When I first started this blog with dreams of somehow inching my way into the world of writing, I never thought of myself as a “writer.”
I labeled myself on my “about me” page as a wanna-be writer. I apologized and hemmed and hawed and did everything in my power to play off the fact that I desperately, desperately wanted to be seen as a professional.
They emphasized the point that if I wanted to be seen as a professional, I needed to take myself seriously first.
And it made sense.
But I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
I left up my “wanna-be writer” title; I was hesitant and afraid. I continued to act like editors were granting me a favor by allowing me to write for them.
Now that I have successfully arrived to the point where I feel that I have “made” it as a writer–a book deal and national publications–I still struggle with being seen as a “writer.”
Well, I’m not a “real” writer, I think. Sure, I have a book deal, but it’s a small publisher!
Oh, that article? Just in the right place at the right time!
But yesterday, I took down the gimmicks and the excited exclamation points when I listed my writing clips. I cleaned out the list, making it clean and matter-of-fact. No, ohmygosh I can’t believe I was published here attitude for me.
Because the one thing I have learned along the way is that nothing magical happened to my writing over the course of the two years I have been chasing this dream.
I didn’t transform into a professional writer.
There was no pumpkin carriage or spell cast.
The only thing that separated me from a wanna-be to a published writer…
Succeeding as a writer really is all about hard work, perseverance, dedication, a little bit of luck, and…
Believing in yourself.