You all know I’m not much of a reblogger, but once in a while, I find something that I have to share, and this, this is one of those things.
Us writers often struggle with what to call ourselves, what to tell people that we do, how to explain that writing can actually be a job, and how to avoid probing and awkward questions about our writing.
That is enough to deal with, but it can cause us to question ourselves, and this post explains exactly why we shouldn’t.
“Real” is overrated.
When someone asks what you do, how do you answer? Does the label “writer” trip lightly off the tip of your tongue, or do you keep that identity to yourself and instead talk about your day job? It seems like a small thing, but how we “label” ourselves – to others and in our own minds – has a big impact on what we believe about ourselves and how we behave.
I actually do make my living as a writer, but the writing that pays my bills is not, in my estimation, “real” writing. When asked what I “do,” I usually say that I’m a messaging strategist and content marketer (and, then I have to explain what the heck that means). Even after nearly a decade of stringing one word after another for cold, hard cash, I still hesitate to grant myself the honorary title of “writer.”…
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