1. Alex R. Encomienda

    Alex R. Encomienda Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2016
    Messages:
    663
    Likes Received:
    257

    When did you fellow writers start to call yourselves writers?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Alex R. Encomienda, Mar 13, 2017.

    What was the moment you decided that you were officially a writer/author?

    I know we've all wanted this since we were quite young and personally, this has been my life ever since I graduated high school. It feels like a very lonely road as if I'm chasing something not many people care about but then I come on here and it's comforting to know that you're all doing what I'm doing.

    So when was that moment? Has it came yet?

    Let's discuss!
     
  2. ChaseTheSun

    ChaseTheSun Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2017
    Messages:
    257
    Likes Received:
    244
    Um. Well I've been writing for over ten years, and I've been published in very small scale publications several times, but I don't know if I really started calling myself a writer until a year ago. I think because I committed to writing a novel for the first time, and actually started turning that into a reality, I began to tentatively refer to myself as a writer. Before that, I would say with a self-deprecating smile, "I like writing."

    I think because so few non-writer people actually comprehend what it's like to have writing be such a big part of your life (whether personally or professionally) we tend to down-play ourselves so as to make ourselves more palatable to the general public. Also, I'm only 22. Nobody takes us younger ones seriously until we've proven ourselves. People have begun to realise that I'm serious about the novel thing (I've been steadily working on it for 14 months now) and the result is that I'm slowly working up the courage to call myself a writer as a more 'normal' thing. I don't know if I'll really feel comfortable using the term until my first book is published. I just don't know if I've earned it yet. Maybe that's wrong?
     
    Lifeline likes this.
  3. JE Loddon

    JE Loddon Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2016
    Messages:
    201
    Likes Received:
    161
    Location:
    South-East, UK
    When I pressed the button to upload my first novel onto Amazon. Although it may have been when the first copy was sold.
     
  4. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2014
    Messages:
    10,462
    Likes Received:
    11,689
    I don't really call myself a writer. I write, yeah, but... to me, the label is more of a job designation, so unless I'm writing full-time and making my living at it, I won't likely attach the label to myself.
     
    Lifeline likes this.
  5. Pinkymcfiddle

    Pinkymcfiddle Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2017
    Messages:
    815
    Likes Received:
    454
    It's a hobby for me, I'm not a writer, just someone who writes in their spare time.
     
    Simpson17866 likes this.
  6. Simpson17866

    Simpson17866 Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2013
    Messages:
    3,406
    Likes Received:
    2,931
    When I started my Doctor Who fanfiction, writing was just a hobby that I was never going to make any money off of. When I wrote a couple of original short stories, writing was just a hobby that I thought I might make a bit of money off of. To me, "writer" meant that it was the most important thing that I was doing.

    When I came up with an idea for a novel that I would be able to follow with a lot of sequels, I realized this was what I wanted to do with my life :)

    When I was writing Gemini, my plan was "Be a full-time math professor, write fanfiction and short stories on the side." Now my plan is "Be an Urban Fantasy writer, work full-time either as an English professor or at a grocery store on the side (while writing fanfiction and short stories)."
     
    Alex R. Encomienda and Lifeline like this.
  7. Wreybies

    Wreybies Thrice Retired Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    23,826
    Likes Received:
    20,820
    Location:
    El Tembloroso Caribe
    When I was in kindy-garter.

    Seriously. Kindy-garter. ;)
     
    Simpson17866 likes this.
  8. Mckk

    Mckk Member Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Messages:
    6,541
    Likes Received:
    4,776
    Guess when I took writing seriously and it became my most developed skill that I have - something I feel I actually know a thing or two about. When I started writing with an aim to publish rather than just writing for fun.

    But I still find myself saying I'm only "a bit of a" writer often, because I haven't traditionally published anything yet. Self-published is fine too, of course. I guess I'd be more confident about the title once people actually read my stuff and pay for it :D

    But being something that I do, that's important to me, that's part of my identity - yep, writer all the way.
     
    Alex R. Encomienda and Lifeline like this.
  9. big soft moose

    big soft moose An Admoostrator Admin Staff Supporter Contributor Community Volunteer

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2016
    Messages:
    22,709
    Likes Received:
    26,004
    Location:
    East devon/somerset border
    I havent yet*, but i probably will when i get my first book published/self published

    (*with the exception of whilst chatting up girls when i was much younger, "writer" seems to be as effective as (and a damn sight more believable than) Fighter pilot :D see also artist, and photographer. However at that point i had not written , carved , or photographed anything significant... I used to lie )
     
    Lifeline likes this.
  10. OurJud

    OurJud Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    May 21, 2009
    Messages:
    9,502
    Likes Received:
    9,759
    Location:
    England
    I never have, and probably never will, fit the definition of a 'writer'. I don't really subscribe to this nonsense which states, 'if you write, you're a writer.'

    That's like saying, 'if you change the spark plug on your car, you're a mechanic.'
     
    Iain Aschendale and Lifeline like this.
  11. Laurin Kelly

    Laurin Kelly Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,521
    Likes Received:
    4,054
    Back when I wrote fanfic I would refer to myself as a "fanfic writer." So when I started writing original fiction, I just took the modifier off and called myself a writer. Interestingly though, I didn't feel comfortable calling myself an author until my first book was published. Why my brain decided to split hairs like that, I have no idea!
     
    Lifeline likes this.
  12. Lew

    Lew Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2015
    Messages:
    1,667
    Likes Received:
    1,527
    What @JE Loddon said... when you publish, however you come to that point, you got it.
     
    Alex R. Encomienda likes this.
  13. Lifeline

    Lifeline South. Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2015
    Messages:
    4,282
    Likes Received:
    5,805
    Location:
    On the Road.
    I don't think 'writer' has a definition that fits all people. It is very much a personal thing.

    But I kind of lean towards @Mckk 's definition: when writing defines what I am, I'll call myself a writer. That means probably never :)
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2017
    Mckk and OurJud like this.
  14. Alex R. Encomienda

    Alex R. Encomienda Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2016
    Messages:
    663
    Likes Received:
    257
    There are very inspiring stories here! I could sort of feel the excitement that you all must've felt publishing your first books.

    Now, I've been writing since I was nine but then it was only for me. I did show parents, family and friends but that was all it was.

    Four years ago when I decided to self publish my short stories on smashwords I was surprised to get so many downloads. That was when I started spending 5-6 hours a day on source material, writing, editing, submitting and noting. When I got published in literary journals that was when I knew someone else besides me liked my work so that was when I could start to call myself a writer without lying to myself.

    I understand that lots of you don't want to call yourselves that because it might seem pretentious but to me, I spend too much of my life locked away writing that it would be strange not to call myself a writer/author.
     
    Lifeline and Mckk like this.
  15. OurJud

    OurJud Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    May 21, 2009
    Messages:
    9,502
    Likes Received:
    9,759
    Location:
    England
    It's very much a personal thing, isn't it? Not for one second was I suggesting only published authors have earned the right to call themselves writers, but it's not for fear of being seen as pretentious that means I think this way - it's just the way I do.
     
  16. Alex R. Encomienda

    Alex R. Encomienda Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2016
    Messages:
    663
    Likes Received:
    257
    That's absolutely fine!

    I think we all perceive ourselves in our own way and have some kind of metaphorical plateau to live up to whether it be traditionally published, self published or even just to finish a manuscript. That's one reason why writing is something I can familiarize myself with. Everything is internal and personal. My expectations for myself are not naked but that's also why writing is very frustrating at times.
     
  17. OurJud

    OurJud Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    May 21, 2009
    Messages:
    9,502
    Likes Received:
    9,759
    Location:
    England
    All the damn time if you ask me. That's why I gave up and turned to poetry.
     
    Alex R. Encomienda likes this.
  18. Alphonse Capone

    Alphonse Capone Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2016
    Messages:
    119
    Likes Received:
    96
    Location:
    Scotland
    Exactly my view.
     
  19. A.S.Ford

    A.S.Ford Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2016
    Messages:
    245
    Likes Received:
    388
    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Personally, I always called myself an aspiring writer to other people when I was young because I knew a lot of non-writers who would laugh if I called myself a writer before being published but I have always called myself a writer, even if it was when I was alone. Now that I have had a few short pieces published I call myself a published poet, at first, and then a published writer, after I finally had a short story published, but I probably won't feel comfortable calling myself a writer in the professional sense to the public until I have had either way more short pieces published or if/when I finally finish my novel and then, hopefully, get it published or at least attract an agent (if I decide to go down that route) ... but that's just my thoughts and, as it has been said before in this thread, it's different for each individual.
     
  20. Pinkymcfiddle

    Pinkymcfiddle Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2017
    Messages:
    815
    Likes Received:
    454
    I am officially now a chef having cooked beans on toast for lunch.
     
    Iain Aschendale and OurJud like this.
  21. OurJud

    OurJud Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    May 21, 2009
    Messages:
    9,502
    Likes Received:
    9,759
    Location:
    England
    Yeah, you'll probably have your own tv show soon.

    Beans on toast *noise that Homer Simpson makes*
     
  22. Pinkymcfiddle

    Pinkymcfiddle Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2017
    Messages:
    815
    Likes Received:
    454
    I have a plan for getting on TV, I'm going to get hold of a Kingon prosthetic and stick that on my forehead, then I am going to act like a certifiable prick, say f*ck every second word and shout and scream at anyone in the vicinity, and if they get irritated, I'll hide behind my security team. I should be all over the TV in weeks.
     
    OurJud likes this.
  23. OurJud

    OurJud Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    May 21, 2009
    Messages:
    9,502
    Likes Received:
    9,759
    Location:
    England
    :superlaugh: Not a fan of the man I like to call Sweary Chef either then?
     
    Pinkymcfiddle likes this.
  24. Tenderiser

    Tenderiser Not a man or BayView

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2015
    Messages:
    7,471
    Likes Received:
    10,216
    Location:
    London, UK
    I've been a professional writer for about five years, which muddies the waters for me. But when I talk about fiction I say, "I write novels," rather than "I'm a writer." But I do say, "I'm a writer" whenever someone asks me what I do for a living.
     
    Alex R. Encomienda likes this.
  25. OurJud

    OurJud Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    May 21, 2009
    Messages:
    9,502
    Likes Received:
    9,759
    Location:
    England
    I prefer Dave Lister's answer when asked his occupation.

     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice