WHAT IS A WRITER?
Among other questions like, Is there a God? How do you know this is not a parallel universe? Are you dreaming right now? Is our mind capable of time travel? We find the conundrum of what is a writer?
These questions provoke deep and soul-searching moments of examination, not just of yourself but also the world around you.
Firstly let’s answer the question – What is a writer? Probably the most simplistic answer is – Someone who writes. But does that answer suffice? Is that enough to qualify the term – Writer?
Misrepresentation of the term writer is found in the analogy – A writer is someone whose work has been published. A writer is an Author. But can this be trusted as correct? No.
I know people who write yet have not published their writing and not so long ago in the Literary world the powers that be dismissed the written word of woman and people of colour. Does that not make them writers?
So, what is the answer? What is a writer?
Let’s break it down.
Writers are thinkers, philosophical yet sensible. They all have a responsiveness to the world. A common underlying thread in writers is the way they operate on a daily basis. A two-fold system of immersing themselves actively in their daily activities whilst simultaneously processing the experience into potential material to write.
An example of this would be when something happens in your day that either upsets you, makes you laugh, a word or sentence in conversation whilst sipping coffee in a cafe, a meaningful experience, the idiosyncrasies of friends or family. All of these and more prove what a writer is.
Writers dual process
Writers are not just people who write they are people who gauge, create and ‘write’ even when they are not near a computer, or don’t have a notepad handy. Writers ‘write’ in their minds before they sleep.
But is that all there is to it? I don’t believe so. That’s why this question is up there with the biggest mysteries of the world.
Let’s look at it from another angle. What is a writer not?
1. A writer wants their work to engage, entertain and communicate but if you can’t handle constructive criticism because of your ego or insecurities then don’t blame the reader. Writing demands re-writes, revision, and truthful analysis. Writers do not settle for good enough, it takes time and effort to polish their piece.
2. A writer will show not tell or yell. Make your reader believe what they are reading.
3. You will never be a writer if you let others discourage you.
If you decide to believe you are not a writer by listening to other writers, readers or even friends and family then – YOU WILL NEVER BE A WRITER. However, if you persist, strive and continue to learn this craft then you have the essential elements to become a writer.