What Makes A Writer A Writer?

What Makes A Writer A Writer?

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The thing about saying you are a writer is that it’s a label only you can give yourself. If I’m employed in a profession like, say, railroading then other people can look and agree that yes, you are indeed a railroader. But to claim to be a writer is a step out. Is it even a profession at all? Sure it is, if you’re Hemingway or Faulkner but what about the moonlighter like me. What makes a writer a writer?Writer

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I’ve bought a domain name with a touch of irony. Surely that makes me a writer. Well, maybe that’s not enough. So I purchased a host subscription and started a blog. That’s it. I’m officially a writer. Or not. Perhaps it’s that I say that I am in my Facebook profile. I don’t know exactly what the criteria is. What makes a writer a writer?

I’ve read a lot of the classics. I studied under some great high school lit teachers. They could be writers and probably are. I even passed of few college courses on literature. But it wasn’t my focus. I was a history major. I wrote a few papers for that. They usually gave me a B or C.  None of the professors ever dubbed me a writer. The other students didn’t either.  I don’t think they had a degree that proclaimed a writer had graduated. Maybe there was a certificate program that I missed. What makes a writer a writer?

I’ve seen other people on social media who said they were a writer. Who am I to doubt it? They have the profile to prove it. I’m sure they have lovely work to go along with their claim.  I don’t know who decided they were writers though.  We live in a world that says structure is a necessity for attainment.  How can people just sit down and start writing and then have the nerve to claim they are a writer without proper documentation? What makes a writer a writer?Diploma

I do not write every day, but something inside says I should. I have not published everything that I have written. I just had to get that stuff out.  Expression is a necessity for all of us. We all must create something.  The way I like to do that is by putting my thoughts into print.  My wandering narratives and dim-witted scribbles may never reach more than a few people, but at least I gave it a run.  I got it from my head to your eyes.  You may not read anything else that I write but you cannot argue with this claim.  Good or bad, I am a writer.




4 Replies to “What Makes A Writer A Writer?”

  1. You are a writer and for that I envy you. I read each blog you send through my subscription. Have you created a personal web page? If so please publish the link. My sites deal with my interest in alternative health and my property appraisal business. My sites are not very modern, but do serve a purpose. Visit raybrannum.com and from there investigate my other 3 sites.

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