Do you consider yourself an aspiring writer or a writer? Why? What’s the difference in your definition of each?
Let’s take the example of my six year old who will start off sentences like this: “When I grow up to be king….”
Notice how there’s no doubt. It’s going to happen. He doesn’t say, “Someday if I’m king,” or, “It sure would be nice if I could be king someday, but I can’t see that happening.”
Okay, granted the chances of him becoming a king are about as good as my dreams of becoming a princess when I was little.
But your dreams of becoming an author have a huge chance of success. It’s something that can be done more easily now than ever before.
Are you a writer?
- Do you write? (Even if no one else sees it.)
Congratulations, you’re a writer.
An aspiring writer thinks about writing. Wants to write. Doesn’t write.
It’s a mind-shift that makes all the difference
I remember when I started writing my first novel in April of 2012. I was excited, but I was also scared to tell anyone. Saying it out loud made it real and opened me up for ridicule.
The first time that I told someone, I was so nervous. My heart was pounding and when I told my friend, and I whispered it so quietly that I had to repeat myself.
But then after I said it…I felt liberated. I had actually told someone! Then I told someone else, followed by someone else. The reality eventually set in and before I knew it, I was looking for a cover artist and beta readers.
A funny thing about being a writer
When I published my first novel, Deception, I didn’t suddenly feel like a writer or an author. It was actually very anti-climactic. Becoming a published writer was the culmination of many tiny steps along the way because I was a writer all along. Those tiny steps include:
- Choosing the idea for the story
- Writing the first words
- Reading books about writing fiction
- Telling others about my writing
- Going through the editing process
- Working with my graphic designer
- Learning to think of myself as a writer and author
- Creating a website and/or blog
- Finally, uploading the book to Amazon
Publishing your writing, whether a book or blog post, is really only one small step in the process of being a writer. It may actually be the smallest step, believe it or not. Everything else up to that point is a major milestone building up to the one push of a button.
Are you a writer?
Again, I ask if you’re a writer. If you are…tell someone. Start by leaving a comment! Tell me that you’re a writer. I want to hear from you!
Next, call your best friend or join a writing group. If you’re not sure where to start, check out my Writer’s Resources page. Check out the author interviews, one question that I ask authors is what advice they would give to aspiring authors. Most importantly, change your mindset!