I am a writer.

Writers write.I am a writer.

If you are a writer and you haven’t said these words out loud, say them now. As you know, there is power in words. Saying them, writing them down, they make something true. Words can never be unsaid.

It was a couple of months after I joined my writers’ group, The Weaklings, before I said those words out loud. I had been writing for a while, but had never claimed the title. I remember having a conversation with another member of the group about whether or not I should be telling anyone about my writing.

It isn’t that I was ashamed of it. It was more that I was afraid of it. To say it would make it true, and what if it wasn’t true? What if I was just a man with a hobby?

My friend assured me that he felt the same way, but we were still writers all the same.

“Writers write,” he said to me. “That’s the definition of being a writer.”

This definition has haunted me. There have been times since I first claimed the title that I have not written. I still attended writers’ group meetings, still read the right magazines, still made notes for my different projects, but when I had the chance to put pen to paper, I’d choose something else.

Why? I scorned writing for many reasons. Some were valid, like grief and taking the time to be a husband and father. Some were not, like video games, television, and laziness. Some were not, but seemed to be, like research, reading, and making notes. But whatever the case, in those times when I was not writing, I was failing the basic test of being a writer. Writers write.

So here I am, saying it once again, hoping that my will and creativity will meet my goal of putting pen to paper and I will finish the works that I have started. I want to make it real.

I am a writer.

 

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Congratulations to Tim Vine on winning the LOTR set!

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5 thoughts on “I am a writer.

  1. I think that sentence is on the tip of my tongue. I will say them eventually. I got to the point in my crazy publishing quest when I thought I had to publish something then I could christen myself a writer. It is true what you have said my friend. Writer’s write. That is the simplest definition. So I guess I am a writer too.

  2. I am a writer…when I wrote that on the “about me” page on my blog it made it more real. I only do freelance writing but still, I write! And you are also right, saying it out loud and putting it out there validates that part of who we are and keeps us accountable.

  3. Pingback: Who am I? | Josh Mosey | Writer

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