Monday, 21 October 2013

What Makes A Writer?

A lot of people seem to ask this question, whether they have just started writing or have been writing for years. Some people seem to think that there is a rite of passage that people need to pass before they can call themselves 'writers'.
The truth is you're already there. Do you take the time to sit down and grab a pen and paper? Do you take the time to turn on your laptop/ computer/ tablet and go onto a blank document before taking the first tentative taps on the keys? Then you're a writer. Plain and simple.

If someone were to walk over to a canvas and paint a picture- and if they did this often- we would call them a 'painter'. Yes, they may not do it for a career- yes, they may not get any financial gain from it but they paint.
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The same example can be given with someone who runs. If someone takes the time to go out every morning or every evening to jog- even if it's only for half a mile- they are still a 'runner'.

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So the next time someone asks you what you do, don't be embarrassed to hold your head up high and say, "I'm a writer." because at the end of the day you are.

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