What Does it Mean to be a Writer?

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It’s a simple question right?

Does it mean that you have to make a certain amount of money from your writing? Do you have to have produced a specific number of individual works? Do you have to write books? Do you have to have a traditional publisher? Do you have to have been writing for a certain number of years? Do you have to write everyday?

I you asked me, I’d say that you simply have to produce something. It doesn’t have to be great or well-received or even known by more than a handful of people. You’re a writer because you’ve written.

But I’m asking you, what does it mean to be a writer?

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9 thoughts on “What Does it Mean to be a Writer?

  1. I think you must have sacrificed a small part of your life to better your writing- be it time, money, energy, or something completely different As long as you continue to choose writing over other things, you remain a writer.

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  3. All of the above, I constantly juggle my reasons to write. I’d love to make money from it, enough to justify doing it full time, would love to get published both online and in bookstores but overall I enjoy creating new stories, if I didn’t there is no way I put myself out there for possible failure…. hopefully success though (o;

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    • I agree. I think it’d be great to write and not have to have another means of income, but I too simply enjoy creating new stories. It’s pretty remarkable if you ask me.

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  4. For me, being a writer means waking up each day and thinking about writing. I go to sleep thinking about writing. My first thoughts, though, will carry me through the day and are directed at ideas and plots and solutions. If I wake up in the middle of the night, it’s the same thing. If the flow is right, it will drag me out of bed, tired or not, and into my office to catch as many words as I can.

    In the evenings, I’ll forget what movie I’m watching because I’m thinking about the story I’m working on. I’ve been known to get lost in a small town because I haven’t paid attention to where I’m going, instead playing out plots in my head.

    One day I followed a complete stranger around a large crowded store, thinking he was my husband. I had started out following my husband, but somewhere this man’s path crossed with his and I attached to the wrong guy! Fortunately, being a crowded store, the man in question didn’t notice, but I had a frantic fifteen minutes trying to find my husband (who was quite amused by the whole thing. Now he checks frequently that I’m still with him).

    Writing something is part of it, certainly, but the project doesn’t have to be finished. If you’re writing, you’re a writer.

    For the record, I have two science fiction books published with a third one on the way.

    I think being a writer means living and breathing your story, your characters, plots, twists and turns, problems, solutions, research and, yes, the actual manual input and time spent at your desk.

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