Today's guest post is from a longtime writing friend, David Leonhardt. I met him years ago when we cross promoted an e-book with about a dozen authors from different countries. He has an author service business--his way of SharingwithWriters--something that we both have a passion for. I love this article because so many of my clients seem a bit shy about calling themselves a writer or an author. There is something zen about just knowing that you are. And owning it. Then others will, too. Here is David's wisdom!
Is it OK to call yourself a writer?
Money doesn’t make someone a writer. Getting paid to write makes a person an entrepreneur. Perhaps they remain just as much a writer, perhaps not.
When it comes to language definitions, there is plenty of room for honest disagreement. But I’ve been a writer since I wrote for my high school newspaper, becoming co-editor in my senior year. I have been a writer of poems and song lyrics on nobody’s payroll. I have since become a published author and a prolific blogger. I ghostwrite articles and I have written reports and news releases as an employee and as a freelancer. I think I have been many writers.
But mostly, I am a writer when I feel that I am. Because putting words together to express an idea is a huge and defining part of whom I am.
What about skill? Does skill make you a writer? Please don’t re-read the first Half of this blog post, riddled with sentence fragments and full sentences ending in prepositions. Skilled or not, I am a writer.
Believe it or not, there are a lot of people out there who are clumsy at everything they do. There are many people who can’t seem to get their lives together. There are people who are rude and selfish. There are all sorts of people who are not very skilled at being human.
They are human. Skilled or not, they are human.
There are writers who can lead you through the gates of Hell, across the vast expanse of space and into the deepest recesses of your mind. There are other who make you fall asleep. They are writers if they say so.
Are you a writer? If not, what are you? Who are you? What are your thoughts on this?
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .