An Author? A Writer? What Am I?

26 Feb

I just stumbled upon this great question on the front page of WordPress.com: So Am I An Author Yet?

My natural curiosity just wouldn’t let me continue on with my own task.  I had to follow that link.  Because this is a question we who write struggle with constantly.   Er… I was going to say “we who have not been published” but then caught myself.

Why do I see myself that way — as someone who has not been published?  I have been published: one article in a national trade journal and a couple of articles in a now well-established and popular niche blog.   And yet, I feel the need to say “that’s all.”   Why??   It’s not a lot, but it’s a start, isn’t it?  Do I devalue it simply because it wasn’t a book or an article in the Atlantic or a national consumer magazine?

Am I an author?  Am I a writer?  What am I?  And who decides?  You see my struggle.

Anyway, back to that link…At the end of it I found a great post by C-C Lester.  She expressed the writer/author identity struggle eloquently and, ironically, it made me identify with her.  Aha!  I thought.  She’s one of us. In C-C, I recognized a kinswoman.  A woman-writer-perhaps-author chasing the muse, who also recently decided to share her story with the world via the blogosphere.   C-C and I, we may not know what to call ourselves, but we know that writing is an inseparable part of who we are.

An author?  A writer?  Who knows?  Who cares?  I write.  Period.

To read C-C’s post, click here: http://theelementarycircle.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/so-am-i-an-author-yet/

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15 Responses to “An Author? A Writer? What Am I?”

  1. ticklingthemuse February 27, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    Oh, yes. You write, so you’re a writer. Once you’re published, you’re a published writer. Either way, you’re a writer!

    • hostingthemuse February 27, 2011 at 5:22 am #

      I agree with Vivi! You are a writer.

  2. Ronit February 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Hello neighbor,
    I am writing a blog too, only it’s in Hebrew 🙂
    The Israeli blogosphere keep asking itself the same Q..
    Well, my opinion is if you are keep asking yourself that Q, you probably a writer and a good one.

    • pursuingthemuse February 28, 2011 at 3:42 am #

      Ronit, thanks for reading and commenting! Would love to hear more about your blog, though I can’t read it myself. It’s truly amazing to think how we are connected all around the world by our creative passions.

      • Ronit February 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

        my blog’s name is CARPE DIEM.
        I write about my life, my opinions, my cooking and even short stories.
        I wish my English were good as my Hebrew so I could write in English as well, but it isn’t and I can’t share it. Heck, I can’t ‘trust’ my comments if they well written..

    • charmingthemuse February 28, 2011 at 4:38 am #

      Welcome, Guest Chick, Ronit. 🙂 Creative sisters around the globe: unite!

      • Ronit February 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

        Thanks!
        In one way or another, I do believe that we are unite.
        For me, it’s like a magic, that sisterhood-blogsphere.

  3. charmingthemuse February 28, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    PJ, you are BOTH! If you write, you are a writer. And by C-C’s awesome definition, if you have at least one enthusiastic reader, you’re an author. You definitely have THAT.

  4. jahumm March 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi fellow chicks,

    Loved this discussion and also C-C’s that prompted it. Having taken time to think about where I sit on the writer-author spectrum, I’d like to propose a new sub-category, which I have described here: http://jahumm.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/a-question-of-identity/
    Hope it makes you smile (or howl, or both!)

    Happy writing/authoring, everyone.

    JAHumm

    • pursuingthemuse March 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      I loved your post, and encourage others to click through and read it! Even if they don’t agree with the new sub-category, who can argue with drinking brandy in a French cafe?

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