If you have ever dreamed of spending your days in front of your laptop with story details dripping from your fingers, you have likely looked forward to the day you can proudly proclaim yourself a writer. How will you know when this day finally arrives?
Well…it probably has already.
You have spent time writing and feel compelled to continue. You’ve made it a part of your daily routine, and you put your heart into everything you create. You don’t settle for what will pass as good writing, but strive to create what truly is the best you have to offer. You feel driven to tell a story, and sharing things with the world is something you hold close to your heart.
All of these things help to create a new writer, but there are several things that didn’t make the list.
You don’t need to be a professional writer to be a true writer. You don’t need to be paid for your writing to really dive in and enjoy it. This may be your goal, but you are no less of a writer if this never happens. In fact, you’ll find lots of writing – even from the best in the business – that hasn’t earned a penny. Not everything you produce will be sent out into the world. Not everyone writes for a paycheck.
Being a writer simply means that you write, and that you do so regularly. Think of it this way – there are many musicians who don’t play professionally. Does this make them any less talented? Not at all! Playing guitar in their homes for their households to listen to can be a great way to hone skills and really enjoy themselves. It’s the fact that they physically spend time playing the guitar on a regular basis that makes them a guitar player.
If you are sitting at home surrounded by the stories you’ve created, you are a writer. Be proud.
This doesn’t mean you need to scream it from the rooftops. I mean, you can if you want to, but many people will opt for a quieter approach. Some people will choose to never seek out publication of any kind, and that’s okay. There is nothing wrong with writing simply because you enjoy it, or because you feel called to do so. It can be therapeutic. It can help you organize your thoughts. It can help you blow off some steam. It can be just plain fun.
Whatever the reason, just keep on going and enjoy the journey.