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How Do You Know If You’re Really A Writer?

You Are A WriterDancers dance. Singers sing. And writers, well, they do just that – write.

Except there is this weird thing about writers: they don’t believe they are actual writers (not until they get published at least). I have plenty of friends who dance – most amateurs – who will tell you in a heartbeat that they are indeed, a dancer. The same goes with my friends who are singers (even if they’ve never sung in front of a crowd).

When I began my journey as a writer, I wrote short stories and a ton of poetry. People would refer to me as “Miss Poet” and tell me how I was a “good writer” and I couldn’t help but think, “Me? A writer? No.”

Jeff Goins, in his book You Are A Writer, believes differently. He says, “You are a writer. You just need to write.” Wait…pause right there, Jeff. You mean I don’t need to have an ebook published, have an article in a magazine, or even have been listed on The New York Times bestsellers list? Nope. He challenges every person who writes to pick up a pen, something to scribble on, and write this sentence: “I am a writer.”

I must say Goins’ book is powerful. I can’t tell you how many sentences I uprooted out of paragraphs to sticky-note around my work desk as “inspirational quotes for writers.” He has great one liners, like these:

Believe you already are what you want to be.  And then start acting like it.

I began to trust my calling before I had anything to show for it.

Until you acknowledge this — that you are a writer —  you are depriving the world of a gift it longs for. One that stands the test of time.

He provides a lot of wisdom too, something I know we love having here at Proverbs & Wisdom:

The greatest failure is to never risk at all.

When you fail, you don’t really fail. You learn.

What it takes to start is not talent but the willingness to finish, to follow through.

What’s the purpose for all of this? “We have an opportunity,” he says, “…to write words  that  matter,  to change lives with language.” I agree. We all have a message to share. Some tell it through song or dance movements, others through photographs and paintings; we writers share it with our words.

From aiding you to building confidence that you are a writer, to instructing you on building a platform, developing relationships with influential people, pitching stories to magazines and publishers, Goins covers it all in his book.

So, what are you waiting for? Stop waiting for someone to validate the title you were born into — a writer. Just go write but not before picking up a copy of You Are A Writer. Trust me, Goins’ words of wisdom will help you during the process.

You can visit Jeff Goins’ website at and pick up a copy of his book on

17 Responses

  1. tough question. I am actually published, two novels behind me, but then I stopped writing for some years so was I then no longer a writer? My blog has gotten me writing again, and I have to say, having published, having tasted a bit of that “professional” success, knowing that it can be fleeting reinforcement I guess I just don’t worry about the title of writer anymore. I just write.

    1. Hi Sandra! Thanks for stopping by.

      “I just don’t worry about the title of writer anymore. I just write.” This is great! I’ve always thought we write best too when we don’t seek others approval or get caught up in titles.

      I’d say you’re a writer, perhaps just not an active one if you aren’t writing though. Once you’ve been born a writer, you remain one forever.

  2. I enjoyed that food for thought. I’m ready to claim it. I’m a writer! (And a speaker, and a team builder, and a personal transformation coach, and…) 🙂

  3. I’ve been writing for what seems like forever, mostly for other people. It wasn’t until my life went downhill, that I finally started writing for myself. I listen to my inner voice and to God and now everything has changed for me. Personally, I don’t think it matters if you’re published or not, it just matters that you picked up the pen and put it to paper. Writing is all about the journey and how your words help others along the way. You never know who you’ll meet, but always remember to greet each person with a smile and treat them as a blessing. Thanks for sharing Ashley! I am so glad to be a part Proverbs & Wisdom. I hope that my writing will touch the lives of others and that will find inspiration in my words.

    1. Susan! Words filled with wisdom. It’s “funny,” I actually started writing for myself, then others, and then realized I wrote best when I remain true to myself and my writing. I suppose we did the slight opposite. God is a great help when writing and listening to our inner voice gives our words a unique touch. It keeps it authentic. It’s such a tremendous blessing having you here at Proverbs & Wisdom. You’re words are always enlightening.

      P.S. I may have to quote you, “Writing is all about the journey and how your words help others along the way.”

  4. I’ve never had problem thinking of myself as a writer, since I’ve written stories almost since Iearnt to write. It took longer to convince myself I was actually an author though!

    1. Paula, haha! Perhaps it was your overall excitement that caused your unbelief? Authors are writers though! Congratulations to you on being published. Thank you for visiting.

    1. You’re welcome, Milan. It’s good seeing you! The first step in doing anything is believing you can. I think you’ve overcome half the battle (or at least a good portion of it)!

  5. Thanks for sharing this post. I appreciate the words: “Believe you already are what you want to be. And then start acting like it.” Sometimes we let the fear of rejection or failure keep us from being what God has called us to be. May God bless the both of you! Deborah H. Bateman-Author

    1. Deborah, doubt and fear can be the worse hindrances when we’re trying to accomplish. We must learn how to overcome it. God bless you too and thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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