by Stephanie McKibben
For every writer there is a time when they acknowledge that they are, in fact, a writer (even if secretly). My "I'm a writer" light-bulb went on while in the shower thinking about the next scene of my book. So enamored with my epiphany I jumped out, soap and all, and ran to my boyfriend shouting "I'm a writer!"
Amused and smiling, my boyfriend nodded agreement. I was so excited I told my family and all my co-workers. I thought it might get weird when I started telling strangers waiting in line for coffee, but an amazing thing happened. People wanted to know what I'd written. A wonderful gal in line whipped out her smart phone and was going to buy my book right then and there! The problem was, I didn't have a book to sell. I was a writer but not an author. However, proclaiming my writer persona was a step in the right direction. I got focused on finishing my novel and thinking about the next step. I was on my way to becoming a published writer.
But what I'm finding is that so many people are too timid or ashamed of calling themselves writers. I had to ask, why? The answers I found were heart breaking. They range from "I just don't think I'm any good." to "I have to hide my hobby from my family because they will laugh at me." Hearing this weighs my heart. Therefore, I've decided to be your moral support, your guide to either follow, avoid the pitfalls, or even point and say "I'm not the only one that does that!" and I'll be right there laughing with you. And because you are reading this, you're probably interested, somewhat, in writing.
So, with the power vested in me, I proclaim you a writer! From now on every time you push a pen across paper, every time you click more than three words out on a keyboard, you have transformed into a writer. Even if you're only writing a proposal. Those proposals have to be written by writers, so don't deny the writer in you! By day an office clerk, by night your saving the world, one word at a time!
I'd love to hear about your experience, when the light-bulb went on, admitting you were a bonafide writer! Don't be shy! I invite you to write about it!
Visit Stephanie at her website: http://www.snmckibben.com