You ARE a Writer – You Just Need to Believe It
One of the major hurdles to overcome when you’re just starting to write is taking yourself seriously. Thinking ‘I am a writer’ and not shying away from that can feel almost impossibly bold. So we like going back to this article from March 2011, in which famous authors talk about the “secrets of their craft”; namely, what it is that makes a writer, and how they go about the business of writing a book. The interviews are full of interesting and useful tidbits on writing routine, book structure, characterisation, etc. (We especially like P.D. James’s description of how completely a writer becomes involved in their characters’ lives.) It also shows how different writers are and how differently they can approach writing.
But there is a strong, unifying sense throughout the article that not only have most of the authors interviewed always wanted to be writers, they have, from very early on, thought of themselves as writers.
We think that’s really important. You are writing; you are a writer. Be bold.