Friday, April 20, 2012

Fabulously Fun Friday: Are You Really a Writer?


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24 comments:

  1. Ha! Makes sense to me (maybe too much).

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  2. This is tremendously encouraging!!! I perpetually question my right to this title. In fact, I've drafted several versions of a post just this afternoon titled "I'm not that important." Scary things like getting new headshots will do that to a fiercely insecure writer like me.

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    1. I'm adamant about the right of anyone who writes to claim the title of writer. If we write, we're writers, period. Published writer, skilled writer - that's a whole 'nother ball of wax. But if we write, what else are we? Claim it!

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    2. Agreed! My husband calls himself a "cyclist" because he loves riding his bike, and it's an important part of his life. Nobody argues that he is not a cyclist because he has not won televised races or landed sponsors. Singers are people who sing, runners are people who run, and writers are people who write.

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    3. Exactly. There's a lot of self-doubt among writers, but there's absolutely no reason for us to shy away from the title anymore than any one else who's passionate about their career/hobby/sport/etc.

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    4. My husband calls himself a golfer. I have to bite down on my tongue to keep from making those snorty noises 9-year old boys make behind your back. But, in truth, he golfs, so he is a golfer. And he'd better not snort when I tell him I'm a writer, albeit a writer riddled with self-doubt...sigh

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    5. A little mutual snorting - so long as it's good-natured - can't go amiss. But, beneath the snortiness, it's great when we can support each other in our passionate pursuits.

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  3. I can see all the people I ask that question of nodding emphatically in agreement with you. :)

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  4. My first story to be published in an actual book released this week. I was very confident right up until the first review popped up. It hadn't ever occurred to me that professional reviewers would be critiquing the book. I admit to a sudden jolt of terror about how my story held up to criticism: to look or not to look?

    I looked.

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    1. I've been getting reviews for years now, but the look-or-not-to-look question still looms large. I *always* look, and I've been fortunate not to get blasted too often. But sometimes I wonder if the good or the bad reviews really do me any good. Either way, the only thing we can do is keep our heads down and keep writing.

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  5. Glad you all enjoyed the post. Keep writing!

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  6. Ha! Yeah. I must be a writer. :D

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  7. *Sobs* At last! I am validated. I am the real thing. I am not... a pretender. My shoulders feel lighter. My burden is lifted. The joy of this realisation is almost too much.

    Wait! What if I'm not a pretender, but have no talent either? Oh no...

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    1. Hey, don't go from one self-doubt to another. ;) Talent is fortunately something that can be steadily improved upon.

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  8. Last night, insomnia and insecurities kept me awake well past the midnight hour. Questions ran through my mind all night as I lay awake, wondering if I could really do this thing. This morning, I spoke to a friend about my uncertainty and she told me, simply, to quit. When I instantly went on the defense, listing all the reasons that I do write, she started to laugh at me and said, “Then that is why you keep writing.”

    Thanks for posting this to farther encourage me!

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    1. We know we're passionate about something when we not only do it for free, but would pay to do it, if we had to. Keep on keeping on - and don't let the insecurities bite!

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  9. I have a quote hanging above my desk that says "You are a writer if you write. So write!" and since finding that I am regularly reminded that I am a writer (and so feel a bit better about saying it out loud!)

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    1. I love that quote! And I heartily agree with it.

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