There are plenty of titles that have to be officially given to you. Doctor. Police officer. 👑King of England.
“Writer” is not one of those titles.
Yet so many aspiring authors are hesitant to claim the identity and call themselves a writer. Maybe as a kid, you didn’t get good grades in English class. For years, you’ve believed that you’re just not a creative person or you’re not good enough to be a writer.
It’s also easy to compare yourself to others. Since someone else seems better at writing than you, you couldn’t possibly call yourself a writer. Right?
Here’s what we believe: If you are writing, you are a writer!
We’re talking about journaling, writing prompts, letters to your auntie and crappy first drafts – it all counts!
You have the right to write.
You have the right to try and make mistakes.
You have the right to not be the best the world has ever seen and to do it anyway.
☝️READ THAT AGAIN.
Listen up, friend. No one is going to tap you on the shoulder with a sword (like a medieval knight) and bestow the title of “writer” on you. You get to bestow that title on yourself.
Why does this matter? We’re so glad you asked. The titles or identities that we claim influence our actions.
When you call yourself a writer, you will be more likely to:
- Write like it’s your job. If you’ve been treating your book like a “when I have time” side-project, calling yourself a writer might help you make time to write.
- Start building your author platform. At some point, you’re going to have to tell people about your book. The sooner, the better. Begin growing an audience of people who will be ready to buy your book when it hits the shelves.
- Grow in confidence! It might feel scary at first to tell someone that you’re a writer. The more you do it, the more you’ll realize that you deserved this title all along.
So! Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to introduce yourself as a writer to someone this week.
👉👉👉 Will you complete the mission?