Becoming a Writer

Many writers struggle with believing in themselves. They write and write, but all the while doubting their God-given abilities and talents. In short, they’re waiting. I did the same.

I doubted myself and told others I was an aspiring writer, secretly hoping that one day I’d get the permission to call myself what I knew I already was.

There is one and only one way to become a writer — and it can make all the difference. Do you want to know what it is?

You have to say you’re a writer.

This was what Steven Pressfield taught me when I interviewed him about becoming a professional writer. I asked him, “When do you become a writer?”

Is it when you get published? When you have 10,000 fans? When do you become legit?

His answer was this:

You are a writer when you tell yourself you are. No one else’s opinion matters.  Screw them. You are when you say you are.

This is the secret every professional knows that the amateurs don’t. We who are gifted with words and language will only earn the attention of others when we first believe in ourselves.

Ever since a friend gently rebuked my doubts, telling me I was already I writer — I just needed to write — my attitude has shifted. I’ve stopped waiting for permission and started choosing myself.

You need to do this, too. To call yourself a writer. Not an aspiring one or a wannabe. But a real writer. This is a discipline, this calling yourself a writer, and one you must master.

Like so many things, this is not only true of writing, but of any craft or calling. If this describes how you’re talking about your life’s work, it’s time for a change. Time to start calling yourself what you already are.

Time to call yourself a writer.

If you don’t know where to start, begin with my eBook: You Are a Writer