You’re already a Writer
There are tons of classes that promise to teach you how to become a writer; just as there are hundreds of experts happy to impart their words of wisdom on what you need to write.
It’s great that there are so many options out there.
However, I want to let you in on a little secret.
You are already a writer, and you have all the tools you need to start writing in a more focused way.
The problem with the word become is that it delays you and puts you in becoming a writer somewhere off in the future. It adds psychological blocks and indicates that there are things you must do and achieve before you can even think of writing.
However, if you start with the belief that you’re already writer; you can just start writing.
Ask yourself these questions to know if you’re a writer.
Are you alive?
Have you experienced anything? Were some of those experiences interesting, unusual, funny, unexpected, tragic, happy, or anger-inducing?
In your life, have you known or observed other people?
Do you have opinions, or if you don’t, do you at least have a point of view?
Are there things, people, and situations that cause an emotional reaction in you?
If you answered yes to any of these then congratulations, you’re a writer.
It’s easy to be a writer, the hard work comes after you’ve identified as one and you have to pursue being a good or professional one.
By being alive, you’re writing your story every minute of every day.
You’re a writer, even if you’ve never written something that wasn’t a school assignment, or if you’ve never been paid for your writing.
When people say that they want to know what they can do to become a writer, I just have to say you don’t have to become one — you’re a writer right now.
Being able to call yourself a writer is your birthright.
I get it though, it’s hard to describe yourself as a writer if you don’t write for anyone but yourself or you don’t get paid for it.
Labeling yourself a writer is often the first step into becoming a professional writer and anyone can do it.
No one is too young or old to be a writer.
You don’t grow into being a writer and you don’t have to have mad skills.
For years, I didn’t want to be a writer — I wanted to be a comedy star.
Are we born comedy stars?
No, we can be born performers, but we need some other things like an audience, supporters, and comic talent to be a comedy star. You also need that thing that keeps you going even when you aren’t getting any encouragement.
Perseverance. Not giving up is what makes some people succeed over others.
Lots of people have unproduced scripts, unpublished manuscripts, and enough rejection letters to cover the wall of a house, but that doesn’t take anything away from them being writers.
You can be someone who can barely string two sentences together and still be a writer. You can write horrible prose that turns readers into zombies and continue to be justified in calling yourself a writer.
When I was in middle school, I wrote fun stories for my friends, and when I was in sketch comedy groups, I enjoyed writing my own comic-material. When I looked at my life, I saw that I had been a writer all along.
I didn’t have the drive to be a comedy star or any kind of star, but I was already a writer, so I focused on that. I had a head start because I had lived and had material to write.
Now, I’m not saying that you need to be motivated, educated, and have a deep belief in your talent to be a writer — you don’t — you just might not be a paid one or one with any ability.
Being a writer takes no effort; being a competent artist who writes things that people want to read takes action, intention, and heart.
Here’s another thing, you’ve heard of a triple threat — someone who can sing/dance/act or any other version of succeeding in more than one discipline?
Sometimes people who are good at one thing like acting and are just okay at writing, won’t call themselves writers, as if it would detract from the thing that they’re best at.
Like love, you’re not given a limited amount of talent.
I have a friend who’s a comic genius — so funny, knows her way around a punch-line like no one else, does funny character bits, tells hilarious stories, and even does fantastic essays. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard her say that she’s not a writer.
Of course, she is, and so are you.
Believing that you’re a writer can be as simple as changing your mindset or seeing things from a new perspective.
Maybe putting words on paper doesn’t come easily to you or you freeze up at writing in a form that you’re not comfortable with, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that you’re a writer.
You may be afraid that if you say you’re a writer everyone is going to want you to prove it. Have they seen anything you’ve written? When someone questions you regarding your legitimacy as a writer you can start to feel like a fraud.
No matter if you’re a Pulitzer Prize-winning author or someone writes only in their head for a readership of one, you’re still a writer.
I’m someone who believes in manifesting and creative visualization but being a writer isn’t even that since you don’t have to do anything to be one.
If you want to become a better writer, then definitely get some instruction, take all the classes — Including non-writing ones, and keep writing.
Write as much as you can, in as many different forms as possible (emails count,) and about a variety of topics.
The more you write, the more comfortable you’ll get at the process of writing, and the more confident you’ll become that you are indeed a writer.
At the core of all writing is storytelling and as humans, we have a lot of stories in us just bursting to come out.
When you accept that you don’t need to become a writer because you’re already one, it can feel like getting to go to the front of the line at a trendy club. You’re a writer — you’re already a member.
The question isn’t are you a writer, but what kind of writer do you want to be?