When people ask what I do, I usually tell them about my day job, not my writing, even though I think of writing as my chosen career. Like the writing is less real because it doesn’t give me health benefits. So I like Kristine Carlson Asselin’s post about owning yourself as a writer. She talks about the hesitation to identify as a writer, and how we should stand up for our writing. She says:
“I AM A WRITER. And if you write, YOU ARE A WRITER. Not you want to be a writer. Not you hope to be a writer. If you write, YOU ARE A WRITER.”
Amen to that! I might need to start practicing this affirmation. Do you find it hard to identify as a writer?