Are you a real writer?

Are you a real writer? There is no final answer to this question, only your own beliefs. My definition is; as soon as you write or type that first word, you are a writer.  Many blocked writers wonder or obsess about this question at some point or another. “Am I a real writer?” Well… what does it mean to be a real writer?  My definition is; as soon as you write or type that first word, you are a writer.  Others believe that a ‘real’ writer is someone who is published. With the massive increase in online publishing and self-publishing recently  this definition really needs to be retired.

The dark musings and apprehensions that underlie the question are an interesting issue. To identify oneself as a writer is not a simple feat. Many of us have been brainwashed in our impressionable formative years to believe that ‘real’ writers possess some magical talents that we could never aspire to, or that they are a dissolute, impoverished dreamers who refuse to live a normal life.  If you think you have to already be a ‘real’ writer in order to justify our spending time doing it, you might end up with a nasty block.

In the end, though, it doesn’t matter if you are a ‘real’ writer, however you define it. If you want to write, then do so.

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About David Arnot Rasch

Author, psychologist, speaker, teacher, coach, workshop leader
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