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Saturday, December 19, 2009
Are You a Writer?
Many hesitate to claim the title of writer. It seems presumptuous, perhaps, to include yourself in a group that includes Jane Austin, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Toni Morrison. You may insist that you do not write well enough to call yourself a writer. But that sets the bar too high. If you put works on paper, you are a writer. This is a simple but useful definition. Consider the following definitions. Anyone who builds something of wood is a carpenter. A person who gets behind the wheel of a car is a driver. Anyone who runs is a runner. These definitions have a couple of things in common. First, simply participating in the activity allows the person to claim the title. Second, claiming the title does not say anything about the proficiency of performance. A person who runs a 15-minute mile is just as much a runner as is the person who runs a 4-minute mile. Similarly, the person who writes one simple story is as much a writer as a Pulitzer Prize winner. If you write, proudly call yourself a writer. Don’t worry that you may need to improve the quality of your writing, because that is true of every writer, even the most acclaimed.
My first love was reading, and my second love was writing. Deciding how to string words together fascinates me.
My interests and pursuits are wide ranging. I'm a self-employed educational entrepreneur and book packager. During my career I have worked as a consultant, professor, business owner, author and ghostwriter.