Is there such a thing as an aspiring writer?
“I’m an aspiring writer!” *beams*
“So… you’re hoping… to write? Don’t you already write?”
While perusing Twitter, Facebook, or the blog-o-sphere I constantly find profile’s stating a person is an ‘aspiring writer’, but this bothers me. Not because I think I’m a better writer than other people or I don’t think they’re really writers, but simply because I don’t understand how one can aspire to be a writer.
I mean, doesn’t writing something like… a poem, a song, a journal entry, a novel, a blog post, anything count as writing? So, if you’re writing something, doesn’t that already make you a writer?
If that’s the case then wouldn’t aspiring writers be people don’t write? And if you truly are an aspiring writer (aka someone who doesn’t write), what are you waiting for? Why not start writing today? This second?! What’s stopping you? You don’t need to build up muscle mass or vocabulary or anything at all. There’s no prep work because…
“The best way to become a writer is simply to write.”
In that case, if people aren’t actually aspiring writers, then what are they? Well, that depends on the type of writing they’re doing. The most common objective and classic type of writer is one who writes novels and wishes to publish them. However, that’s not to say that’s the only type of writer. Thousands of writers don’t write novels. Some are poets, song writers, journalists, bloggers, and more. These are the terms we need to utilize when saying we’re aspiring to be something.
- I don’t call myself an aspiring writer because I already write. Rather, I aspire to write and publish many novels, but as I am yet unpublished and have no completed writing multiple novels I consider myself to be an aspiring novelist.
- On the other hand, if I wanted to write and publish articles in a newspaper or magazine or online journal, I would consider myself to be an aspiring journalist.
Both are writers, but they’re far more specific. Using these titles also makes it clear which type of writing skill you are currently working on and trying to tone in order to reach your goal of being a novelist or journalist or poet or whatever type of writer you want to be.
Though, this is just my opinion on aspiring writers. Maybe you see the title differently. Let me know in the comments below.
And check out my discussion from last week:
“Romanticizing the Apocalypse“