What Does it Take to be Considered a Writer?

There are a lot of standards that gauge what we are and what our places are in the world. Some of these standards are personal guidelines in order to determine ones’ own position, but others are more official. In regards to the writing world, in my opinion, it’s more of a personal thing– but each and every person will have their own standards by which everyone else will be judged.

One person may not consider an author with six published books a real writer because they don’t meet their standards, whatever they may be. Though honestly, I think if you’ve published six books you’re a writer no matter what angle you look at it from!

Some people believe that being a writer means that you write every day. Others believe that it means you meet a certain word count each day.

But what does it really take to be a real writer?

To me, being a writer doesn’t mean that you write every day. It doesn’t mean that you meet that 1,500 goal every day. It doesn’t mean that you write a novel a month, or that you already have a bunch of published work. To me, being a writer is about who you are in your heart of hearts.Do you believe you’re a writer?

Do you believe you’re a writer? Then you’re a writer.

Do you think about writing every waking hour? Sometimes even when you’re dead asleep? Then you’re a writer.

Do you see ways to portray real experiences in your writing? Then you’re a writer.

There are a billion and one things that can make you a writer. You only have to decide which makes you a writer.

So, what makes you a writer?

~Erynn

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6 thoughts on “What Does it Take to be Considered a Writer?

  1. Where you’ve said if you continually think about writing, or by simply believing, that is very true. I also think that writing anything can make you a writer. A journal, a random poem, it’s still writing; even if that person doesn’t have writing as a career, even as a hobby, they were still a writer for that moment. Years ago, I always thought you were only a writer if you’d published or built a name for yourself, but now I think that although that DOES make you a writer, it is not the only definition of one. Great post!

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    • Glad you agree. There are a lot of contributing factors that make someone a writer. Like many things, it’s not something linear that you can say “if you do x you’re a writer” or “if you do x you’re not a writer”. It’s more like “if you do x or x or x you’re a writer”. I see so many people brought down about their writing because they don’t think they’re a real writer based off of other peoples’ close-minded opinions on the matter. Really, being a writer is simple. You are one if you believe you are.

      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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  2. I totally agree. If there’s passion when the words start flowing onto paper/screen then you are a writer, regardless if what you write is for others eyes or only your own.

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  3. A writer writes is a pretty simple way of putting it, and defining ourselves as writers comes from something deep inside. I started calling myself a writer when I became serious about the craft. About learning from others. About doing the drudgery as well as the creative, fun parts.

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