Am I a Writer?

So I’ve seen a lot of bloggers talking about being a writer and my initial reaction was a rather strong “I mean, maybe you are. I’m not.”

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Have some baby bunnies for no reason.

It’s not so much that I consider myself bad or particularly averse to writing. Quite the opposite, in a way. The me of 20 years ago, the one who was trying to write a fantasy novel, would have been annoyingly over-the-moon to have been labeled such.

So I though about how I define myself. I define myself as a gamer, why? Because I play games. It’s not a very exclusive title though. The people playing Farmville and Candy Crush are also gamers, at least in my opinion.

For the people who disagree with that last sentence, I understand. There are some lifestyle differences between those groups. At the end of the day though, it’s all labels though. A social stereotype that we apply to ourselves and others to build a list of working assumptions.

So, what is a writer, then? Dictionary.com says it’s:

noun
  1. person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.
  2. clerk, scribe, or the like.
  3. person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: an expert letter writer.
  4. (in a piece of writing) the author (used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,” “my,” etc.): The writer wishes to state….
  5. person who writes or is able to write: writer in script.
  6. Stock Exchangesomeone who sells options.
  7. Scot. lawyer or solicitor.

Well, I kinda feel like, with this blog specifically, I meet definition number 3 and in general 5 as well.

Does being a writer by definition make me one? Y’know, honestly, that’s for you to decide. I think I had made my choice before I even wrote it down and this has just sort of organized and cemented it a little bit.

So leave some comments.  What do you think? By myself I have a worldview of one, but it’s like Wikipedia. You can help by expanding this list.

4 thoughts on “Am I a Writer?

  1. I’ve written before about the ambiguity of the term gamer. I personally don’t identify as one in the traditional sense of the word. I am merely a person who plays them and I choose not to define myself solely by such an act.

    But the world runs on labels and definitions and not all of them are nebulous and vague. So I won’t totally discount them.

    As for being a “writer”, I think this is a title that you can claim for yourself. If you have a body of work then to justify it. It may be down to your peers to decide whether its a credible claim or not 🙂

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  2. I’d say if you love to write then to me you are a writer.

    Personally I don’t consider myself a writer. I do love to write (otherwise I wouldn’t have a blog otherwise) but I don’t consider myself consistent or skilled enough to call myself one. But this is a kind of standard I hold only for myself. 🙂

    As for the term Gamer I don’t consider myself one either. Not because of any definition of the world but simply because the world itself seems strange to me. It is kinda like someone who really loves basketball calling themselves a “Basketballer”. It just… doesn’t feel right. But I get why people want to use a term like that.

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  3. This post reminded me that in some old journal or school assignment of mine I wrote that I wanted to be a scribe when I grew up. Even though I’m old, scribes weren’t a thing even back then!

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