Why You Need to Call Yourself a Writer

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I’m not even going to ask if you are busy – this being the holiday season and all. It doesn’t help that this year, in addition to the regular holiday stuff, there are supply chain issues, shortages, and COVID.

If you aren’t finding time to write, most people would understand. After all . . . busyness.

But I’m going to be honest with you. I’m not most people. I’m a writer. And if you want to see your work in press, you need to call yourself a writer in December and throughout the rest of the year. Here is why.

Attitude Adjustment

Recently I blogged about the power of calling yourself a writer. You can read that post here on the Muffin. One of my regular readers wrote to me about her own experience in calling herself a writer.

She was at a writing event. Throughout the day, participants met with various groups of fellow writers. At each meeting, they were to introduce themselves. “Hello. My name is Sue and I’m a writer.” She explained that after doing this for a day, she felt a shift in her attitude.

She wasn’t someone who wanted to be a writer. She was a writer.

Priority Shift

Once you think of yourself as a writer, your attitude toward your writing will also change. It will become a priority.

This matter because most of us find time for the things we prioritize. Now, don’t argue. I see some of you building up to a real snit.

The closet you really want to clean out but haven’t cleaned out in three years? The baseboard that needs painting? The baby book you’ve been meaning to fill in for your high school senior? Dare I say this? It may sound good to call them priorities but they aren’t. And that’s okay. We’ve each got the same number of hours in every day and I’d much rather see you writing than cleaning.

Call yourself a writer and writing becomes essential. Writers, after all, write.

–SueBE