When can you call yourself a writer?

THIS QUESTION seems to get asked a lot. I think it has to do with a lot of doubt and uncertainty.

When someone asks me this question, I reply with “Are you writing now?” or “Do you write?”

If they reply Yes, then I tell them “You are a writer.”

If they say No, then I ask them “Do you want to be a writer?”

Most of the time they reply Yes. Then I tell them you must write to be a writer.

Published doesn’t mean you are rich and famous, and unpublished doesn’t mean your work is bad.

I try to give confidence to others as often as I can to get started. Every thought and conversation is a form of a story. Writing it down is a medium to share that story.

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Stephen King’s On Writing audiobook takeaways

I’ve been listening to Stephen King’s On Writing and finished it this morning. Great book and I loved the audiobook.

My takeaways:

  • Write daily.
  • Let my story development flow as I write.
  • Start with a what if situation and move to a story about the people.
  • Write what is true and believable.
  • Use the first word that comes to mind.
  • “He said or she said” is divine.
  • Write to your ideal reader.
  • Write with the door closed, edit with the door open.
  • Writing is not life, life’s interruptions are more important.
  • Be professional and study your craft.
  • Kill your darlings.