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