Have you ever met those people who introduce themselves as writers, but have yet to put it out in the world for fear of being “judged?” I have, and I am amazed at how angry, defensive, and downright psychotic when you imply that they should publish their work or let someone else read it.
“No, No!” They yell, to which I say, “Writing kept to your self is called a diary.” That gets some remarks.
The same is true for all creative artists. You have the majority who desire to create, but then want to keep the world from seeing it because of fear.
So, who then is a writer?
1. The person who actually writes. If you do not write, then you are not a writer. It is very simple. If you don’t paint, then how can you call yourself an artist, or a singer who doesn’t sing? You cannot be what you do not do.
2. The person who is afraid, but shares it anyway. It may be on a small scale, like a blog where they convince themselves that no one is going to read it, just to get the courage to do it. They put their ideas out there with the world, and sometimes it is successful and rewarding, and other times it is just there. But the bottom line is that they did it. That puts them in the rank of the Elite.
3. The person who sends out his writing for publication. They have moved from sharing their writing on a personal blog to something where they are not afraid to have judged, rejected, or published. People with something to say can pull this off really well. The writing may not be good, but they are willing to learn.
4. The person who makes that first dollar, maybe through Associated Content or some other site that pays. Once they have had a taste, it is difficult to go back to hiding their talents. People have commented on their writing; some piling on praise, while others are ready to tar and feather them. Ah, this is a writer.
Writing is both easy and difficult. It is easy to send junk that you know that will not get paid for, and really don’t care about. It is difficult to have a voice that people are willing to “listen” to in writing. It is easy to write the stuff that is loved and popular, but difficult to put that some passion into a topic that the writer hates or think is boring.
Writing is accommodating. A Writer can write today and never type another word, or they can write thousands of articles in their lifetime. They can write for the niche or the masses. They can write for moms one day and dads the next. There is so much versatility as a writer.
What message do you want to get out to the world? There has never been a better time to be writer. With the Internet you have an audience of millions at your fingertips. You don’t have to wait until a publisher gives their blessing with the blog. And, heck, you can start your own online Magazine and help other writers get their voices heard.
When you become a writer, you have entered a world where many desire to go, but few have the heart to walk in the door.