I never really thought it would be such an important question. In my eyes a “writer” is someone who writes. I just thought that was common sense…. maybe I was wrong.
A year ago, I wrote a post talking about someone said I couldn’t call myself a writer yet because I wasn’t published. I was kind of taken aback by that, thinking what his logic was at saying that, but I dealt with it. That’s what I learned you have to deal with what I like to call…. “The Writer Clique.”
We all know they’re out there whether we would like to admit it or not. They’re the snotty writers who like to think their writing is better than everyone and they can dictate who is a writer and who isn’t. It’s almost like they sit in candlelit rooms in a circle critiquing any person who has a dream of being a writer. They are extremely hard to please and don’t want the competition. They are the worst critics you will ever meet.
It’s happened to me again recently. Someone asked me how my book was going and I admitted that I had faced some issues but I’m working on getting back on track. Here’s part of the conversation:
Writer Snob: So, you’re not published yet?
Me: No, I’m still working on that.
Writer:And you’re calling yourself a writer?
Me: Well, yes. I’m writing therefore I’m a writer.
Writer: You can’t call yourself that until you’re published. Everyone knows that.
Since when? I don’t think everyone knows that. Not everyone agrees with that because I sure don’t. I think these people have their definitions wrong. They became so focused on being the best and knocking everyone else down that they don’t even know what they’re talking about.
Someone said it best on Twitter: A writer is someone who doesn’t quit. Nowhere in that sentence does it say they HAVE to be published. It just says they are someone who never gives up writing. That’s a writer.