By Jennifer Blanchard
I came across a post on Twitter called Am I A Writer? from the blog, Just About Writing, by Joel Heffner. I’ve read Joel’s posts before, and I usually agree and think his advice is great. But this post really got me thinking–not because I agreed, but because I disagreed.
The post starts out with: “Are you a writer? In order to be a writer you need as many ‘yes’ answers as possible–Do you have a computer? Can you write complete paragraphs? Are you an expert in an area or can you find information about a specific area? If you answer ‘yes’ to all three…you’ve got a shot at it.”
I disagree. You don’t need a computer or any expertise to be a writer. You only need 3 things:
- A writing utensil–a pen, a pencil, a computer keyboard, a crayon, lipstick…anything you can use to write.
- Somewhere for the words to go–a computer, a notebook, the back of your hand…anything you can write on.
- A desire to write–This, to me, is by far the most important “tool” a writer needs. If you don’t have a desire to write, you’ll procrastinate forever. It is that desire that fuels the words. It is that desire that causes you to finally sit down and write. It’s the same desire you need to write a novel.
As long as you have something to write with, something to write on and a desire to put words on the page, you are a writer. If you want to be a professional writer, however, you need to work toward publication, as Heffner mentioned in his post.
Overall though, writers write. So if you want to call yourself a writer, put your butt in the chair and WRITE!