How do you know if you’re a writer
I encounter dozens of people on a regular basis who say they love to write, but wish they could someday be a writer. Many of them have recorded their thoughts or creative ideas with pen and paper or on the computer for years. However, they don’t feel confident enough to call themselves a writer—or they don’t know what exactly constitutes being a writer. This is unfortunate, and something I hope to clear up once and for all.
My name is Jason W. Blair and I have been a writer from the time I was five years old and creating stories about aliens coming to earth and befriending humans. However, I have only been writing professionally for about five years. That doesn’t mean, though, that I’ve only been a writer for five years. I have been one from an early age. Nay, I was born a writer. It is a gift that an intelligent higher-up infused in my DNA.
So, if I was a writer at age five, then anyone who writes could be considered a writer, right? Not exactly. To officially call yourself a writer, you should definitely meet at least a few of the following criteria, and there are countless others than I’ve outlined below.
What Constitutes a Writer
Your free time is spent engaging in creative activities (eg. books, movies, theatre, etc.)
You’re able to lie or tell wild, creative tales of your misadventures—and others actually believe you.
An extensive portion of your day is spent in that secret corner of your brain that has but one goal: ‘To write, or not to write; there is no question about it’.
Throughout your day, you find yourself narrating surrounding activities (eg. A pudgy, balding man steps up to the edge of the sidewalk. He looks both ways before cautiously moving forward, across the street, to the pharmacy beyond. But before he’s able to reach it, a police car rounds the bend in the road up ahead. Its lights begin to flash and a short, intermittent siren blares. Then it stops altogether and a burly officer climbs out.)
As you can see, there are not a lot of criteria for being a writer—but you need to be a creatively minded person in order to call yourself one. You live to create, enhance, and destroy the world around you at will with the stroke of a pen or the tap of a few keys on your computer.
So, the next time someone asks if you’re a writer, consider the short list of characteristics I’ve mentioned above and see if they accurately describe you. If so, you can boldly tell everyone you meet that you’re a writer.