This is an interesting question. It somewhat depends on what one means by being a writer. Is it the title? Is it the content? Even after I was writing letters for a corporation full time, and wrote on a weekly newspaper I still did not feel like a real writer. That might be because at that time I felt a writer was someone who wrote for magazines or published books. A better definition might be when one gets paid for writing, but that doesn't do it either. The true thing might be to just write and not worry about "being a writer."
When I was in seventh grade we were already given assignemtns to write term papers. My history teacher asked if I was going to be a writer. I said no! For some silly reason I didn't thnk I could be - even when I was being asked to be a reporteer for the school paper, and being asked by professors for copies of research papers, and being invited to tutor writing classes. A few months ago, I stumbled upon hubpages and thought it was about time I give writing a shot. I love it. It just feels right. I feel like I am meant to be a writer. Now it is time to develop my skills so that I can finally be who I am meant to be.
I was in high school, I wrote and people started liking what I wrote. I started a creative writing class that I enjoyed.
I never thought "I am a writer" at all. I started writing poetry when my first husband sent me to therapy for what he called "bad behaviors". It was "suggested" that writing about the emotional pain I was feeling might be a good alternative coping mechanism to cutting myself. At first I rejected the idea, but eventually came around to it. I found I thoroughly enjoyed it and it became a positive force in my life. So now when Iife gives me lemons, I write.
About midway through my first book this thought occurred to me. Although most of us write constantly, there is something about writing for its own sake that gives you an identity change in your own mind.
I have had work published by an on-line magazine for the past two years but I still didn't consider myself a writer. I became a topic editor with that company, editing other people's work, but I still didn't consider myself a writer. Then I undertook a 5 week creative writing course at my local arts centre and that opened up a new way of thinking for me. Because of that experience, I started a novel, which I am still working away at and I'm getting excited about where the story will go. It's developing as I write and it's almost as if it's writing itself. The hard thing will be to get a publisher to take it seriously, but, in the meantime, I'm now thinking I'm going to be a writer. That's my dream.
When I had a book signing at a local bookstore. People wanted me to autograph my book. Then at church someone came up to me for an autograph in my book. It was quite kick both embarrassing and cool at the same time - but it passed quickly and I soon went back to doubting myself and thinking it might be a little egotistical on my part to call myself a writer. Not sure why though.
It was in fifth grade when I wrote my first short story. It was for an assignment in school and was only two written pages long. It was one of those mystery stories that only has the main character and the bad guys (kind of like Owen's story in Throw Momma From the Train, "The guy in the hat killed the other guy in the hat). But still I had written a story and I was proud of it.
From early schools years I have entertained my schoolmates by telling them stories I have made up...later on I started to write them down and my teacher of Slovak and Russian language had eventually asked me to read them to the class...It got my new friends and some status in the classroom hierarchy and I have suddenly realized that I have 'a power with words'...
by wj-writingjockey11 months ago
I know that book writing is not an attractive hobby because if your attention drags in between it will lead you no where. And it is obvious that for writing your first book you do not need any age limit. But what should...
by Mohan Kumar5 years ago
When was the first time you started writing and what piece of work did you create?I remember writing a story about a time traveller as a schoolkid in the backpages of a notebook and the buzz it gave when my classmates...
by Carolee Samuda5 years ago
Hi Jesses, what is your motivation for being a writer?
by Russell-D4 years ago
I always ask this one question of writers. Who do you write for?The answers vary a) I write for a general audience. b) I write for a specific audience c) I write for myself. c) always makes me smile because few of us...
by Joy563 years ago
I have been reading several peoples profiles. It seems many of us, have always wanted to spend time writing, even from being children. How about you........ Did you write even as a child, and always...
by P.M. pen7 years ago
How do you deal with it? Most of us writers spend hours typing madly and doing endless research, all while staring at the computer screen. I find that some days when I really have to get down to the nitty gritty...
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