January 29, 2012 at 11:55 pm (Uncategorized)

Originally posted on Whatever:

Here are three questions I was recently asked about writing. I’m going to condense the questions, because when they were asked, they meandered across several paragraphs; they boil down to three sentences, which are:

When may you call yourself a writer? When may you call yourself a professional writer? When may you say you are a good writer?

These are three separate but related questions. Let’s start with the most fundamental.

When may you call yourself a writer?

I tend to be very small-c catholic on this question and say that if you write at all, you can consider yourself a writer. This annoys people who think that tweeting about your lunch or posting on Facebook that your cat horked up a hairball does not rise to the level of truewriting, but, look, writing is an act of setting down in words the things about which you have…

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1 Comment

  1. amandamholt said,

    Sorry, forgot to comment on this! Article by the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Association (I believe was his titleage) on when you can call yourself a writer, when you can call yourself a professional writer, and when you can call yourself a good writer.

    I currently feel that I am all but the latter — ah, yes, my talent(s) (or lack thereof) are an ungoing WIP (Work In Progress)…

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