How do you know you’re a writer?

Hello, my pretties! Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a fun and safe celebration, and that you’re not too hungover by now. ;) Mine was pretty quiet, staying home and chatting with friends on Discord until bedtime. I’m an old lady, okay? I’m basically 36 going on 80, what can I do?

Okay, well wishes and more than you wanted to know about me aside, let us move on to the post, shall we?

I don’t know if it’s just me, correct me if I’m wrong. But from where I’m standing, writers seem to be the reigning monarchs when it comes to impostor syndrome. Pretty much every writer friend I have suffers from it. And a very frequent question I hear is how do I know I’m a real writer?

Before I go on, as usual, I need to make it clear – as I often do – that I’m not an expert on anything, including writing. Okay, let us move on.

I know it’s hard to consider oneself a real writer when others out there are publishing books, getting deals, making money, etc etc, and you’re sitting there writing on a blog or even writing good novels that don’t really get publishing deals (yet).

But I have two questions for all of those who (like myself) sometimes question themselves.

Are you a real person? With the way technology has been evolving in the past few years, with AI and all that jazz, I have to ask the question, okay? Sorry, no need to get offended. 

Do you write? I know that’s the million dollar question. Are you writing? For a blog, a novel, short stories, what have you? Even if you haven’t gotten a publishing deal yet?

If you have answered “yes” to both of these questions, you’re a real writer. Isn’t that amazing? Hang in there! Keep writing – blogging, writing your short stories, your novel, what have you. You’ll get there one day! Don’t give up!

All right, that’s it for today! It’s your turn to speak now! Have you ever questioned yourself on whether or not you’re a real writer? And what do you write? Share it all with me in the comments!

Oh, and I almost forgot (actually, I forgot and had to come back here and edit this in) to share my final word count from next year: I ended the year with 467,927 words. My goal was to hit 365,000 words (averaging 1,000 words per day), so I’m very happy with this final mark. Here’s hoping I’ll hit my target this year too! Have you hit yours? I’d love for you to share what your target for last year was and whether or not you’ve hit it!

See you on the next post! Love you all! 


4 thoughts on “How do you know you’re a writer?

  1. It’s all subjective, isn’t it? I agree with you, though. If you write for the sake of capturing your thoughts and ideas, then you ARE a writer. A good writer, a bad writer, a writer that never gets published… irrelevant.

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    1. Yup. Of course there’s being a published writer or a writer who’s making money, but, all of the layers stripped, if you write, you’re a writer. It comes as a relief to learn that, and it may be encouraging when it comes to keeping on writing. :)

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  2. Very true. I believe that a writer is just someone who writes, but it’s so hard to remember! Definite imposter syndrome over here.

    Congrats on making your goal! That’s a super impressive word count. I don’t have a word count goal (and I won’t set one). But in 2018 I finished (I think the last 20k ish words?) of a novel first draft and wrote the whole second draft (80kish) plus everything I wrote for my site. So I’m satisfied with what I achieved in terms of writing.

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    1. It is, I have to remind myself often too, but I believe we’ll all eventually be able to internalize the fact that we are writers, published or not.

      And thanks! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to, with me having to rest a lot post-surgery and writing less in consequence, but it was great, and I’m really looking forward to carrying on. And you did really well too! I’m considering finally stopping being lazy and writing a novel, let’s see how it goes. Here’s to a great 2019 for us all!

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