Listen, I don’t know if any of you feel this way
And this is gonna sound dumb but
Sometimes I feel really weird (like to the point of cringe-worthy) about calling myself a writer.
Writing isn’t anything new to me. I wrote comic books when I was a little kid (and left out the pictures because I couldn’t draw), I wrote a middle-grade fantasy novel in high school, and have been writing plays and lyrics since then.
I have spent my entire life writing, have always loved to write, and have always wanted to be a writer. But would I call myself a writer? I don’t know.
Yes, I see the flaw in my logic.
I think the reason I’ve always had trouble labeling myself as a writer is because since I was a child, I’ve had these insane aspirations of becoming the next J.K. Rowling or something. Like "I’m not really a writer until I’m that writer."
And in some twisted way, those unreasonable dreams transformed into realistic expectations I set on myself.
But I guess I should try and let go of that.
The greatest thing about writing, or music, or people in general, is how unique and different everything is. So to hold yourself up to someone else, or to try and emulate someone you’re not, is unfair to you and unfair to your work.
I don't know if there's a magical line that you cross over from writing as a hobby to being socially accepted as a writer. But in the grand scheme of things, the label doesn't matter. All that matters is that you write.
I think the next time I meet someone, and they ask what I do
I’ll say, “I’m a writer.”
And I’ll be okay with that