Tuesday, June 5, 2012

15 habits of Great Writers - Declare

Today is the first day of Jeff Goins' Becoming a Great Writer series.  I am looking forward to this but I can tell already that it is going to be a stretch for me.  Day 1 and I am already faced with a HUGE challenge...Declaring myself a writer.

I have always thought of a writer as someone who is already published.  Even when my boyfriend has told other people that I am a writer, I tend to cringe.  I don't feel worthy.  When I first started blogging I was so excited until I realized that people were actually going to READ what I had written.  YIKES!

Jeff says that if you have written, then you are already a writer.  So I am here today to declare to you that I AM A WRITER!  Hopefully we will see if it is as they say, admitting is the hardest part. 
Oh, maybe that is talking about something else :)

I have already talked to my dad and co-workers about my blog, but they have politely blown me off.  My aunt has shared her writing experiencees with me and encouraged me along the way.  I am not comfortable sharing my writing with them yet, but hopefully one day I will.  Until then, I will keep putting thoughts down on paper.

I am looking forward to a challenging 15 days.  Are you up for the challenge?  If so, you can get more info and sign up here


  1. A great message, positive affirmation, and I agree -- you ARE a writer!!!!

    And I'll have to check this series out -- it sounds very interesting.

  2. He has a lot of people signed up.

  3. Wow. I popped over there and there are a lot of people. I think I'll just watch and see. BTW, YOU ARE A WRITER!!!

  4. Sounds like a nice series. :) You need confidence. My only real writing was some journalism I had a cute little weekly Pet Care column in my local paper in the 90's. :) I am not very confident either, and am working on a story. Actually I have some typed chapters. My blog started off kind of newsy, that was all I knew how to write. :/ I was always searching for news topics that I thought would spark a debate. In December decided for another turn on it. :) I started a little story about my family who don't read mine either. :)

  5. I know it's a hard first step, but YOU ARE A WRITER and SO AM I!


  6. This sounds great. I love it!! It is so hard to put yourself out there as a writer, I totally understand. It is so awesome that you are doing this :)


  7. That's awesome! You are a writer. Never forget it. :)

  8. Oh yes, you're a writer! I remember getting over that obstacle myself. It's a big one. I was "closet" for so long!

    I always think of "authors" as being published, but those of us who write regularly as "writers." I know some people don't agree with me, but oh well. That's how I define it. :)

    Best of luck on your journey!

  9. You certainly are a writer! You write, therefore you are. Good luck to you on your 15 day journey.

  10. You have come to the right community to declare yourself a writer. Family members are not always interested until they see it make money. Sometimes writing does not "pay off". But it is a wonderfully creative outlet for expression :)

    Good luck on this journey :)


  11. Yes--you are a writer--great for your boyfriend who is telling people. But I know what you mean about feeling weird about it. I was too-for a LONG time. None of my family visits my blog--ever. :)
    Now go tell all you meet 'I'm a writer!'

  12. I so relate to this post. I too cringe if I dare to think of myself as a writer, but here I go (clutches courage in both hands) I AM A WRITER. Yikes I did it!