We, as writers, have a tendency to not declare ourselves as such. Usually, it’s because we feel that others won’t take us seriously and will, at best, be dismissive. I ordered calling cards with my name and the word “author” beneath it. How many have I given out…very few. That’s mainly because I know that they won’t understand that those cards are a motivational tool for me. It is an affirmation. I’m afraid that they’ll see it as me being delusional or a bit grandiose when I am neither. I write. I do not claim to be published or famous or anything other than a writer. So, dammit, I need to start spreading those cards around town. I need to buy a t-shirt that declares me a writer. I need to speak up about my writing…not brag just not hide it like it’s some terrible secret. This is such a huge part of who we are that we need to be proud of it and not worry about how others receive and react to that declaration. Their response to that does not define who we are…we define who we are. So the next time you feel like telling someone that you’re a writer…don’t do it apologetically or in a lowered voice…declare it. Be proud of it. Own it…because you are a freakin’ writer!
“Darling, you feel heavy because you are too full of truth. Open your mouth more. Let the truth exist somewhere other than inside your body.” ~ Della Hicks-Wilson