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How to answer the question – ‘Are you a writer?’

I was on the phone today having a lovely chat, thinking nothing of it, when the person at the other end came out with;

“You’re a writer, aren’t you?”

I hesitated for a second. A few days ago my answer would’ve rolled off the tongue without a second thought. Something like;

“Well, I’m trying to be”


“No, not really, it’s just something I’m pursuing in my spare time.”

As I ummed and ahhed for another second, a thought-provoking series of tweets sprung to mind from Joanne Harris. Earlier this month she tweeted #TenWaysToFightImposterSyndrome. (Look it up).

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I’ve been referring to myself as an ‘aspiring writer’ without a second thought. Because;

  • I’m not *really* published (even though I am but everyone on the course was so it doesn’t really count)
  • I’ve never been paid for my creative writing
  • Not many people have ever read anything I’ve written
  • I don’t write enough. Definitely not every day

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I agree with Joanne. What’s also true of me is that;

  • I write
  • I love writing
  • My creative writing is getting better
  • I will have something published in the Spring
  • I work in public relations and I actually write all the time in my professional life

So really, I am a writer. And if you’re reading this, it’s very likely you are too.

After an awkward pause on the phone today that probably lasted too long, I eventually did answer “yes”. And I will do next time I’m asked.

3 thoughts on “How to answer the question – ‘Are you a writer?’

  1. Good stuff, all. I love those that speak about writing as a calling as much as (or more than) an occupation.
    I even take it a step back! I like to call myself a content creator. Everytime I write something, record a post, find the appropriate picture or even put in a clever hyperlink. I’m creating content, and for whatever reason, that’s a category I’m much less self conscious about.


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