Wordism of the day: Idear / Ideal vs. Idea Are you an "idea" "idear" or "ideal" person?
Nathan had an interesting topic going on "When Do You Call Yourself A Writer?"
I personally called myself a writer in my head for a long time, in my own secret world that I didn't say out loud to anyone. After all, in the "real" world, who does that? Only people like Stephen King or Danielle Steel write books, right? Not ordinary people.
Then when I wrote one, I told a few people, casually, you know. Laughed about it, just in case they might make fun of me. (the little girl just never completely goes away!) They didn't. They were surprised, unaware of what one says back when somebody tells you something like that, but they didn't make fun. I still thought I was the only ordinary schmuck who would do something like that. I wasn't online yet. I didn't know a thing.
Then I got on the web and found out there's this whole world of people like me, and I was overwhelmed. Then I started reworking and editing and saying "writer" out loud. When I started querying for agents, I finally felt it. Said it.
Then my boss asked me what I did over the weekend one Monday, and it fell out of my mouth that I worked on letters to agents for my book. Literally fell out, and I was grabbing at it but it got out there too quick. Of course then I had to respond to her "What?" and go into explanation, all the while hyperventilating. She thought it was cool and wished me luck.
I thought, "Okay, NOW I'm a writer. I've told my boss."
Now, if I can just get that getting paid part of writing going on, I can upgrade into "author".
What is your take on that subject?