Who is a writer?
Novelists? Newspaper reporters? Those who suffer from crooked finger syndrome? As long as writing has existed there have been writers, but as the meaning of the word has expanded, so has the number of people who use that term. But is their a specific point when you can call yourself a writer, or must you wait until someone else bestows that title on you?
There might have been a time when the title of ‘writer’ was the sole property of traditional authors. But just as the means of writing has adapted and changed, so has this traditional mindset. There are self-publishers, ghost writers, and copywriters to name just a few. And what about manga and game guides? Sure, one is told primarily through imagery while the other is a guide to a preexisting idea, but the words came from somewhere. They had to be written first.
I’ve been writing since I was in the eighth grade and without any formal training. In that time, I’ve gone through two half novels, half-way through a series, and–just recently–started a trilogy which holds the most promise. But promise is all it is because I haven’t published anything yet.
So, why dod I write? I write because I love stories. I write to give shape to ideas forming in my head. I write because I love the act of writing itself. I can imagine doing nothing else. Does that make me a writer?
To ask the question is to answer it.
Disclaimer: I do not own the imagery used in this blog post and have no artistic claim to it.