Wednesday, 1 February 2012
The Unpublished Writer
When you tell people you're a writer, they tend to assume that you've been published. I never introduce myself as a writer, but in my head I am. And I often start sentences with phrases like "as a writer, I think..." (I'm actually not as pretentious as I'm probably coming across). And I kind of feel like a fraud.
I've been able to feed myself for years, but I wouldn't call myself a cook. Just because I can string a sentence together, doesn't make me a writer. I very rarely even write with a pen.
A few years ago, my friend Ashleigh introduced me as The Writer to his friends, which was so sweet and I thought it was great. I had an identity. I was The Writer.
But somewhere in the back of my mind I feel like I can't be a writer until I have something published, and I don't think self-publishing would be enough. I've written seventeen novels, but part of me know that they don't count until you can buy a book with my name on it.
Also, I finally caved and joined Twitter. My username (correct terminology?) is @leglet.