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).
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
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.