When is a Writer a Writer…

Looking through my Lifestream through AIM this morning I found this interesting post on “The Simple Reason You’re not a Writer (Yet)” by Jeff Goins that I thought I’d share with you all.

I once asked author Steven Pressfield when a writer becomes a writer.


Is it when you get book deal? When you sell your first thousand copies? When you hit the best sellers list? When do you get to call yourself a writer?


Steve said something I’ll never forget:

“You are when you say you are. Screw what everyone else says.”

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  1. Zoe Winters did a post that made sense to me. Writers write. You’re a writer if you write. Even if you’re not published yet, you’re still a writer if you write. I like that way of thinking about it. 🙂 (Did I say the words “writer” and “write” enough in my comment? LOL)

    1. LOL Agreed and I liked that post by Zoe Winters, which came from something Dean Wesley Smith said. Regardless, I know that it is sometimes harder to convince writers that they are writers. As if they need some validation to say they are a writer.

  2. As soon as you put words on paper (or laptop screen), you’re a writer.

  3. Strayer says:

    I like pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, binder clips, paper clips, file folders, paper, clipboards, erasers (large) and anything else that I can use to write.
    I write every day. At some point, I knew I wrote as a way of life instead of something external.
    I can read something I wrote and think, wow, that stank.

    1. Yes! I just wish my daughters would stop stealing all of my office supplies. Thoug buying more of everything is so much fun. 😀

      Writing is like breathing, it’s necessary to life.

      1. Strayer says:

        We could go into a large stationary store and stay there for a few hours.

        1. We should. My parents could never figure out why I was more excited going to an office supply store then a clothing store. I’ll spend hours with office supplies and 10 minutes picking out clothes. LOL

          1. Strayer says:

            Yes about the clothes, except for a phase at about 14 when I was a clothes horse.
            I have gotten pens from banks, doctor’s offices and all sorts of places
            because I said I liked the pen. Not bad, huh? Try it. You’ end up with quite a collection.

  4. Oh, I do like that!

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