Sunday, September 15, 2019

If you write, you are a writer


Telephone Conversation (Telefonisch Es Gespr├Ąch), 1907, Moriz Jung Austrian

We each feel imposter syndrome from time to time. Don't let it stop you from embracing the fact that if you write, you are a writer.

When my students in writing classes introduce themselves, they often say something like, "I'm not good at this. I write in my journal, but I'm terrible" or "I want to write stories one day, but what I'm doing now isn't writing."

If you are writing and communicating something, you are a writer. Own the term and believe in yourself. Give yourself permission to draft something, edit and revise it. Give yourself permission to believe in yourself. 

Believe in yourself even if other people don't understand. At a kid's party once, I asked a father what he did. He answered with a vague, Washingtonian answer that included the words "policy" and "consultant." He didn't ask me what I did, but I offered anyway. "I'm a poet." He looked down at me (he was very tall) and said something like, "You're right! I am a poet at work! I never thought of it like that."

Hell, if he can embrace calling himself a writer, you who are writing certainly can. (We'll discuss the patriarchy another day, wink.)

Happy writing!







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