Today I’m thrilled to welcome Sarah Hamaker as she shares what makes a writer.
Have you ever met someone who, when asked what they did, said, “I’m an attorney, but I don’t have my own law practice, so maybe I’m really not an attorney after all.” Or met a doctor who said, “I’m still learning how to be a doctor, but one day, maybe I’ll figure it all out and I’ll be a real doctor.”
Not likely, given how much formal training both lawyers and doctors have to undergo, plus certification requirements. But a writer? Well, anyone can be a writer, right?
Yes, anyone can be a writer, but I think to say you’re a writer, you have to actually write on a regular basis. Notice I didn’t say you have to be published—you just have to write, put words down on paper (or in a computer file), to work at honing your craft through classes and conferences, to have the courage to show your work to others (even if it’s just your mom or spouse), and to continue pressing on despite the challenges and setbacks.
That’s a pretty loose definition of writing, isn’t it? If you write, you’re a writer. Like with any hobby, you have those who don’t take it seriously and “write a little bit on the side.” But if you are committed to writing, then why is it so hard to call yourself a writer? Why do we struggle to say, “I’m a writer” and let that stand as is?
All too often, we say things like, “I’m a writer, but I haven’t been published.” Or “I’m a writer but I don’t have an agent.” Or “I’m a writer but I’m not very good.”
If you’re someone who writes—or, like I sometimes say, “I can’t NOT write—then you’re a writer, no matter your publishing status or point along your writing journey. Embrace your writerhood and wear the name Writer with pride.
Now, go forth and write!
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Sarah Hamaker has published two nonfiction books, and her stories have appeared in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her romantic suspense novel, The Dark Guest, won the 2015 ACFW Genesis contest. She’s represented by Tamela Hancock Murray with the Steve Laube Agency. Visit her online at www.sarahhamakerfiction.com.