Yesterday, I shared with you how much I like the movie Julie and Julia (The joy of being alive through #food and #writing) and last night I thought about a scene from it. After Eric encourages Julie to start a blog, Julie says to him “I could be a writer!” to which her husband replies “You are a writer”. Somewhere in her past, Julie began writing a novel, but, because nobody has been interested in her story, she gave up. This disappointment made her believe she was not a writer.
I often thought about that myself, that I’m not a writer until my work is published, or until I’ll be satisfied with my writing (as if that would ever happen). I’m really on the fence with this one.
So, I ask: if you’ve never been published that means you’re not a writer?
Someone said there’s a difference between those who get published and those who don’t. Writers write. Therefore, if you write, you’re a Writer. Those whose writings get published are called Authors. Kind of a level up. Or, rather, the top of the level.
How do you feel about it? Are you doubting yourself? Published or not published, do you consider yourself a writer? Do you think there are some steps or something like a ritual (ironically speaking, of course) you need to go through in order to become a writer? Anyone can write, but that doesn’t make everyone a writer, right?