You write. So you are a writer.
That is one of the positive affirmations which veteran writers make up to motivate and encourage would-be writers as well as aspiring writers.
Of course, there’s no harm in putting faith in that affirmation and using it to keep you on track with your writing journey.
But sometimes the affirmation just doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to work.
It may turn out to be a false belief that limits your potential. It won’t get you very far. It won’t help you commit to writing. And it definitely won’t make you a better writer.
Just take me as an example. For a long time, I utterly believed that I was a writer thanks to my writing some words on a regular basis. From the day I adopted the affirmation, I became able to summon the courage to write the sacred word “writer” next to my profession (I was and am a web developer) when crafting my profile on social media sites and my résumé; I could answer assertively when someone asked what my dream was because I knew I wanted to be a writer.
All those initial effects were good, but they didn’t last long. I soon found myself procrastinating from time to time; I didn’t practice writing; I didn’t do anything to help me grow as a writer. Worse, my passion for writing faded into the background as the days slowly passed.
Finally, I ended up remaining a would-be writer.
A short while ago, I decided to change the way I approach writing. That change began when I re-defined the word “writer”: A writer is someone who has a great passion for writing and eagerly wants to become a better writer regardless of how great his or her fame and success are.
Which brought me to this much better affirmation: “You love to write and are willing to improve your writing skills. So you are a writer.” [Click to Tweet]
Since I employed it, I’ve been transformed into a more productive writer. I feel like a long-term commitment has been made between me and writing. Most importantly, I have an urge to constantly upgrade my writing skills.
Over to You
Do you have what it takes to become a writer, or, at least, to believe that you can become a writer?
I’m sure you have. Just go ahead and embrace your newfound affirmation:
You love to write and are willing to improve your writing skills. So you are a writer.
Write it down on paper when you’re stuck. Say it aloud several times every morning. It works!
You are a writer. Let’s affirm that in the comments!