It’s Time to Label It.
You heard me—today’s the day you call yourself a writer.
What’s that—you already do? Are you sure? Good thing I made you a quiz to find out if you really should call yourself a writer!
- You write:
- You share your writing with:
a) your family
b) your friends
c) your critique group
d) no one
- You consider writing a:
d) all of the above
- You enjoy writing:
c) all of the above
- When you’re at parties and people ask you what you do, you say, “I’m a writer”:
c) not at all
Okay, save your answers because now I’m going to tell you a story.
When I was a little girl, I loved arts and crafts: play-doh and coloring books, beads and lanyards. I took art classes all through school. Spent my weekends learning to draw. I went to college for film and animation. And I landed my first job as a puppet fabricator for stop-motion animation. But still, I didn’t consider myself an artist.
Sure, I made art all day. I painted and sculpted, molded and casted, sewed and glued. But I wasn’t an artist! It wasn’t my vision. It was a skillset I had built and implemented. So what if I was passionate about it? So what if I worked my butt off to get there? If I were a real artist, my work would be in a gallery. I would have art shows. I would go through blue phases and red phases. I wouldn’t just make things—right?
It was when I voiced that line of thinking to a friend, who looked at me with raised eyebrows and said, “Melissa, you are an artist,” that I finally realized I was selling myself short. I had the experience, the passion, and even the job to back it up, but still, I felt undeserving of the label.
Is this starting to sound familiar? Good, then you’re ready for the real quiz question:
When will you be good enough for the label?
a) right now
b) right now
c) right now
d) all of the above
If you haven’t guessed it already, no matter how you answered the quiz questions, you pass. You are allowed to call yourself a writer. No, not allowed—entitled. You deserve it. Whether you’re on your first draft or your final manuscript. Whether you have an agent or a published book. Whether you write in a notebook that remains locked away in a drawer for three hundred sixty-four days of the year or type away on your computer daily.
You. Are. A. Writer.
And you don’t need a quiz or a friend or a publisher to validate that. You just need to own it!
Melissa Bloom is a writer, writing coach, and certified yoga instructor who is passionate about exploring the connection between productivity and wellness. As the founder and director of the Mindful Writer, Melissa has developed targeted writing tools and techniques that help people develop a sustainable writing practice to accomplish their writing goals without burning out. Melissa has a background in film, animation, and creative writing. She travels often, learns daily, and attends workshops, trainings, and conferences in a continued effort to hone the crafts of writing and living well.
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