“I am a writer.”
Those are the words I shout in my head when someone asks me what I do for a living. What actually comes out of my mouth is completely different.
“I’m a high school secretary.”
I’ve written stories since my teenage years. I’ve been writing with the hopes of getting published since my early twenties, but I have never stood up and claimed to be a writer.
What makes someone a writer? Writing every day? Being published? Making enough money to quit my day job?
Who should decide what I call myself? Me? My readers? The public? Merriam-Webster said I was a writer back in high school. A writer is “one who writes”. Dictionary.com is not as firm with its answer. It says a writer is “a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist”.
My first book will be published this year and my confidence at calling myself writer is growing. Though once my book is out I wonder if I will still hesitate to answer that question truthfully. Will I need readers to validate my passion? Good reviews?
Soon, I would like to think that I will have the courage and belief in myself to stand up and shout to anyone who is interested, I AM A WRITER.