I. Am. A. Writer.


Have you ever been able to tell that to someone? “Yeah, I’m a writer.”

It feels awesome. Naturally, we don’t like to share things about ourselves with people we don’t know. That being said, telling people about our love of writing seems like something we all look forward to. I know I do. I’m proud of what I love, and, if you’re like me, you’re dying for someone to listen to you talk about your writing experiences.

So maybe we like telling people “I’m a writer”.

But do we even realize what we’re saying?

If you really are a writer, analyze what I’m about to say with a writer’s eye. By saying “I am a writer”, what verb are you using?

“Am”. It’s a verb of being.

Do you realize what you are saying?

Some would say that you are defining something deep about yourself…something so deep, it’s akin to your very nature. What is the definition of nature, as ascertained by philosophers that are way smarter than me?

“Nature-Essence at its center of activity: a thing’s fundamental function”

To say that you ARE a writer implies that it is your nature. It is your fundamental function.

I dare you. I DARE you. Ask yourself a simple question:

“Am I really a writer?”

(“Or do I just write from time to time?”)

Does writing define who you are? Do you need writing? Is writing your fundamental function?

I’ve read a lot of stories about the experiences of successful authors. What those stories had in common was how much those authors had to dive into a lifestyle of writing, whether it was easy or not. They made writing their fundamental function. It was write or die.

My dear followers, are you willing to do the same?

Are you a writer?

If the answer is “no”, then what are you willing to give?

If you want to be successful, if you want to be true to yourself, don’t just write.

Be a writer…

…so that you can say this and know it in your heart: “I. Am. A. Writer.”

Now go for it, and apply this to any part of your life that involves (or should involve) passion.

This post is dedicated to Cristian Mihai, the awesome author of The Writer.  If you haven’t already, check out his blog and pick up one of his books.  You won’t regret it.

What do you think?

10 thoughts on “I. Am. A. Writer.”

    1. I mean, in all honesty, this would make very few people “writers”. I wouldn’t consider myself a writer under this definition. But i’m trying to be 🙂
      Glad you liked it!

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  1. Oh my god. I swear right now, 45 minutes from going to my day job that I hate and that takes me away from writing, I am in the throes of debating as to whether today is the day I hand in my resignation and take the plunge to write full time. This will be reverberating in my brain all day as I try to decide now. Thanks for the very large slap upside the head Dominic. Am I a writer? Maybe very soon!

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    1. You honor me by writing such an honest reply. And your passion is admirable. That being said, I would advise that you don’t act on your passion alone. Think stuff through, think about people who might need you to have a steady job. Being a writer is an all or nothing endeavor, but that doesn’t mean you should put your ambitions before the good of people who rely on you.
      If you aren’t supporting anyone with a job, and you have a strategy, or friends in the right places, then I would say go for it! Chase that dream!

      Also, your spirit of passion isn’t incompatible with a normal lifestyle (the double negative was used on purpose). You can still BE a writer and BE a wife, mom, sister, daughter, etc. Just some more stuff to think about.

      Thank you again, your feedback means more than you know.

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      1. Oh believe me; I’ve been agonising over this decision for months. Today was just the day i’d decided to act upon it. I have my Plan A, B, C and Oh My God What Have I Done all setup! And…. as I write this reply, the deed is done. I am heading into writer territory for real now… and there’s the crippling fear 🙂

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      2. Well okay then! Congratulations!
        I’m sure that, although crippling, it is a beautiful fear! Good luck on your journey, I hope it takes you far!

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  2. Great post as always, Dominic! While I write, I’m not exactly a writer. It’s not something divulge to everyone I know (only a few close ones), so I suppose that makes me someone in the closet who writes. 😛

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