What makes a writer…a writer??
I’ve been having a bad case of writer’s block lately, and this question recently came to mind. I’ve thought about this before, but never addressed it. So, since I’m in a slump and haven’t been writing…I figured I would take this question and roll with it. Maybe this will help me break the silence and start writing regularly again!
Nowadays, everyone is a writer. There are blogs, freelance writing opportunities, and almost anyone can write a book….even cheesy reality celebrities. I found this to be frustrating at times because in my eyes, it’s not fair to call yourself a writer or “best selling author” simply because you told someone your story and they wrote it for you…aka, having a ghost writer. In my opinion, a true writer forms their own ideas or has an idea pitched to them and they write the words themselves. You take the time to truly decide what words flow together and ultimately put together a story that you think readers will enjoy.
In the age of the internet, with blog sites every where, people can express their thoughts and opinions as freely as they would like. As long as their writing their own blog, they’ve become a writer. This is fine, and almost encouraging that so many people have decided to share their knowledge and interests with people of the “internet world”.
So while all this may be good & true… does this take away from the writing craft?? Now that every one is a writer in their own “right”, is it taken for granted?? Writing has been and always will be an art form. A true writer can paint a picture with words and capture the attention of any reader. It used to be that writing a book was a huge accomplishment that a writer worked very hard toward and ultimately was coined an author or novelist. With the use of the internet, most people can self-publish a book they think worthy of selling to the world or as mentioned above, a “reality TV celebrity” can hire someone to listen to them talk and become an author.
While it is nice to know writing as become such a beloved past time, I think that, unfortunately, the ease of being able to get a book published these days has taken something away from the art of it all.
Am I alone in these thoughts?? I welcome any feedback 🙂