there are now so many venues of getting yourself out there. This is not something negative, until I make it a competition in my mind. She’s sixteen and she just got published! She’s been working on this story since she was eleven?! I need to up my game-but I’m already losing.ย And on and on. It’s unhealthy, and part of being an artist is letting it be natural. Creativity is an inherent piece of you, not something you do to feel validated.

I write for this blog, as well as my personal blogย teenmusing. I’d also like to start writing in my journal more. (Greater quantities and more frequently. I opened it to write something the other night and saw that it’d been almost a year since I’d last written an entry. Oops.)

Currently, I don’t have a story to tell. What I’m doing right now is enough writing for me. And who knows? Perhaps someday my little red notebook will turn into a published story. Maybe not. There are plenty of successful authors who didn’t write seriously until after their forties! If you’re curious about their lives, Bloomย is a website that focuses on “late-blooming” writers. No matter what I do and do not accomplish in my life, I don’t want to base my happiness on how well I measure up to other people.

Do you compare yourself to others? Does it push you to be your best or drag you down? Comment, we can commiserate, everyone will feel a little bit better ๐Ÿ™‚

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7 thoughts on “Can I Call Myself a Writer?

  1. Oh my god! I connect with this on an incomprehensible level.This is Aditi, the “commentor” on your guest post on hermionefowl’s blog. Anyway, I am going through your blog and I am NOT disappointed, to say the least. Anyway, yes, teachers, friends and parents have told me similar things, and thesaurus.com is the most prominent reason my work sounds like a mature actually did it. *sly smirk*

    Yes! I have a similar green notebook that I use all the time to scribble in little things, and I’ve “done” Nanowrimo twice in the past, and I feel ashamed, but I’ve never gotten past 20,000 words. I’ll start with a great idea, great story, great beginning and then it’ll disinterest me and then I won’t keep up with my schedule and… *sigh* Now that I reread those “stories” the plots will be really good but the writing will be immature.

    I do the same exact thing. I’m working on a “book sort of thing” now and I am constantly reminded in today’s age that there are already people being published on novels they’ve recently started and that the blogs of my peers are so much better.

    I can keep a journal if I really want to, and I have so much to write about, but life gets in the way. I know it’s a horrible excuse but I really, truly “let myself out” online, I suppose.

    Either ways, anybody can can consider themselves a writer, some people write more descriptively, some people write poetically, some people are more cutthroat. You are a writer. We are writers.

    Ah sorry for the super long comment again. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love,
    Aditi

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  2. Ugh, I compare myself to other writers at the time, and it always makes me feel icky because I can always find reasons why everyone else is better/more accomplished/generally more awesome than me. It definitely doesn’t help me with my own writing, and I have to force myself to keep to an “eyes on your own page” policy because otherwise I don’t think I would get anything done–I would just live in crippling self doubt. ๐Ÿ˜›

    But you are a good writer! And even if you never publish a novel, you’ll still be a writer. And that’s awesome. *applauds you*

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, unless you’re reading for inspiration/improvement, “eyes on your own page” sounds like a great policy.
      I suppose I’m just trying to figure out where exactly I belong in the writing world. Regardless of the sub-label, I want to continue doing what I love.

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  3. Yes you can call yourself a writer! Maybe not a professional, but certainly a writer at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m in the same boat as you. I never write stories. I have ideas for them but I never just sit down and write them. But I was always guaranteed an A on a paper in college, so I know I can write if forced!

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