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How to Tell If You Are a Writer



Do you feel comfortable calling yourself a writer?



If not, what do you think are the requirements to earn the title of writer?


  • A published book?


  • Hours spent pouring over the page every day?


  • A contract with an agent?



The truth is that while doing these things makes one a writer, these aren’t the only things.



It’s much simpler than that.



At the most basic level, a writer is someone who writes.


Period.




The doubt that thinking this could possibly be true--that it really could be this simple--comes from our brain playing all kinds of tricks on us.



It tells us that we aren’t good enough, published enough, experienced enough to deserve the title of ‘writer.’



It tells us that the title of ‘writer’ is reserved for those who have worked much harder and much longer at writing than we have.



It asks us: “Who are you to call yourself a writer?”



And we think our brain is right. (Because our brain is always right, right?)



So we believe it.



We don't own our writerhood.



Then we don’t write. (OR if we do write, we keep it small and safe and to ourselves.)



Our brain is happy because we stay safe.



We, on the other hand, are not because denying that we are a writer is denying a part of who we are deep down inside.




So what’s going on here?



It’s actually quite simple.



Our primal brain, the part of our brain that is responsible for keeping us safe, comfortable, and alive, begins to get nervous when we go about giving ourselves official-sounding titles such as writer.