I’m fine being asked if I’m a mum, a project manager, an accountant, a training manager and a testing manager, but when someone asks me if I am a writer, I come up with this long-winded sentence which goes something like this:
‘I’ve written all my life and I’d like to think I am a writer, in fact I am….I really am trying to learn how to be a writer…actually I’m doing a course to learn how to earn money being a freelance writer and I do this daily blog about writing tips to improve my writing skills….’
…and it goes on and on until they glaze over!
Now I’ve been writing most of my life (albeit, mainly for fun) and certainly for longer than I’ve been qualified in any of the above jobs, so why do I find it so hard to respond confidently ‘yes, I am a writer’ without trying to make it sound like I will be one day? When do writers qualify as writers? Is it when they start to earn revenue from it? Maybe this was meant to happen, so that I start calling myself a writer from today.
I am a writer…
So, let me practice. “Hi my name is Sandra Madeira and I am a freelance writer in my spare time; however, one day when I earn enough money doing it, it will become my full-time job.” There, that was easy (well, not really – I rewrote it twice).
Thank you to the person who asked me the question today which inspired me to write this blog. If she hadn’t, then it wouldn’t have made me realise how things have changed for me this year and how I should be calling myself a writer. Do you have the same issue as me when being asked if you are a writer?
As always, I decided to check around the internet to see if anyone else has the same issues – I found a post by Lindsay Bamfield – When can you call yourself a writer? which is a very interesting read.
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