Here are three questions I was recently asked about writing. I’m going to condense the questions, because when they were asked, they meandered across several paragraphs; they boil down to three sentences, which are:
When may you call yourself a writer? When may you call yourself a professional writer? When may you say you are a good writer?
These are three separate but related questions. Let’s start with the most fundamental.
When may you call yourself a writer?
I tend to be very small-c catholic on this question and say that if you write at all, you can consider yourself a writer. This annoys people who think that tweeting about your lunch or posting on Facebook that your cat horked up a hairball does not rise to the level of truewriting, but, look, writing is an act of setting down in words the things about which you have…
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