Do You Call Yourself a Writer?


Okay, this morning has been a bit hectic.  My husband almost hit a dog when leaving for work today, so he pulled over and checked on it. Pure bred pug. Collar, no tags, and hella friendly.  Clearly, someones pet.  We put it in our backyard and drove around the neighborhood to see if anyone was looking for a dog, but couldn't find anyone.  So, we had to go drive it to the no-kill shelter in town.  The dog was definitely an inside dog and I didn't want to leave it in the backyard all day in 103 degree heat.  So, hopefully, the owners call us or go look for it at the shelter.  *sigh*  Makes me sad to think someone might not find their dog.


But anyway, needless to say, I didn't get much done this morning, including blogging.  So I'm keeping today's post simple.

Do you call yourself a writer?  No, I don't mean just in your head.  Do you label yourself as such when other people ask?

There are a lot of names we give ourselves out in writing land--aspiring, unpublished, pre-published, wannabe, delusional, etc.  Okay, admittedly some are more positive sounding than others.  But regardless, most of us qualify the term writer (see, look over in my sidebar, I use aspiring.)

But why?  If we write, we're writers.  The only people who shouldn't call themselves writers are the people who TALK a lot about writing, but never actually put pen to page.  The if-I-only-had-time-I-would-write-the-great-american-novel people.  They are not writers--they are the aspiring, wannabe, etc.

So, wear your label proud and don't be afraid to tell others you're a writer.  It's freeing.  In fact, after today, I'm removing aspiring from my sidebar.  We write, therefore we're writers.  Period.

So, what's your opinion?  Do you call yourself a writer?  If not, what's stopping you?  When do you think a person can legitimately claim the writer title?  


**Today's Theme Song**
"Paperback Writer" - The Beatles
(player in sidebar, take a listen)